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All the Hershey stories here, and of course natural topic at home this time of year got me thinking to post this obvious advice.

 

I don't recall regretting too many buys but the misses often stay with you. 😕

 

Our first A was an older but pretty nice restoration with the exception of painted bumpers.  Came across a set of rear bumpers, cannot recall the price but I wanted to walk a bit and think on it.  Turned around a row or two later in time to watch a guy putting them on his cart... 😯

 

Dad once stayed with a nice Texaco sign for 30 minutes while vendor was having breakfast as his wife couldn't price it.  Before cell phone era.  Two guys kept circling back, he knew they liked it as well.  It's in our collection now, being patient pays as well!  Happy hunting all! 

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Steve.....true Wisdom.  The treasures that light you up today can always be moved down the line later if you fall out of love, but the “ones that got away” their sting lasts a long time. 
 

and if you are taking a buddy, choose wisely. Take an enabler... they are more fun. 

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On 9/30/2022 at 9:19 PM, John Bloom said:

Steve.....true Wisdom.  The treasures that light you up today can always be moved down the line later if you fall out of love, but the “ones that got away” their sting lasts a long time. 
 

and if you are taking a buddy, choose wisely. Take an enabler... they are more fun. 

I am looking for a disabler to taker. Someone to talk me out of another project. Just got done hooking up my trailer. My son is coming with me, but he's he wont talk me out of anything. My wife is worse, she asked if i needed more money to take.

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Ok I can help be your disabler , I also have taken too much on, you need at least 3 projects at a time, but it seems like you have more than that.

But you are in a great postion also, you must be nice, and picked well, to have a wife to tell you to bring more money, and a son that wants to join you.

 

congrats

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Mrs. Mack and Patty Mack would be enablers.  All good, I try to be a careful spender in most areas, this still beats the casino, or bar, or a host of other things... 🤔😊

 

One more thought on hesitation, although I usually find these folks amusing, beware the swiper.  You know, your looking at something and go to put it down, and the swiper grabs it like it was the idol in Raiders of the Lost Ark.  I always think its good form to let the person putting a given item back to at least take a step back before rushing in.... 

 

Yes  by all means go for that item, hemming and hawing all day usually leads to non buyer's remorse.  But...for gosh sakes don't be a swiper!! 😉😁😁

 

One day workweek so pardon the Monday humor!!! 😁😁

 

 

 

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I also just got back late last night. In the spirit of the original topic of this ad, I TRIED to buy items when I saw them, but the sellers were nowhere to be found. Makes it tough to give them money. One vendor did have an honor system box, and I paid for the item I took, but the trailer hitch that I really needed, I was unable to purchase. I guess that saved me from hauling that heavy thing all the way from the far end of Orange back to my truck. Sprinkles during the day didn't really cause a problem, but encroaching age certainly did. Our band of three didn't even cover half the swap meet, and today I'm feeling it. 😲

 

Still managed to spend some money. 😁

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Yup. Make a deal when you see it. 

 

I'm reminded of a Fall Carlisle several years ago when one of my friends found a set of NOS period correct drag slicks that were perfect for the 1969 Torino drag car he was restoring. He and seller couldn't come to terms on price and he left them.

 

A few aisles over he got pangs of remorse and went back for them, only to watch them being loaded into someone else's cart.

 

I will never forget his Southern drawl of disappointment. "Wayal, dayum."

 

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On 10/3/2022 at 10:46 AM, Steve_Mack_CT said:

One more thought on hesitation, although I usually find these folks amusing, beware the swiper.  You know, your looking at something and go to put it down, and the swiper grabs it like it was the idol in Raiders of the Lost Ark.  I always think its good form to let the person putting a given item back to at least take a step back before rushing in.... 

 

Yes  by all means go for that item, hemming and hawing all day usually leads to non buyer's remorse.  But...for gosh sakes don't be a swiper!! 😉😁😁

 

 

   Steve, *chukle* you're telling me.....In high school I remember a tag/Estate sale off Rt 44 in WH at the base of the mountain. It was sort of a slow motion Ferris Bueller moment. You had to rip the tag in half to claim it. I put an item down to consult my price book. As I slowly went down the list and noted that there were less than 200 made a shadow loomed and cut across my field....Someone else got it, ripped the tag and was off.....Arghhh! Why I didn't give it to my friend to hold I'll never know. They also had a run down Phantom I limo out front for $12.5K Good times!

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I feel bad for one of my would be customers this year, he admired a Helck book I had, very fair price.

 

He said, well, I’d really like to have that, let me think on it and come back.

 

You know the rest of the story, when he came back he was disappointed to find it gone, and I felt bad for him…

 

Fewer vendors, fewer walkers, we still managed (from a selling standpoint) to have the best year ever….and seeing friends and hearing car stories from people priceless….anyone who stops and looks I try to ask them about their favorite car or what they’re working on, and few are shy when it comes to talking about their cars!

 

My favorite is when someone names a string of cars, I ask well,how many cars do you have?  Always get this sideways grin and “uh, quite a few” response….I bet very few AACA members own just ONE collector car!

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@trimacar, meeting in person and chatting with the Cocos was a meet highlight for us!  Thanks again for the reading material, and Mary loves the sign for "her" Packard!!  😊

 

@prewarnut, more than one desirable car has come out of WH garages over the years.  Great story, shame on that guy...

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3 hours ago, trimacar said:

Quick question, are dogs allowed on show field?

 

Not on show field David, technically not on car corral either, but we walked it with her but stayed in the walking lanes if you will.  She would not go over footbridge, she hates stairs and bridges, but it worked out fine.  We wouldn't drag the wagon near a car either...

 

I get the golf carts and scooters but they need to keep it at walking pace.

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