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    Quote Originally Posted by brettxlch View Post
    I hear ya about packing up early, at terryville sat..10 am and people were leaving, they made thier dough so its time to go....next year im hitting terryville on friday...Maybe what the antique motorcycle needs is a fall/spring/ and summer carlisle meet...Kinda ticks me off , people walking around so early with flash lights....really is this how greedy people are.
    ....REPLY; ......QUOTE; "they made THEIR dough so it's time to go" Really??? Have you ever been a vendor at a swap meet? Terryville for me started after Memorial day earlier this year. Every day since then I spent a few hours each day dragging stuff out of the basement into the garage. Then sorting parts, degreasing parts, fixing parts, labeling parts then filling tubs and milk crates with them and god knows what else. I paid a friend of mine to help me load BOTH of our pickup trucks on Wednesday and we arrived late Thursday AM to unload BOTH trucks and set things up. Thursday night I got about 2 hours sleep thanks to the inconsiderate a-hole basically who got an indoor spot with electricity for camping in my building and not even vending. He left his radio blasting all night long while he was snoring away. Same thing Friday night so roughly 4 hours sleep in two nights sleeping in the back of my pickup truck with a broken back. So Friday at noon I pulled the plug as I was shot, plus my wife was pretty sick at home with breathing problems because of the weather last week. So we again loaded both trucks again and we went home. Arrived home and unloaded my buddies truck and said "tomorrow" for my load. Sunday morning I spent a few hours and unloaded my truck and this week will be spent putting stuff away. Other than the radio I never complained once as things were selling and I made a few bucks. Plus remember that all the stuff I cart around does not just fall into my lap for pennies on the dollar. I travel all over New England and NY State finding and getting this stuff home so you can try to beat me up on the price. ....SO..... it bothers you that someone left early because you slept late Friday night and arrived mid morning on a Saturday and everything good was gone? Remember that the early bird catches the worm. Cry me a river if a vendor who roasted in the sun is going home early is the only problem in your life. Don't criticize swap meet vendors until you have tried it yourself. We spend countless hours in prep for every swap meet we do yet alone time, travel and expenses. Please try to remember that before you criticize someones prices or if they go home a little early. It is not all about you and what you need or desire. RESPECTFULLY, 46EL/Author of "The glorious life of a swap meet vendor" (who has done it for 43 years now!!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by 46EL View Post
    ....REPLY; ......QUOTE; "they made THEIR dough so it's time to go" Really??? Have you ever been a vendor at a swap meet? Terryville for me started after Memorial day earlier this year. Every day since then I spent a few hours each day dragging stuff out of the basement into the garage. Then sorting parts, degreasing parts, fixing parts, labeling parts then filling tubs and milk crates with them and god knows what else. I paid a friend of mine to help me load BOTH of our pickup trucks on Wednesday and we arrived late Thursday AM to unload BOTH trucks and set things up. Thursday night I got about 2 hours sleep thanks to the inconsiderate a-hole basically who got an indoor spot with electricity for camping in my building and not even vending. He left his radio blasting all night long while he was snoring away. Same thing Friday night so roughly 4 hours sleep in two nights sleeping in the back of my pickup truck with a broken back. So Friday at noon I pulled the plug as I was shot, plus my wife was pretty sick at home with breathing problems because of the weather last week. So we again loaded both trucks again and we went home. Arrived home and unloaded my buddies truck and said "tomorrow" for my load. Sunday morning I spent a few hours and unloaded my truck and this week will be spent putting stuff away. Other than the radio I never complained once as things were selling and I made a few bucks. Plus remember that all the stuff I cart around does not just fall into my lap for pennies on the dollar. I travel all over New England and NY State finding and getting this stuff home so you can try to beat me up on the price. ....SO..... it bothers you that someone left early because you slept late Friday night and arrived mid morning on a Saturday and everything good was gone? Remember that the early bird catches the worm. Cry me a river if a vendor who roasted in the sun is going home early is the only problem in your life. Don't criticize swap meet vendors until you have tried it yourself. We spend countless hours in prep for every swap meet we do yet alone time, travel and expenses. Please try to remember that before you criticize someones prices or if they go home a little early. It is not all about you and what you need or desire. RESPECTFULLY, 46EL/Author of "The glorious life of a swap meet vendor" (who has done it for 43 years now!!)
    MY MISTAKE, ABOVE SHOULD HAVE READ....sATURDAY AT NOON i PULLED THE PLUG AND LEFT

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    I hear you about the music, or someone on a 2 stroke with no muffler. My first time vending at an AMCA meet was about 1976 at the old Maguire field meet in Orlando. It can be a thankless job, and you never get back what you have into acquiring the parts, and logistics of storing, loading, and trucking that junk around. Vending is essential to the survival of AMCA meets and I think everyone owes it to themselves to give it a try, and to share what they don't need. . . One of the main reasons old parts are so expensive is, there are way more buyers (hoarders) than sellers.
    Eric Smith
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    Many thanks to John and all the other vendors who obviously put so much time and effort into bringing the goodies that we all are searching for. John, even if I didn't buy anything from you this time I still appreciate the wealth of knowledge you share freely with all attendees and you guys are one of the main reasons I joined the AMCA to begin with. Thanks again for all your efforts. Great Meet and kudos to all who worked and participated. Smitty

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    Thanks Eric and Smitty for your kind words. And for the other guy at the meet who commented to the other guy about some of my prices... All you have to do is open your mouth and communicate with me and either ask if I can do better or make me a good offer? Nobody knows how to negotiate anymore? For the guys complaining there was nothing left to buy on Saturday?? I do not know if there were any 1937 to 1947 Motors for sale other than the 37UL I had? But from what I had and what I saw and what I was told you could have built pretty much an entire rolling chassis from parts at this meet. So to tell me there was nothing to buy at a small meet like this is nothing but BS. Things were not flying off the shelf but if you had GOOD STUFF and not JUNK people were stepping up to the plate and spending. NUFF SED; 46EL

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    Quote Originally Posted by 46EL View Post
    MY MISTAKE, ABOVE SHOULD HAVE READ....sATURDAY AT NOON i PULLED THE PLUG AND LEFT
    Well 1st of all i hope your wife is feeling better, my son has breathing probs in this weather also, i meant no disrespect to any vendors, thats just a term we use in the adirondacks, matter of fact i said it to a few vendors at terryville and they all new i was only joking . And yes ive been a vendor many times at hotrod meets....I try to bring what i think will sell i ask reasonable prices to get rid of things i dont need or want. As far as sleeping in im 3 1/2 hrs away from terryville in the adirondacks... I found 2 things i was looking for at very reasonable prices. I just didnt understand the fri/sat open days at cycle meets, and yes ive slept in bad conditions, I have to have a air mattress and im happy. I understand setting up loading on and off is a pain in the @#@#$$%%. Thats why after 30 years i know pretty well what sells and what doesnt as far as car parts go. I can see setting up on fri but u have to figure most working people work on friday, unless they take the day off, so sat/sun would boost vendor sales one would think.Thats just my opinion.....I had fun sat believe me..
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