Model horse collectors are all about collecting, and BreyerFest makes it really easy. Everywhere you go, there are models for sale.
The official event models are available throughout the day at the Kentucky Horse Park.This also where you can buy an auction model,
a silent auction model...
and all kinds of other goodies from the vendors in the Covered Arena.
Maggie's booth is my favorite!
The host hotel also offers a plethora of shopping possibilities, including the Swap Meet, the Artisan's Gallery...
and, of course, room sales.
With so many shopping opportunities, it's easy to get overwhelmed and overextended. In part two of my Surviving BreyerFest series, we discuss how to safely navigate this part of BreyerFest.
The single best piece of advice is to prepare your shopping list in advance. Prioritize your wants and be realistic about your finances. As Jackie Hasser warns, "You can easily spent your entire budget in one place/room."
Elaine Lindelef adds: If you want one-source things like a piece from a particular artist, get them first so that (a) your budget is secured and (b) you get one. Some things go very quickly.
Never forget, this is a convention for collectors. If you want something, odds are other people want it, too. Lisa Smalley writes: If you find something you want in room sales at the Clarion, buy it, as it may not be there if you wait and go back later!
Elaine Boardway echoes that sentiment, adding: You might 1) not be able to find the room again 2) you find the room but the occupant has temporarily closed shop or 3) (the most likely) you just don't have time to get near that room again.
While you're planning your purchases, also, plan for getting them home. If you're riding with someone else, be sure to discuss available space. Cars that were empty on the drive to Kentucky and often overflowing on the way home.