Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Gypsy Wagon - Part 2 The Naughty Minion

The Hoardmaster General has proven to be a great Wagon Builder. The gypsy wagon now has really taken shape. Chris painted everything green except the wheels, which remain a nice powder blue. The trailer has sides now, so our stuff won't go careening off into the ditch on these great upstate NY roads. He set up groovy lights and even gave it a spare tire!

We have been joking back and forth about the name of this item....trailer vs. gypsy wagon. I wanted to add some kind of decoration to it, so really we could call it a gypsy wagon. So I grabbed some stencils I had from another project, and tagged the wheel wells with a nice powder blue swirly.
Naughty Network Minion!
Chris didn't complain, but honestly the stencil sucked. I am sad and sorry that I messed with his nice job. I either need to go back and fix this stencil and fix it so it is an asset, or I need to cover it up with more green paint, which of course I think we are out of! I need to learn to leave well enough alone.

Friday, June 25, 2010

The Gypsy Wagon - Part 1

The General Hoardmaster is a man of generous talent, although his humbleness equals that talent and you will never get him to admit it. Every day I observe his ability to reshape and mold things, transforming them into objects of beauty or practicality. The latest of his achievements includes this beauty of a trailer that he has been constructing for the past 2 weeks or so.

Before the transformation

This is what it looked like the first time I became aware that he was going to transform this into the trailer. I love the aged blue look of it, but he informed me that I shouldn't get used to it, since it's going to get painted. The metal has to be protected or the whole unit will implode with rust.

Logistics check in the late afternoon haze

It looks so funny as a simple framework, so fragile, so open. I can't believe this will hold our precious wares as we travel over the lumps and bumps of upstate New York roads. I can't wait to see the magic that Chris spins as he puts this together.

The rusty blue hitch cover

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Cooperstown on July 4

Ever since I've known Chris, he has been doing the Cooperstown Antique Show in Wood Bull Field on the weekend of the Fourth of July. The show falls right on July 4 this year, and I look forward to stocking up a nice booth and seeing YOU! The Hoardmaster General is working on creating a trailer that we can use to haul our wares. He calls it a trailer. I call it the gypsy wagon! Hopefully, it will be done in time for July 4, and we can test it out.
The Cooperstown Show is organized by Wood Bull Antiques in Milford, NY. This year there is new management, with Steven and Hillary Eklund and Graham Briggs joining Tom and Donna. I can't wait to see what new things they have in store for us this year. They are great people, and really easy to deal with. They provide food vendors for the show and try to make sure that there is plenty to see.

Since Cooperstown is the Baseball capital of the world, we try to save up interesting sports memorabilia for this show. It's hard to come by, but we will have some goodies to show and sell. I know Chris likes to bring a nice assortment of items to the shows. We are building boxes already!

Here's the skinny:
At the Cooperstown Antiques Show, 75 to 100 dealers will sell their wares on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Early birds will be welcome from 6:30 to 9 a.m. It will be at Wood Bull Antiques at 3920 State Highway 28 in Milford. For information, call 286-9021.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Getting Serious

No time for a pretty picture story today! The summer is upon us and the frenzy is in full swing. Summertime is crazy for us. Chris has his hands full with a heavy load of tasks. There's all the things a person usually has to do at home during the warm months, such as mowing the lawn, weed-wacking, firewood gathering, and various home repair projects that have to all fit in there somewhere. As if that isn't enough, summertime is also the boomtime of garage sales, yard sales, porch sales, flea markets, shows, and town-side sales! These sales rotate from town to town and are a continual treasure hunt. It all requires time and fortitude. It gets serious.
The economy has us all shaking our heads in dismay while we scramble to pay off all debts as fast as possible. We are no exception, as we plunge into more markets, attempt to disperse our goods further from the home base, expand our internet presence, and spend hard earned dollars on advertising. There's so much that has to be done, it's sometimes overwhelming. It's getting serious.
But in the middle of all this bustling activity, the most amazing thing has happened. The partnership of Chris and Julie is going to another level. Chris proposed to me on June 6...and I accepted! The crazy general hoardmaster and the network minion will soon team up together as one and live happily ever after. This has caused me to step back and consider the role that I have already taken on as his cheerleader and helper. I have not been too much of a player up-to-date. It's time for me to pump it up and become more than just a side kick. I want to help Chris as much as possible so that the store can thrive and realize it's full potential! It's a lot of work for him alone, and I hate to see him so drained with the responsibility of it all. I need to take really good care of him, after all, he's going to be my sweet husband soon. I want him around for awhile. It's getting really serious!