Darda USA Factory Sale
Day 1 - Thursday, Dec. 7th
I arrived in Baltimore, Maryland on the evening of wednesday December 6, 2000. The flight from California took just under 6 hours total flight time. The Darda factory sale was December 7th and 8th (4-8pm), and December 9th (10am-4pm). The three days I was planning to be there! As it turns out the sale is only the first two weekends in December (Thursday,Friday, and Saturday).
The Life-like Factory is an old building made of large irregular gray bricks (similar to a castle), right next to a Pepsi plant on Union Ave. a little north of Downtown Baltimore. It even looked like something that would have come out of Germany. I arrived just before 4pm, there was a line of about 8 people outside, which grew to about 13 by the time the doors actually were opened.
We all rushed up a tight twisting wooden staircase, the boards sagging a little with age. Up one floor to the werehouse area. Lined with large boxes a clearing about 30 feet by 70 feet had tables set up all with the Life-like products out on display, a little like a toy show.
I saw Darda cars, tracks and accessories. Life-like racing slot-cars, and tracks. Life-like train sets (locomotives, and cars, and accessories). Foam products, large gliders, wacky noodles, coolers etc.
Of course I made right for the darda cars. As it turned out I was the only one looking for darda cars there (good for me). There were 3 boxes of cars, one large one with loose cars piled in, the other 2 with packaged cars (moslty new cars not too exciting).
The large one with loose cars was the gold mine of the sale for me. I found 17 cars I did not have, 10 of which, were ones we didn't yet have on the site. I came back with:
70 cars (mostly loose), 3 track sets, 12 US service men, and 1 accessory.
A good haul in my
book. A little better than I thought it would be. As it turns out, there
have been less and less older cars each year. I wish I could have been
there for previous years!