It’s an 8am load-in. Which is not atypical for an antique event. We dealers are used to being up early, ready to back into our allotted space and unload a carload of merchandise at an ungodly hour. Actually, the Upstate Smorgasburg starts at a decent hour. When we do E.T. (Elephant’s Trunk) in Norwalk CT, we have to be on line by 5:30 am, just to get onto the field.
I’m really glad too, that Smorgasburg is only one weekend per month (third Saturday and Sunday of the month, from May through October). Last year’s schedule of every Saturday from August to October was exhausting. By the time we loaded in at 8am, worked our booth and packed up at 6pm; we barely had enough energy to unpack the car at the end of each Saturday. And this was every Saturday for 13 weeks. My husband Larry sardonically observed that it was easier for all the other vendors there – they was half our age!
Part of the appeal of Smorgasburg is the food. The food vendors prepare and cook their food on the site, offerings range from oysters on the half shell to ramen burgers. We usually check out the food as soon as we finish setting up the booth. We want to know what we can grab when we get a chance to eat. So far our favorites are the smoked salmon skewers from Hook Line Sinker and the Poke Bowls from Ono Grinds Poke.
All complaining aside, it’s not all doom and gloom. It’s actually a lot of fun meeting friendly people, especially those who recognize what we have and can pinpoint what year they (or their parent) had one. And it’s a lot of fun re-discovering all the stuff we had forgotten we even had. We’ve been selling mostly mid-20th century housewares and accessories. Mad Men has made a huge impact on our collective memories.
Last month we brought old record albums to the show. Larry had found several cartons while emptying out the upstairs closet. We had moved them from New York City 28 years ago, shoved them into the closet and forgotten them. After he sorted them into Keep and Discard, there were 2 groups of cartons, one of 2 and the other of 6. Guess which ones were the Keep?
The Smorgasburg buyers have all been impressed at how good a condition these records are in. But then, no one has played them in at least 28 years. The two cartons of mostly Disco albums have been a big hit at the show. Who knew how popular Disco albums would be 30 years later? Donna Summer has never had it so good.
BC Gee, proprietor of Mezzanine Vintage & The Rondout Inn
Smorgasburg at the Hutton Brickyards in Kingston, NY is a monthly market every third weekend of the month from May through October. Situated on ten acres on the Hudson River waterfront, Smorgasburg Upstate features some of the Hudson Valley and upstate region’s most exciting chefs, food purveyors, and craft brewers alongside a curated selection of handmade design, vintage clothing and antiques. There are also a few of our favorite Brooklyn vendors as well activities for children and family-friendly musical fare.
Market hours are 11am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday. Public Parking available on site. Dogs are welcome and must be on leash at all times.