Mother Nature Throws Us a Curve, but We Hit a Home Run.
We’ve returned from our annual winter buying trip to the English countryside. When planning our trip we worry about the flights, illness and the weather, but worry gets us nowhere fast. Like good Scouts, we prepare the best we can, just in case.
This year, Mother Nature has been whacking the British Isles with jet stream trouble all winter and she didn’t let up for our trip. Arrival in Manchester went off without a complication, but a few days into the trip, we were notified that the one of the two big antique fairs was cancelled, due to the amount of rain in the area. The big fairs rely on tent cities to go up and down in one week. If the poles won’t stay upright, the cities can’t be built. So we had to adjust our plans because of the cancellation.
Then came the snow. It would be easy if we only shipped out of the major fairs, but we travel around the countryside to our favorite centres and shops to find the best for our clientele. The snow started early on Friday afternoon and we awoke to a snow covered country on Saturday. Friday’s shopping was cut short and Saturday’s plans to travel to North Yorkshire was stopped “cold in our tracks”.
Plans were adjusted and by Sunday, rain had washed away any remnants of the snow and we headed to new villages and expanded our route to include new shops.
The Newark Fair was open as usual. We had great shopping days of buying furniture and smalls. The temps weren’t bad, but the wind played havoc with our shopping carts. Remember that scene in Mary Poppins, when the wind blows away all the would-be nannies? That’s how we felt as we tried to shop outside.
Mother Nature tried rain, sheet, snow, winds, but we’re from Missouri and we’re used to dealing with all kinds of weather conditions. Because we had to adapt our plans, we were able to shop new areas and found some outstanding buys. We’ve branched out and we’ve bought some different items for the stores in this container.
The results of our two weeks of shopping trip are now packed away on the container and are awaiting their boat ride to the US of A. We hope you will want to give them all good homes when they arrive. Stay tuned and watch our Facebook page for photos.
A special THANKS to Damian and Alvina for watching the store for us while we were out battling the elements!