I posted a couple of days ago that Her Imperial Majesty and I have had to decide that we can't take the risk of opening at Mongers Market this weekend. Ned Lamont, the worthless governor of the State of Connecticut, may think it's safe to reopen the flea markets provided you put up sneeze guards at checkout (which for most flea marketeers is an impossibility; it's not like the checkout at the supermarket, for pity's sake!), but we don't like the odds. That's why I spent today packing up our stock and bringing it home, and will be going back tomorrow to get the rest, or at least as much as I can manage to load. When you have been bringing in new stock for months above what you originally brought in and above what you've sold, you wind up with a blivet. When I had loaded about a third of our stock, The Big Red Car took an angle I remember from driving to and from the Elephant's Trunk: the angle that says, "If you put one more thing in her, you're going to scrape the road." I walked around Mongers. John is moving his architectural salvage around to mask the spaces of vendors who like us have decided the return is not worth the health risk, but based on what I saw somewhere between a quarter and a third of the vendors are pulling out until a coronavirus vaccine is available. The word on the Elephant's Trunk website is that the flea market won't reopen until they can figure out how to do so safely. Distancing rules are difficult to maintain at a flea market. I've thought how I'd do it if I were running the place. First, only rent every other spot, and checkerboard them. Use only Areas A and B. Require all vendors to reserve in advance, though they don't have to pay until they get to the gate. Everyone has to wear a mask, no exceptions. Make a serious attempt to enforce distancing on the streets, and encourage the vendors to sit back from the table, wear gloves, and make cards the preferred means of payment. Possible, in theory. Practical? You tell me. It would cut the number of vendors down to maybe 250 max. That would be wonderful for April 15th, but for the start of the serious flea market season it's a disaster. Last year on Memorial Day Weekend, the Trunk had upwards of 400 vendors. The whole summer, unless it was a rainy day, there were more than 350 every Sunday. That was the way it was through Labor Day. Can the Trunk make it with half the number of vendors during the busiest part of the season? I should think so, if the owner owns it outright. If he has a mortgage, perhaps not. But for us, until the vaccine is available, Mongers Market and the Elephant's Trunk are venues we don't choose to risk.