Hi Everyone! Finally, I have finished everything for my next show. Actually, I finished awhile ago, got more orders, finished again, got more orders, and at last finished AGAIN. I really don’t like special orders, but hate saying no to anyone. We always tell customers to give us two weeks if they want to order because things need to dry—and that can take up to three days–, but we always get the emails a few days before a show! This time I finished early so there was no problem.
There is always so much to get ready for a show—product, the display, and many many items must be checked to make sure you have them or enough of them. We actually carry a box(our junk box) that holds odds and ends. We need: zip strips, masking tape, pens, first aid kit, paper towels, record book, bungees (several sizes ), price stickers, C clamps, hooks, gripper clamps, charge card signs, charge slips, scrap wood, batteries, adding machine tape, etc. Then, there is the display….tent, poles for sun shade, lattice, doors (walls ),cash register,cover cloths, tarps, wood planks, pins, stakes, trucker strap etc. Of course then the snacks, paper plates, plastic utensils, hand sanitizer,and on and on!! I’m sure I missed listing dozens of needfuls!! That’s not even considering organizing product—as the shows get bigger, we need to adjust how many of what pieces we need to take to sell—of course it depends on the season also. Our next show is a biggie—we’ll take two van loads of product—so if I took 6 of a particular piece before, I’ll take 20 to this one. Some pieces will be increased from 12 to 40. We keep meticulous records of what we sell at each show so we can look back and get an idea what was a good seller last year—and what didn’t sell well. Each show is very different and what sells well at this show may not at the next. We constantly juggle what we take to each show. Hotel reservations must be made, clothes readied and packed, the record book must be written up ,and Ethel (our GPS ) must be programmed as well as printing out driving directions from the internet. By the time we leave, my head is swimming!! But, this time I am ready early! How’d THAT happen!?! We’ll be in good shape—as long as Al doesn’t forget the cell phone again!! He needs that to authorize the charge sales. This is a fun show to do because many friends also do the show and we all stay at the same hotel. We usually end each day by going out to dinner together. Now, I can prove I’ve been busy!!……….
All these signs are about half of what I got finished—at last count I did a little over 200 !! I don’t do much cute country, but I do like to have some for variety—thus the santas…
Of course I did a bunch of folk art too, but didn’t get a pic of them yet—this is what I worked on today—they will be ready for the show in August……chairs…..
Hopefully the weather will be cooler for this show—my heart aches for those caught up in the fires, floods, and terrible heat. I am lucky that I can work in the cool house—I do not tolerate heat well. This show is notoriously blazing hot—so far it looks like it may be cooler than normal!
Thank you so much for visiting—I appreciate each and every one of you and enjoy every comment! I’ll be back to show you pics of this wonderful show, so take care and stay cool!!——-Jan