What words best describe 4DC0, Dale Castleberry? For starters, he's one of the most kind and considerate, thoughtful, sweet and is truly genuine. His smile is contagious. His dry wit makes us all laugh. He's outgoing and super easygoing. He's a hard worker, a true go-getter and is a very smart business man. He knows what people like and his booth is quite a success. He has quality merchandise, lots of it and it's always priced fair. What's not to love? So we're off to some hard hitting questions for Dale.
Q: How long have you been a dealer at the River Store?
A: 3 years in August, LOL, it feels like A LOT longer!!!
Q: How old were you when you realized you like to buy & sell?
A: It was probably when I was in my twenties.
Q: What other hobbies do you have?
A: LOL, do you mean do I have or had? LOL. I love anything in the outdoors like hunting and fishing. But now, this takes up most of my time.It is kind of a sickness or obsession.
Q: What is your favorite color?
Q: Now, on a more serious note, what is your favorite thing about River City?
A: Actually, it is all of the people. I like the comradery of everyone. I enjoy the funny stories like Otterman & Chester Drawers. River City is full of characters.
Q: You are a successful dealer. How do you achieve success?
A: Consistency is the key. Working my booth, continuing to move it around, tweaking and changing often. I try to buy diverse items and items for all age groups. I make it unique for all types of interests.
Q: This question may tie into your last answer. What's the best advice you can give to a new dealer?
A: Yes to all of the above, plus, YOU MUST GET UP EARLY for sales. There may be 200+ sales in the Tulsa area and not everyone can be at all of them. Look for unique items that you are not going to see in other booths.
Q: What is your best FIGHT story?
A: LOL, I haven't fought anyone over an item. However, I did watch a lady trip someone with a cane.
Q: What advice would you give someone on our 2+ year waiting list?
A: Ummmm, GOOD LUCK! Actually, it is a lot of luck. I started out on a wall space gradually moving into large booths.
Q: Last question! What's the best treasure you found that you ended up keeping for yourself?
A: That's kinda hard, hmmmmm, well, I have a sterling silver caribou & grizzly bear claw necklace that I have kept. Also, I purchased some statues that were unearthed from a burial ground in Mexico. Maybe someday I will be on Antiques Roadshow and can retire. LOL. The couple I purchased the statues from dug them up in 1957, when it was legal. All I had to do was scrape the "MADE IN JAPAN" off of one of them. Other than that, I feel they are real. LOL!!!