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Just thought I would give all a quick update and review on this event.  We had mixed emotions going into this show.  However, we thought it would be worth another try.  This event is a country fair type of atmosphere in a local park.  The park area is hilly so it can be difficult for load in and load out.  Sometimes you are fortunate to find volunteers with ATV's and trailers to assist you.  However, this year, they were few and far between.  So we had to haul all of our items to our spot ourselves.  The nice thing is that you can set up on Friday.   So it does give you plenty of time. 

 

The show has beer sales, food area, and a bakery area The vendors?   A wide mix from artists to crafters to buy/sellers.  Yes a bit of everything there.  That is why we had mixed emotions.  Saturday the show opened at 10.  However we were told that the shoppers start arriving at 8 or so.  Sure enough they were right.  By 10am we had sold several pieces.  The weather on Saturday was cold, around 45, and overcast all day with a moderate wind.  Everyone was frozen.  But the crowds were there.  The place was jammed and we had a record sales day.  At one time, the two of us were writing out sales slips.   It was unbelievable. 

 

Then on Sunday the weather was actually decent.  In the mid to upper 50's with sunshine most of the day.  Only had one jacket on.  However the crowds were not as plentiful.   Now you figure that one out.   We can't.

Sales on Sunday were about half of what they were on Sat.  But we are not complaining.  Just saying, 

So all in all, we will most likely do this show again next year. 

One of the nice things that we do at some of these shows is get together with other vendors we know for dinner.  So, sure enough, we went to dinner on Friday with Mike from Stumpkins, and then on Saturday night we went to dinner with Liam and Corey from Liam's shard jewelery.  What a nice time both evenings sharing experiences and laughs and problems.  On Sunday night after tear down, C. Kay and I went to dinner, just the two of us to relax and celebrate the week end. 

 

So all in all it was a good show for crowds and sales.  But not good load in and out.  Cant have everything.  LOL.

B. David

 

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Comment by Connie Mettler on October 12, 2012 at 2:21pm

For sure, you can't have everything. Setting up in a park can be so tricky. We got too old and crotchety to even do that anymore.

Also, goes to show you -- you never know what will work, do you? A country fair? Still a great sales day. You must have had just the right things to show. I think Saturdays bring out the eager buyers. They love the event and look forward to it each year and so Saturday sales tend to be better, in general. Sundays are more often people out to spend the day with their families and hang out. They may bring bigger crowds but not necessarily better sales.

Comment by Jacki Bilsborrow on October 9, 2012 at 1:45pm

Thanks for your review.  It is always nice to hear good things about a show. 

Isn't it funny how freezing cold weather will make a 50 degree day seem warm? 

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