I am still creaking around but managed a full day at the coal face, although I must admit I needed much assistance. My Other Half had to help, I couldn’t lift anything more than a feather, and with the addition of pain killers and a very nice pub lunch including a glass of wine I just got through the day.
I had to give up on sorting out the last few boxes though so they have gone in the car just as they are. It is nice to have some surprises when I am setting up. That is my theory anyway. And I know that I probably have far too much again so I needn’t worry, but you know that I do tend to fuss.
I am cautiously optimistic about this fair. When we look back through the account book, this usually turns out to be one of the better ones of the year money-wise. I do hope so because generally, up to now they have tended to be pretty average this year.
People seem to have even less money in their pockets to spend on fripperys than ever. I think that this is something that the ‘Trade’ as a whole are feeling. The very high-end, proper antiques that will hold their value and the very bottom, House-clearers and their ilk, cheap as chips and bargains to be had are the most likely to make good money at the moment. The rest of us are learning to adapt and compromise, or go to the wall.
It is a hard business to make your living out of at the moment. It is a good job that we are part-timers. We are getting too old for working 7 days a week, and we would have to if we wanted to pay the bills etc.