I went to the Good Sam Showcase of Miniatures this past weekend. I never expect to find anything worthwhile when I attend traditional dollhouse shows. They are typically a sea of items that I really can't use...okay, and many I wouldn't use if you paid me. It's mostly "beautiful things" for everyone else. I've been getting into more vintage, modern farmhouse and industrial looking items so I was able to find some pieces that play into that realm. Something that is quite disappointing is how cold and suspicious many dealers are at these shows. I know that I don't look like the typical dollhouse demographic but it's weird to get a frosty mug of evil eye or a harsh side of "What do you want?" while browsing. I had lots of bizarre encounters but the most humorous one was when a dealer fumbled a compliment towards me and said that I had a "pretty mouth". They cringed at their awkward statement and I was left embarrassed while trying to turn the volume down on "dueling banjos".
All that said...
I did meet a cool and utterly crafty woman named Ilisha Helfman (check out her blog). AND my highlight of the experience was meeting Peter Tucker and his lovely wife. Truthfully, I only went to the show because I found out that Peter was going to be there. It was very hard to keep myself under control as I made tough decisions about which handcrafted items would be coming home with me. In case you had any doubt, Peter Tucker is an incredibly nice man. He has this gentle soul vibe that instantly makes you feel comfortable. I wanted to give him a hug but kept my super nerd crazy at bay and settled for a picture:
The Goods: Sofa is AG Minis; chair is Reac; coffee table is PRD; shelving unit and tool chest bar are Toy Island; Guitars are Miniature Guitar USA; all accessories are Zuri, Re-Ment, MacFarlane Toys, Twisting Toyz, Mini Modernistas, Wright Guide Miniatures, Muji, AG Minis, Playmobil, jewelry pieces and finds from ebay and the hobby store.