I took this shot back in May 2009 in one of my favorite places period, HersheyPark in Hershey, PA! Always love to hit HersheyPark each year as early in the Spring as possible, and usually get Season Passes!
It’s Monday morning, January 30th, 2012. As advertised this past weekend I spent on the road headed towards Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Originally I planned on hitting two auctions beforehand, one in Smithsburg, MD and one in Glen Rock, PA. Well, those plans changed a bit. Pretty much last minute I decided to just head straight towards Delaware, and “freestyle pick” along the way, stopping at any Flea Markets, antique mall, or simple junk pile that I saw. Let me tell you, this worked out great!
A few hours into the journey I realized that I was about to pass one of my favorite Flea Markets that I’ve picked many times, and have also set up at before as a vendor, Saturday’s Market in Middletown, PA. Had to stop! Very glad that I did as I scored HUGE on a motherload of soda crates, bottles, wooden boxes, and other odds and ends.
After leaving Middletown and Saturday’s Market (very happy & excited about my finds), it was on towards Rehoboth Beach! A few hours later we arrived, parked by our hotel, and walked up and down the Boardwalk a bit. It was a little bit chilly, but beautiful nonetheless. I absolutely LOVE beach towns! One of my original plans when we decided to go to Rehoboth Beach was to eat at Dogfish Head’s Brewings & Eats pub/restaurant. We passed it on the way to our hotel, and knew we had to have our first meal there!
Before I get into the food and beer, which I absolutely LOVED, I have to mention the sign you see above. It’s an antique “Drink Delaware Punch” sign which is hanging inside Dogfish Head. KILLER! I almost wanted to try to make any offer on it! LOL… I ended up trying their fish and chips meal, which included actual dogfish. Delicious! My girlfriend Brandi actually even enjoyed it (she sampled a little piece… she had steak and fries) and she doesn’t like fish. The only other fish I have got her to eat and enjoy is Mahi Mahi that we had down in Miami last January.
I ended up having 7 Dogfish Head beers total. A sampler of 5 4oz beers, and two “regular” sized beers. I am HUGE into the craft beer scene so I honestly thought each beer was amazing, in its own way. Let’s just say at the end of dinner I was VERY full, and just a bit tipsy
Overall I would give the Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats pub an “A” if I were to grade it. Great atmosphere, great food, and obviously GREAT beer. I really enjoy how you can try exclusive beers while you are there, some which will never see the actual market around the United States. After our meal we both purchased some shirts outside of the pub, in a little stand that they have set up where you can also purchase hats, beer, and other odds and ends.
We accomplished quite a bit on this trip, and I still have loads of photos (and some video!) to share with you guys…. STAY TUNED for Part II coming next, later in the week. I’m not sure how many parts exactly I will have, but just know that there is a lot to come!
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This coming weekend, January 28th & 29th, 2012, I will be on the road again, finally, shooting some photography & video for a top-secret project! I am usually on the road for my business at least once per week, but this will be the first time in a while that in addition to auctions, etc.., I will be concentrating solely on shooting photography and video.
It will all start early Saturday morning when I’ll be hitting the road around 6 AM towards Smithsburg, MD to attend an auction at 10 AM, followed by an hour and a half drive to Glen Rock, PA at 4 PM for yet another auction. Loading up on rusty treasure this weekend… hopefully!
After leaving Glen Rock we’ll be heading to Rehoboth Beach, DE and checking into the Atlantic Sands Hotel & Conference Center, hopefully by 10 or 11 PM, but it may be a bit later, depending on how the auction in Glen Rock, PA (which is an auction house I am familiar with, and love) goes. I’ve booked an oceanfront room, to enjoy what is hopefully a beautiful sunrise on Sunday morning! Myself and my girlfriend will be spending Sunday taking in the sights and sounds of Rehoboth Beach, shooting photography and video, and will leave town towards home on Sunday evening once the sun goes down, etc…
Very excited for this weekend! I’ll have some more info on the “secret video project” once I am able to release it, but just know that some exciting things are in the works! Also, I will, OF COURSE, be posting some photos and videos RIGHT HERE in this blog next week and possibly while on the road…
STAY TUNED! 2012 HERE WE GO!!!!!!!!!
