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Well certainly from my soldiers on the ground, thank you to Ben and Jim for your diligence in finding this information out for me.

It seems that I really should have taken up smoking and lit up when I received the letter and replacement tickets in the mail from RGC Shows! It looks like my 40 foot of frontage by 20 foot deep is not going to be 40 foot of frontage by 18 foot deep as they implied with their letter!

What it looks like is that my 40 foot of frontage is just 20 foot of frontage and 18 foot deep. Trouble is, the vehicle that I use is 21 foot long, that gives me a mere MINUS ONE FOOT of space to get my 1950’s furnishing etc out of the back of the vehicle and less than 1/3 of the previous space I had for displaying my product! Not only that, I no longer have my corner location so effectively I lose another 10 foot of frontage that I paid the extra.

Ben and Jim described the marking for the space as being a single space with the two space numbers marked one above the other, now if they are going to build a second floor to the space then I guess I would get that space but somehow I don’t think so. The spaces are marked

XXXX
YYYY

This means that I am paying $210 for a space that anyone else would previously have paid $90, while a fellow Seller is paying $120 for the same space size that would have cost $90, while there are others that are still receiving the same space for $80 that they paid for previously.

This Sunday, 12th February I will know for sure what the situation is and won’t just be speculation! I know that I will be rather upset and will have questions to ask the Staff at Canning Shows at the show and I guess that I may have to go through the Small claims court to make myself whole financially if the way the space is marked is actually correct and I am been screwed of a big chunk of my selling space.

Update

Well lucky me…

…I was lucky enough to get my double space, the area was remarked and the old markings blacked out but…

… They made a charge for the May tickets equivalent to two corner spaces! So I sent te morning talking them on the phone and pointed out the charges for the new location would remain the same according to their letter and it’s bad enough being charged for a premium corner location but then to be charged another $30 for the inline section of my double space. He made an excuse and said that there was a mistake made during the switch to the new location but the price was correct on the tickets sent through the mail to replace the cancelled locations!

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Sherlock Holmes make have said the very same if they had received the two letters I received today from RG Canning shows.

We are a victim of the construction work being carried out at the Rose bowl at Pasadena, California! Our double space has been swallowed completely by the building work.

They say it is just for the next two years, and then we may get our spaces back if the location is still available!

Some how I am suspicious of the word ‘temporary’ simply because most times that means permanent!

The locations that I received are numbered with a gap between them, that worries me, the sale point of the corner space and a middle space next to it is because the length of our vehicle precludes having middle spaces. We don’t always fill the two spaces simply because of the consequence of using a single large vehicle, we can fit in to the vehicle enough to fill the area that two vehicles would fill but not enough space for the vacant area that the missing vehicle would take up. Our cargo van sits squarely in the 20 foot of the space so if we are restricted to a single space to locate the truck then we can fit in but cannot get items in and out of the cargo van, lol.

I did phone them and questIon the locations and whether I would have both spaces together and the customer service person was really vague and put me through to the guy in charge, I haven’t heard back from them, I left a message and was hoping to find out.

After our family selling at Rosebowl flea market for the past 25+ years this could be the deciding factor about dropping the show and finding a new venue that is cheaper to travel to and where I can have a shorter selling day and cheaper booth fees.

Yep, less than a week to go and it will be Rosebowl Flea market again, and I am dreading it.

Normally I load on the Monday before and get ready, I got home and I just didn’t feel in the mood to load, too much to do and I guess I am not optimistic about doing well out there. To make it worse, they increased ticket prices by 10% for sellers so that increases the cost of selling from $190 to $210, well it is not literally 10% it is $10 for each ticket and since I have one that was $110 and another that is $80 it is more than 10% for the one ticket and slightly less than that for the other! Either way it is a big price increase. The reason given was that costs have gone up…

…but I believe it is more a case of an increase in the number of sellers that are quitting because it is not financially viable and it is difficult to get out of the flea market at the end of the day because of the ever changing layout that means that it can take 40 minutes to leave the flea market.

The show also has fewer customers coming through the turnstiles, they claim that it is more people but as sellers we have noticed far less people walking around the show ground and they come in later paying the cheapest price possible to enter. Rather than charging less to enter they increase fees to customers and they then arrive late and want everything cheaper and cheaper.

Less staff and now we don’t see trash cans, shoppers dump their trash in our selling spaces and we have to clean that mess up at the end of the day.

Last month I had a customer angry because I wanted his driving license or $30 deposit on a furniture dolly (that he would get back upon return of the dolly). He couldn’t understand that I have lost on average one dolly each month because people buy items and don’t return the dollies in fact I think they keep them to move their purchase when they get home, I can’t carry that loss. The cost of dollies especially the two wheel variety is high, the last two cost me $60 each. The items that were purchased cost that price or less so effectively I gave Away the purchase or lost money on the purchase.

Saying that I would rather sell at the shows than out of the stores, I could sell cheaper at the shows and make more money because of the commission and booth rent costs in the antique mall.

Ideally I would rather sell online and focus on that but who knows how long before eBay makes it no longer viable to sell on there.

Well another Rosebowl flea market in the rear view mirror of life. It was quite interesting, after having rain forecast for days it turned out to be a really nice day, not too cold but not hot, perfect weather. Shame the customers were not the greatest.

This month we had another film crew in. It seems that Lara Spencer was filming segments for a new show along the lines of so many that we have already seen filmed. She filmed a lucite dining room table and chair set that some friends were selling and then shortly after she filmed a short segment featuring this horrible piece of furniture that I was selling. I purchased it several months ago from a yard Sale in Sun City California only to decide that it was not a good buy and at a terrible price. Since they had forecast the rain I thought that the terrible weather would not do it any harm. I had already made the decision to sell it for $20 and treat it as a dead loss thinking that someone, anyone, would buy it for that price….

… It was funny, lots of interest but even at that price they snubbed it.

One of there’s people that thought it was cool and saw the beauty under the ugly but walked each time.

After the segment filmed the one girl came back and purchased it for the $20 and left.

Literally minutes later a member of the production crew returned to purchase the bench and was shocked that the bench had been sold and they went racing to try and find the girl before she left the Fleamarket.

Five minutes later Lara Turner and the rest of the crew walked past and they looked flustered, then one of the crew asked if it had been purchased by their. Few and I said, sorry but it sold too girl and the person rushed to to catch up to buy it from her.

An hour or so later they came back and purchased the lucite table to use instead,