Remember my other posts on all my stuff I was bringing HERE and HERE? I knew I was in trouble as soon as I started packing up the truck. There was NO way it was all going to fit. No way. How could miscalculate so (hilariously) off?
Right then, neighbour and friend Corrine walked into the yard to see how things were going. And all I could think to say was “It won’t fit! Man!!! I need a trailer.”
“You can use ours! It’ll be available tomorrow!”
Eureka! Yes! AWESOME! VERY awesome! I normally say no to stuff like that but… not today. I was in a bind. So I moved everything that needed to go in the trailer onto my driveway, prayed it would be there in the AM, and hit the hay.
The next morning, I fully expected to have a very hurried day even before we unpacked for the booth. Time to load that trailer…
I woke up to this. The trailer was #1 in the yard. #2 fully packed. #3 ready to roll.
I nearly cried. Someone was gonna get a bear hug!
Seriously… how could I miscalculate this entire event by such a large landslide?!
It made me think of a good blogger friend. She wrote me one day, tagged the kind of personality I was and then said to me, “Let people help you with where you’re going.”
BR’s words struck a loud chord. And I listened. Thank-you friend. You know who you are. I used your advice that day for sure.
So many last minute preparations to be had! Crazy amount. The last thing I grabbed on the way out were these nearly dried hydrangeas sitting in water by my front door. They’d make all my junk look pretty.
(I had no idea anyone would want to buy some, but they did.)
Biz cards in my toolbox card tote, sign up sheet for a draw, and we’re all set!
My son came with me to help. We unpacked from 2-6. Seriously… and with a quick run across the road for a few sandwiches with 2 minutes to go before the show.
With one last munch….
My apologies for poor pictures. I couldn’t figure out the settings in 30 seconds, so I shot them the way I had it because people were filing in. And pretty much edited all the colour right out again. Such a pro…
These metal letters were from down South when I went to Lucketts in Virginia last year. I fell in LOVE with them and grabbed my logo.
I’ll be giving away a toolbox kit too! A great way to touch base with those that paid me a visit. So grateful!
I’m not stressing about the poor pictures much. I had Zoe Brown Photography on site doing her special thing, so I think we’re in for a real treat. As soon as she’s edited them, you can bet I’ll be sharing them here. I desired some pro photos for promotional purposes.
The booth was busy, then slow, then busy, then slow. But it was fun to gab with other vendors in between, or do a little twig garland making.
And then onto day 2!
The show ran for a full day. I met the nicest vendors with the most beautiful wares. From leather bound journals, homemade soaps and scrubs, food and other crafty booths. It was clear Crafty Affaire did a very nice job at jurying who was in this show. Everyone was perfection.
Well… if you call rusty junk perfection that is. 🙂
I will admit, my booth rather ‘stood out.’ I looked at it among all the pretty around me and wondered if maybe I didn’t fit in.
But I was told otherwise. Over and over again. I had folks walk in and just STARE. Maybe my town doesn’t see much of this stuff? I’m not sure. But I’m pleased to say, many walked away with some small trinket filled with memories.
I also had a crate of old books. When I brought up how pretty they were, no one held the books for that reason. They were purchasing for the stories and memories inside… wow!
My son stayed home on day 2 so I did all the packing up after the show. And I think that was a very unwise decision. It was a LOT of work, having me one of the last to leave.
Aside from that blunder, I sure didn’t do this alone. From my neighbour’s generosity with their equipment, my son for his strong arms and help, to the vendors and Wendy (my sis!) that watched over the booth when I was at the workshop, for niece Zoe to take some amazing shots, and Ginna for inviting me to this event, it took many hands to make my first booth experience a good one!
Thanks to all those that helped, visited and shopped! You truly were part of the many hands that made my first booth experience a roaring success in my eyes. 🙂
In a perfect world, next round I would have a double wide booth. One side would be decked out like a real room to give ideas on what to do with this stuff. And the other side would be in bulk. I could even do demos all day long.
See? I have been thinking… 🙂