To the Editor:
As a vendor at the Lakeside Antique Show, I would like to address the day pass for shoppers. A 4-hour pass allows outsiders access from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. I have had customers say they’d like to visit the shops downtown and have lunch, but there isn’t enough time. Last year after 2 p.m. the aisles were empty except for bored antique dealers. Since the show goes to 5 p.m. this is a problem. Perhaps the show should run until 3 p.m.
The show fee is $145. I stay at a guest house for $75. Breakfast, lunch and dinner about $50. Gas will be $80. The show is good for the dealers and Lakeside economy. I have a long drive to Cincinnati after the show. I am 71.
I love this show. Through the years I have built a good following of loyal customers who come early in the day. Attendance is excellent in the morning. Unfortunately, after 3 o’clock the customers are gone. I respectfully invite you to walk the show from 3-5 p.m. and see what I mean. Unfortunately, no customers encourages dealers to pack early.
I first came to Lakeside for the Midwest Birding Conference for the Charley Harper Art Studio. At the Zoar Antique Show I picked up a flyer and called Fern and have been doing it ever since. It’s a wonderful venue which I look forward to every year.
I hope you will consider a longer parking pass. The dealers were very upset last year.