this post could alternatively be called
"Holding down the fort"
"Tape is a miracle"
"Where the forghe is the food??"
Okay, so you must know by now that Ms. Patty is a laugh-riot. And in person? Uhm, I forgot my Depends, and I'm gonna leave it to your imagination at that point ;) To say that I had a blast at the Ridgefield Cultural Festival on Saturday with Patty would be an understatement. I'm not going to give you a blow by blow of the whole day, but rather some high points.
|Here's our set up |
My side is the sage and brown, Patty is on the blue and brown side.
We shared the little table at the back as our sales/packaging area.
The day was super windy. And while we had weighted down the tent, it was windy enough where we should have had more weights. Our typical response, when people came into our tent, went something like "We're just hanging around, would you like to join us?" Some people did. Literally, we had more than one person grab at the tent or at displays when the wind got particularly gusty. Thankfully, my lovely dress form Cecilia is quite a weighty girl. She held down that side of the tent quite capably. She was literally zip tied to the tent leg.
Displays, unless taped down or bottom heavy, tended to go blowing in the wind. I became very fond of my packing tape, using that on my necklace displays to hold them standing. And we made ample use of masking tape too. My earring displays, originally intended to be hung over my table, were hung from the corner posts. And had to be tied to the tent on the bottom of the frames to keep from trying to kill someone. Yeah, really.
|See, that's the not-so-secret stash of chocolate I was talking about.|
We had kisses and werthers.
(yum. yum. yum)
Patty brought the secret stash of peanut m&ms.
(yum. yum. yum.)
Oh, and I'd brought apples. D'ya think they got eatten? Yeah, no. Chocolate was the way to go. All the way to go. There's none left. Caffeine and chocolate, what's better? ;)
Wait, I just realized I hadn't yet shown you our table set ups. We complimented each other very nicely, I think! What was funny is that Patty and I matched the exact tonal variation on my sage green and her dusky blue. Perfectly. It was kinda cool! And it unified us in a way that made it definitely eye catching and pleasing, and yet at the same time it was quite obvious that we were two different vendors.
Her displays were just amazing!
Here's my side of the tent. Like Patty, I'd intended to go more vertical. Yeah, didn't happen. But overall, I'm pretty happy with how the displays and everything looked.
I will admit that my displays garnered alot of attention. They're simple commercial "leatherette" displays that I'd covered in paper and paint. The regular displays just didn't work for me, so some experimentation yielded a look that did!
I also had a few display stands and mirrors that I'd bought at Marshall's/TJMaxx. As I did with the frames, these got a treatment of antiquing. I bought them in ivory, thank goodness, but wanted to burnish some of the newness off of them. I like them much better that way ;)
I'd say that the show was a great success, and a learning experience. Sales were decent, and I think Patty and I did about the same. Another thing of vending with someone - one of us typically had something someone would want! I'd definitely recommend trying out a first time show with someone who compliments your own style, it really makes the show a great success....and way too much fun!
Wait, Patty, my friend, how did we not get a picture of us together??? Oh, wait. I know. Who would have held the tent?