This last Saturday, we were at the Midway Drive-In in Dixon, IL, for their annual From Dusk to Dawn Horrorfest, set up out in front of the concessions, like we usually are. Now usually in September when these are held, the only part of the weather we usually have to worry about is if it might rain or not. Thankfully, there was not even a chance of rain in the forecast. Instead, it was a bit warmer than normal. In fact, record breaking temps hitting 91 degrees. And it felt like it too. Would it be too hot for anyone to want to come out and celebrate the great films they were showcasing? Would they come out early enough to shop with us vendors and hang out? Or if they were planning to come out, would they just get there right as dusk in time for the films? We would soon have the answer to that.
Since I’ve been going to and setting up at cons for many years, you get to know and make good friends with the different dealers at the shows. Especially when they always have some great deals at their tables! One of these guys is Cory Glaberson, who a couple of years ago opened up a store in Berwyn called Reel Art. You can find some incredible things at this place, and a lot of them at some very decent prices. For example, recently at a convention, there was a dealer selling an American 1-sheet for The Burning for $195! Granted, this gave a lot fo us poster collectors a good laugh at the outrageous price. Hopefully nobody dropped that kind of cash, because if you were to head over to Reel Art in Berwyn IL, you could find this very same poster for…ready? $45. And even better, if you go to one of his warehouse sales that he holds several times a year, you could even get it for 1/2 of that price.
The reason I’m bringing this up is for a couple of reasons. First and foremost to point people to Reel Art because you can really find some great deals there. Sure, you might have to do some digging, but a lot of times that is the fun part about being a collector. The second reason is to do a little bragging at some of the posters that I picked up for them yesterday at the Sci-Fi Spectacular here in Chicago that they were set up at. These two posters were normally price at $45 and $35, but then were 1/2 off. So I got both of them for $40. Now I call that one hell of a deal. I’m a sucker for double and triple feature posters and have a strong feeling that both of these are going to be getting hung up pretty quickly in our movie room. Just need to find another double or triple feature poster to go along with the theme!
But if you’re in the Chicagoland area, I’d make sure stopping at Reel Art in Berwyn is a priority. And also make sure try and hit one of their warehouse sales. But be warned….it could get costly since you’ll find so many great deals. You can also see them set up at many different conventions throughout the year. Check out their website HERE for all the news, such as when and what shows they will be set up at, as well as when their next warehouse sale might be.