I set up at my second festival today. It was in the same location as the one I did in May. At that one, attendance was very low however I did sell a few items. Today's was a disaster!
First off, it was over 90 degrees. The heat was stifling! I had to open up the sides of my tent to get a cross breeze going. I was told since it was a 4th of July celebration, attendance would be very high. However, I set up at 9:00 am, the festival started at 12:00 pm and by 3:30 pm, I had had only one customer.
Then, a torrential rain storm came that stopped after 30 minutes, only to pick up even stronger for another 30. My tent was flooded with a mini "creek" running through it, my items (clay and painted) were getting soaked, my boxes and tubs under the tables were getting washed away, my chairs flipped over with my purse, my lunch, my paperwork and my bags, all falling into the water. My shoes were also soaked and my pants were wet up to my calves. On top of all that, I had a splitting headache from the heat. I was miserable!
I called my husband to come and get me. By the time he got there, the sun was out in a beautiful blue sky but the heat had risen. By then, several vendors had left.
We packed up and went home. After a while I regretted my decision to leave and may have made some money had I stayed. I paid $50 for the booth fee.
However, I felt completely unprepared for such a downpour. It was like a hurricane! We were advised beforehand to screw the tents into the parking lot in case of high winds.
What could I have done differently? I am trying to learn the ropes and need to be more prepared.
Thanks for your time and have a safe and wonderful 4th of July! :)