I frequent Renninger’s in Adamstown, PA quite often to purchase/invest in items for my company, as well as network, and do research. Looking forward to visiting their Mt. Dora operation! We’re only 6 days away from leaving now!
Keeping in the “tradition” of providing content for the OUP Photography Tour blog, I have yet another stop planned before the 2011 OUP Photography Tour kicks off on January 13th. On December 11th I’ll be headed to HersheyPark’s Christmas Candylane! I’ve been to all of HersheyPark’s Seasonal Events this year, and this marks the last one. Check back that weekend for an update!
Sorry for being a day late with this update, but when I finally got back home last night around 11 PM, I was dead tired. It was all that I could really do to unload my car, and I’ve still yet to unpack. Anyway, yesterday started off extremely early. After going to bed around 11 PM on Saturday, I woke up first around 3 AM, and had problems getting back to sleep. I dozed on and off for a few hours, and eventually just gave up and did some work on the laptop, packed, got showered, and dressed. At 7 AM I hit the hotel’s breakfast, which was much better than last week’s in Wyomissing. They had breakfast burritos & quiche available, although I chose against them. I just went with cereal, a bagel, yogurt, and orange juice.
Afterwards I checked out, and hit the road. Let me tell, this was NOT the week for picking. You have those, so I’m not stressing it too much. I still had an awesome time exploring. I first hit Circle Drive Inn Flea Market in Dickson City, PA. It looks like it has potential to be a huge market, but this time of year, simply was not. There were only maybe 10 vendors, and none of them had anything I was looking for. I moved on, and hit the Pocono Bazaar in Marshalls Creek, PA, and it was bigger and better, but still much of the same. Only picked up two small pieces there. Finally I attempted to hit Garden Drive Inn in Hunlock Creek, PA but… no market at all. I suppose only a diehard like myself hustles year ’round?
Regardless, all three look like markets that during peak season I would love to hit again. Perhaps next Spring? I will also try to find some more for when I make another Northeastern PA trip. After my unsuccessful picking journey, I gave up, and figured why not try some more Christmas shopping? I hit the Mall in Wilkes Barre as well as the Steamtown Mall in Scranton, PA. Scranton is a place I look forward to going back to and exploring. Really nice town with an old-school feel/vibe. The also have an observation bridge to view the town/trains that I shot some AWESOME photography on….
After Wilkes Barre and Scranton I headed back to Dickson City, did some more shopping, and shot some photography. By this time I was getting tired, and cranky, and looking forward to being home. A few hours later when my girlfriend was done with her family & friends (and we got into a nice fight) I picked her up and we headed home. VERY long weekend, took a lot out of me, but A LOT of fun! I always have a good time traveling around, exploring, shooting photography, and “biz deving.” Look forward to another trip back to Northeastern PA!
Last night Stoudt’s was AWESOME! Great food, great atmosphere, great place all around. I had an amazing Salmon dinner, and every part of it was top-class. I am looking forward to going back to try a different dish.
Afterwards myself, Scott, and Bekki all took another pool/hot tub visit, as well as a second workout of the day. I ended up running about 1 1/2 miles total–not bad for somebody that just doesn’t ever run. The rest of the evening was filled with relaxation in the hotel room, followed by a VERY saddening 6 AM wakeup, simply because I didn’t feel like getting out of bed. The hotel breakfast wasn’t as great as I anticipated, and was nothing like the breakfast the Country Inn & Suites in Harrisburg has. No eggs, no ham, just waffles, sausage, and oddly enough hard-boiled eggs? Odd. They also had the traditional hotel stuff (cereal, bagels, muffins, etc….)
We ended up hitting three Flea Markets including Renninger’s and Stoudt’s. I got some really awesome finds at both. Excited to see what profit they bring (I will be posting “O.U.Picking” Episode 4 on OUnitProductions.com within a day or two…. check it out!)
We also hit one antique shop today, “Heritage Antique Center.” Interesting stuff, but nothing too exciting or to phone home about. Afterwards myself and Scott & Bekki went our separate ways and I headed back home, to where I am right now, in the office. Pumped for next weekend and picking in the Scranton/Northeast Pennsylvania area. Would like to make a Northwest picking trip (Erie, etc…) sometime soon as well. Regardless, check back next weekend for more picking/photography fun with the second leg of the “O.U.Picking Tour!”