Again, for a run-down of what the Puzzle Party is like, what happens and the sort of puzzles that go on sale, check out my post on last year's (IPP34) event. Here's an excerpt from the said post:-
...Puzzles for sale typically fall into the following categories:-
1. Leftover (or extra) exchange puzzles - great for exchange assistants who were "so close yet so far" from the exchanged ones.
2. Leftover exchange puzzles from previous IPPs, some going back several or more years....
3. Collectors' pre-loved or unwanted puzzles.
4. Puzzles from commercial puzzle retailers. Great bargains here sometimes as they are usually a bit cheaper during IPP and you don't have to pay shipping.
5. Old, current and new puzzles from puzzle designers and craftsmen
6. Copies of the design competition puzzles
...The Party is like a high end flea market with puzzles strewn all over the tables. Sellers are making their sales pitches and buyers are touching and feeling everything in sight and asking lots of questions. There is polite and gentle shoving and pushing here and there as everyone jostles within the narrow aisles. Everybody is eager to cover as much ground as possible within the first half hour, which is the most crucial to securing a desired or prized puzzle...
Here are the photos I took during the Party. As usual, there was a huge and wonderful array of puzzles for sale.
|Even before the doors opened at 9am, the crowds were already in eager anticipation for the Party to start|
|Zandraa Tumen-Ulzil & family. Look at those chess sets!!|
|David & Nicole Pitcher|
|Bernhard Schweitzer (Puzzlewood)|
|Perry & Chance McDaniel. The three trays on the left are real candy/chocolates while the rest are puzzle boxes|
|Yvon Pelleteir. No, he wasn't selling any puzzles, just showcasing some of his gorgeous work|
|Yvon Pelletier & Jerry MacFarland|
|Tim & Simon Bexfield|
|Gred Benedetti & Raymond Stanton|
|Paulette Bobroff. What is that huge round thing???|
|From Left - Stephen Chin, David Pullen, Alison Bell & George Bell|
|Pavel Curtis (Pavel's Puzzles)|
|Tom van der Zanden|
|Brad & Scott Elliot|
|Puzzles from Henry Strout|
|Allen Stein (PuzzleMaster)|
|William Waite (Puzzlemist)|
|Kelly Snache (Soul Tree Creations)|
|Joop van der Vaart|
|From Left - Susumu Kimura, Naoaki Takashima, Lixy Yamada & Meiko Kimura (Torito)|
|Kate Jones (Gamepuzzles)|
|Brian Young (Mr Puzzle) & Simon Nightingale|
|Steve Nicholls (Threedy)|
|George Miller, Bob Hearn with Oskar van Deventer (on the laptop screen)|
|Eric Fuller (Cubicdissection.com) & Silvery Draco|
|David Litwin & Rob Stegman|
|Naoaki Takashima & Lixy Yamada|