This morning, I had grabbed some coffee, and was doing some paper grading, when I thought that it might be a good idea to find out when the show was going to start. So, I send TWJ an email to verify the time, to which he responded, “Now.”
Reading this, Tommy and I grabbed boxes of corkscrews and openers, and headed down to the appropriate room.
After laying our stuff on the tables, we started to peruse other JFO’ers offerings.
I managed to pick up a BUDDY-NIFE and a PAL FOUR IN ONE from the same person for a pretty fair price, and once back at my table made a few sales to various attendees.
And, after things slowed down a bit, Tommy started talking trade. Basically, with all of the corkscrews sitting on the tables before us, we just start taking turns making piles, and waiting for the other person to shake their head, roll their eyes, or ultimately say “deal.”
In the past, this has taken hours!
With Tommy’s recent acquisition of the Hoegger wall-mount, I knew he really wanted by De Bracht patent wall mount. And, as I am not that attached to it, and knowing what a recent one sold for, I was willing to part with it if the deal was a fair one. I placed the De Bracht on the table, and started to make a pile of corkscrews from his side.
Eventually, there was a Walker patent peg and worm (that TWJ had been after all week), a Chicago beer corkscrew, and the De Bracht that were in Tommy’s pile, and I had a Mumford patent, Goodyear patent, and two different versions of the Moore patent sardine fork with corkscrew. I thought about it for a while, and then simply said deal. Tommy really likes the De Bracht, so why not.
Shortly there after, TWJ came over, and Tommy struck a deal with him for the peg and worm. TWJ finally got his corkscrew, and Tommy got a Sunderland King and a little bit of cash.
And, everyone was happy!
After we wrapped up the buy and sell, Tommy and I decided to grab some lunch, but headed over to the Nashville Antique Archaeology first.
We meandered through the shop, and noticed that the main business of this location seems to be American Pickers’ merchandise. I know that this shouldn’t really come as a surprise, but their location in Iowa actually feels like an antique shop in the business of selling antiques. This one, not so much. Still, why not check it out.
Following the AA visit, we stopped at a couple of antique stores, grabbed some lunch, and after a few more places picked up a nice Walker with a Tusk handle and sterling end cap. I am guessing it is Walrus, but perhaps Gary can chime in on this one.
After visiting a couple more shops, we decided it was time to call it a day, as Tommy isn’t staying over, and is instead already on the road and heading for Chicago. A long drive a head of him, he will get some miles behind him before it gets to late, and then start again in the morning.
As for me, I fly back home tomorrow morning, and will try to be back on the island by 4 pm.
All in all, this was a great few days. Who knows what will happen next year? I will definitely be there, will you?
Finally, TWJ has in his possession a really cool two-tooled folding bow corkscrew with beer advertising on it–the exact advertisement escapes me–but I am fascinated by the way it is put together. Check out this piece, and if you know anything about it, feel free to drop me a line.
It is super cool, and since I can’t ever get the Rainier corkscrew from TWJ, perhaps next year I will manage to get this one from him.