shopping guide & T’was the Night Before Lucketts

Marian ParsonsAntiques, buying & selling antiques, Shopping Tips

This is it!  The official guide to shopping the Miss Mustard Seed booth at the Lucketts Spring Market in 2016.  I wish I had more pictures to share of how everything is laid out, but that just didn’t happen this year.  The weather was beautiful today and I could almost hear my booth calling me to come and play, but I had a lot of errands and last minute things to do, so it’ll have to wait until morning.

This is Lucketts second year as a three day event, so I feel like I know more of what to expect, although this year feels like there is more anticipation leading up to Friday.  Maybe it’s just me, but that’s how it feels.

Here are some tips, suggestions, information, answers to FAQ’s, etc…

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PARKING

I was at Lucketts on Thursday and, even after all of the rain we’ve had in May, the fields were pretty dry and today was sunny and breezy, so I’m expecting they’ll be even better tomorrow.  So, don’t fret about parking.  Also, Lucketts is prepared to spread hay over squishy areas and they will help if you get stuck (which is unlikely for Friday, but could possibly be an issue after the rain on Saturday.)

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WE ACCEPT…

You can pay for your purchases with cash, checks, or credit/debit cards.  We do have a formal checkout system this year, so all sales have to happen at the register.  We’ll have two checkouts, though, and we never had a long line last year, so we should be good!

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WE’RE THERE TO HELP…

We have a nice crew this year – My mom, dad, and Jeff, Kriste and her mom, Katie, and Jonathan (who helped us last year.)  Kriste and my mom will be working the checkout and my dad will be at his usual wrapping station, but the rest of us are there to help you get your purchases to the register, answer questions, etc.  Don’t worry about buying something that is holding something else (like an ironstone pitchers holding brushes or a bowl holding waxes.)  Just ask us for help and we’ll clear it out for you.

My dad, the king of shrink wrap, will be there to wrap the heck out of your packages.  You can drop them from a three story building and it will be intact when he’s done with it.  (Do not attempt at home.)  We do have shopping bags, but it’s a good idea to bring a tote/wagon/cart/etc. for your purchases.

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IF SOMETHING IS TOO BIG…

If you want to buy a piece of furniture or a bulky item, just pull off the tag and carry that around with you until you’re ready to check out.  If you pull a tag and change your mind about buying the piece, please let us know, so the item doesn’t go unsold.

Once an item is paid for, we’ll put a sold tag on it with your name and number and you can claim it when you’re ready to leave.

There are “pink shirt guys” who are there to help carry furniture to your car and load it in.  They do work on tips, so reserve some cash for that purpose.  Jeff and Jonathan from our booth can also help you with carrying things to your car/van/truck.  They work on flattery, so just tell them they are awesome.

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FURNITURE HOLDS

I have always offered to hold pieces for people who are coming on the first day, especially when Lucketts extended the sale to include the VIP day.  I don’t want people to feel stressed about getting the piece they have their heart set on.  This year, I have more pieces on hold than ever before, which is exciting for me and makes me feel less nervous about bringing so much!

So if a piece has a HOLD tag on it, that means it’s spoken for.  It hasn’t been purchased, though, so there’s a possibility the sale won’t go through.  If a piece you wish to buy has a hold tag on it, just let one of us know and we’ll write down your name and cell number and contact you if it doesn’t sell.

If it has a SOLD tag, it’s bought and paid for.

I am only holding pieces for Friday shoppers, since they paid a premium to get into the market.

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NEW BOOTH LOCATION

We have moved!  Last year, we were really spread out of our three spaces and, if it had rained at all on Friday, we would’ve been really in a pickle.  This year, we’re in a large “circus tent”.  I was a little nervous about filling a space that big, but two u-hauls proved that I got over that!

Here’s a map showing where my new booth is located…

booth location 2016

Just look for my mural or ask at the gate.  Most people know where the “mustard seed lady” is.  I’m off of a centralized “courtyard” where the band and bathrooms are located, so I should be easy to spot!  

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We are heading down at the crack of dawn tomorrow to finish getting set up.  I have task lists for each of my helpers, so we can be focused and get straight to work.  A few years ago, I underestimated the amount of work I had to do in the morning and I didn’t get my space finished before the shoppers rushed in, so I am determined that we will be ready in time!

Before I sign off for the night, in the spirit of fun, my family brainstormed a poem tonight over dinner…

T’was the Night Before Lucketts

*ahem*

T’was the night before Lucketts and in the Parsons’ house

Marian was busy working, along with her spouse

The furniture is finished and tagged with great care

In the hopes for the shoppers attending the fair

VIP Ticket holders were snug in their beds

While visions of ironstone danced in their heads

We have paper and bags and lots of shrink wrap

We’ve been watching the rain on our weather app

We hope it won’t storm, not even a patter

We’ll be there either way, so it really won’t matter

When they open the gates, get ready to dash

For the pieces you want may be gone in a flash

Your head will be spinning, your eyes all aglow

There are plenty of treasures at this awesome show

Antiques, furniture, and goodies galore

Hundreds of vendors and the Old Lucketts Store

When what to your wondering eyes should appear

But a coffee cart, food trucks, and a tent serving beer

But you’re too busy shopping, you have to be quick

If you’re hoping to be there to get the first pick

More rapid than eagles, the customers came

To Miss Mustard Seed’s tent (they know her by name)

They know Mora, Linen and Typewriter black

The new Farmhouse White, Boxwood and Grain Sack

Hemp Oil, Waxes, we’re bringing them all

A rack full of milk paint, five feet tall

A bed full of quilts, a tufted sofa, too

Two industrial carts and a cabinet of blue

Hemp sheets and lavender, wreaths that are round

Stools, scales, and ironstone abound

In fact, we have bowls piled high in a stack

And my dad, once again, is ready to pack

Pull tags, gather goods, and hop in the line

Cash, check, or charge, they all are just fine

You are certain to find everything that you “need”

And be sure to say “hi” to Miss Mustard Seed

You just passed a day full of shopping and fun

Pack up your car and call Lucketts “done”

shopping guide & T’was the Night Before Lucketts

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