I have written before about how expensive attending wholesale markets can be (11/15/13). Many shopowners are from small towns, so when we reach the market city we want to really experience it. You seek out wonderful restaurants and look for your special interests-- I look for book stores. If I'm in San Diego I go to Balboa Park where there are many small museums adjacent to the San Diego Zoo. I used to look for bead stores until I locked my beads away and refused to allow myself to purchase more. (Note--a large box was retrieved when I closed the Needle Nicely storage unit this spring, but I haven't been allowed to open it!!).
Sunday night, June 7, I made my reservations to attend Destination Dallas in September. Since the show is being housed in a Hilton hotel that was already booked; and I am a Hilton Honors member, I managed to obtain a reservation in a nearby Hilton hotel for roughly $190 for 4 nights. What a deal. I used my Hilton Honors points to obtain that cost. Then I made my reservations to fly on Delta. It was a toss-up whether to use my Delta miles or purchase my ticket with a Capital One credit card and then redeem it later. I opted for the Capital One card because I still entertain thoughts of going to Europe on Delta miles. Once the charge ($250.) is entered on the card, I can call and have my points credited against the charge. So my stay in Dallas will cost Needle Nicely $190 plus what I spend on food and drinks. Then I need to add the cost of the ride to and from Melbourne airport. I thought there was a hotel shuttle, but wound up taking a regular taxi from the Dallas airport to my hotel. There was to be a shuttle from the Embassy Suites to the other hotels, but it took about 1 1/2 days to really get it going smoothly. However, the trip was really a cheap date for something that usually costs a minimum of $2200.
This market was different for me. Due to the neuropathy in my feet and my recently diagnosed
asthma, I am exhausted after walking a market for several hours. This time I decided to rent an electric scooter. I did well on the straightaway, but getting into the elevators was a trial. I had to have someone hold the door--and then I had to pray I had judged it correctly and didn't hit the back plexiglass wall. The first day, I encountered a very nice gentleman who thought I should turn around inside the elevator. Talk about a nightmare! He appeared twice. The second day I decided to go straight in and then back straight out. Much better, and definitely easier on my nerves. The third day I only had spot orders to make so I left the scooter at the hotel front desk! And I must mention that I had it on tortoise rather than hare. No one would have been safe had it been on hare!! The market took up 4 floors of the hotel, so there was a lot of elevatoring. Sigh.
I had to laugh every evening when I returned to my hotel room. There was a king-sized bed with 4 down pillows. I love pillows and pile all of them up to sleep on. But here's what the maid did each day:
Here's a sampling of canvases that I brought home from market:
This is one of two Sandra Gilmore mermaids I brought home. The other is holding a turtle.
More wonderful buys Saturday!