Hi everyone! Over the past weekend, we were in Richmond ,Virginia selling at an art show.
Driving through Pa. was lush and beautiful…..you can see how overcast it was……..
We drove the 8 hours on Thursday chasing or being chased by black clouds and rain, got to the show, heard that rain was coming THERE, and went into overdrive. We had to shlepp our tent, walls, and product a LOOOOONG way in high humidity, 90+ degree heat. We got the display up, tied it down against wind, and got most of the product up before I finally said ENOUGH!! We locked it up and ran to get a pizza before heading to the hotel. Our room was great—a flat screen for Al…(to watch his sports)……
and a flat screen for me!! (to watch a movie and Housewives of Jersey—my guilty pleasure! )……..
This show was odd that it started at 11 AM—most start at 10. But, we had to get there early to finish setting up. Saturday was slow, I think because it was pouring rain all around the show…but we didn’t get a drop!! Attendance was way down from last year, we heard this from vendors that did it last year. We covered all expenses Saturday plus some profit, but it was not what we hoped for. The photographer across from us sold one piece, a handbag artist near us sold NOTHING! Thank goodness she was staying at her daughter’s home instead of a hotel! After the show we went out for dinner at a favorite place which was a disaster from start to finish! Eventually it was straightened out and the second meal ( !! ) we got was very good.
Sunday we slept in ,had breakfast, and left for the show. Sunday we ended up doing the same as Saturday—Sundays are usually slower than Saturdays but it was a dry day and attendance was up a bit. The handbag vendor sold 6 pieces—she was so sad—this business can be like a roller coaster! One good thing…I got some painting done!!
These are what I got done—they still need to be sanded and stained….. I love painting fall pieces…..I am waiting until I have more pieces ready before I go out to stain.
I prepped these today—remember them? I just finished painting the mirror frame black—still have to sand it and it will be ready to stain…then I will paint a piece to fit where the paper picture is now. I also prepped signs to finish this weekend (no show) and 3 big pieces for folk art—I did sell the biggest folkart piece we took to the show.
After the show ended at 5, we packed, loaded (groan ), and started the trip home. We stopped and slept 1 1/2 hours at a rest stop, drove, slept at another rest stop for an hour, and finally arrived home at 5:30 AM on Monday. We are finally feeling rested today. Al had cut our lawn 2 days before we left and when we got home we saw our nice neighbor had cut our grass again—it has been growing like crazy!! I noticed today that it is long again.
I wanted to post this the other day, but my Google account went down, I tried to fix it (oh NO!!) and had to call Craig last night to rescue me! Google emailed that someone was trying to hack in (YOO HOO! That was ME!! ) I should NEVER try to fix anything on the computer.
Saturday at the show we got a call from Brian. The doctors are weaning him off Dylantin (an anti- seizure med ) and during work he started to have seizure feelings. We told him to call one of his buddies to come get him so he could get home faster. He stayed at his friend’s house where Don, his wife, and kids could be with him, then went home. He has had no problems since and is sleeping well…thank goodness!
Well, on to the next show—it is always up and down, especially in the Spring!! I hope you all enjoy the rest of the week!!–Jan