My Table is My Store

“John,” a table-holder called to get my attention at the MVPA Convention, “have you ever written about ‘behind the table’ etiquette?” I hadn’t really thought about it, but my answer was rather instinctual: “My table is my store.” It wasn’t … More »

Dancing Bears Can Help Your Show

Being a child of the 1960s, my first encounter with the term “dancing bear” was on Captain Kangaroo. For those who aren’t familiar, the Captain hosted a kids’ show on television. One of his regular guests was a life-size teddy … More »

Little Brass Cannons

Like the long lines of artillery on Gettysburg’s Cemetery Ridge, scale cannons with cast iron carriages and brass barrels can be found in most US battlefield gift shops. I hadn’t really given these little field pieces much thought until the … More »

Wanna Trade? Not Me!

Standing behind my table at the Show of Shows, I listened as a customer described a WWI Tank Corps photo to me. “He has his cap cocked to one side, his boots are muddy, and he’s holding his .45 in … More »