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Good morning friends!
I’m coming to you from a hotel in Rochester, Minnesota! I found the only lamp in the joint and curled up on the end of the couch so you could see my face! I was in Rochester with my friend, Marcia, as we were getting her ready for Gold Rush Days in Oronoco, Minnesota!
I always get asked why I help Marcia in her booth instead of bringing up my own inventory. The short answer is that Marcia’s boyfriend passed away a few years a go and I volunteered to help her at this show. Marcia and her boyfriend Kevin had taken me out to eat for my birthday after Marcia and I chatted at Junk Jubilee. Our booths were close and we made a connection. We had also been near each other at the Walnut Antique Show. I knew how much inventory Marcia brought to shows and I didn’t think she would manage on her own.
She is a tough old lady but she also loves to buy cabinets and tables the size of a truck. While I help her unload her vintage treasures at the show, she loads everything by herself. We laugh because we both have loaded something way too big for us to be loading by ourselves and we know how funny we would look to any spectator.
So, that is why I go with Marcia to Gold Rush Days. I drive a trailer, we both spend the day unloading, and then the rest of the weekend I mainly monitor her booth and help her rearrange. Sometimes I sneak away and pick, but most of the time I’m just there for support. The best part about helping Marcia is that I am only there for the first half, the unloading half. She gets someone else to help her load what doesn’t sell back in. A lot of times that’s her daughter.
This year was Gold Rush’s 50th Anniversary! Marcia sets up in the same spot her parents sold from years ago and often times one of the grandkids comes to help too! It was an extra emotional weekend for Marcia and I was glad I got to be there! Marcia has been a great friend and mentor.
So put it on the calendar and come see us next year!
Be sure to listen in to my #coffeetalk with Hilary! She gives us a house painting update!
Have a great week my friends!
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