Fast forward about three hours later and Sammy and I were making our way into the show when we were stopped and informed that no strollers were permitted on the show floor, effectively barring us from attending (thankfully I hadn't purchased my ticket ahead of time). I was flabbergasted; I had worked at the Philadelphia Antique Show for the previous five years and could recall many, many small children being wheeled through in strollers, especially on the slower weekdays of the show. I walked back to the car with Sammy, fighting back tears the whole way (did I mention how much I had been looking forward to attending this show?). I pulled out my iPhone and double-checked the show's website to see if there was any mention of a stroller prohibition that I might have missed, but I couldn't find any; I felt like such a moron for forgetting the baby carrier.
I thought about calling my former boss to see if there was anything he could do to get us in, but thought better of it and called the show office instead. I informed the woman who answered the phone of the situation and of how disappointed I was to have come all this way, only to be turned away at the door due to a restriction that was never once published in any of the show's literature. I felt slightly better after this conversation and decided to make the best of the gorgeous weather and my now-free afternoon. I drove to the street where I used to live and found a parking spot right in front of my old house; I loaded Sammy into the stroller and together we set off to explore Philadelphia. Here are some photo highlights from our walk:
Lion sculpture at the Philadelphia Merchants Exchange
Cupola of the Philadelphia Merchants Exchange
If you look closely, you can see three top teeth poking out (finally!)
The Pennsylvania State Seal at Independence Hall