It was a pretty good turnout and I have to say this was the best I've ever done at a show. Now I didn't do quit my job good, but I didn't do that bad at all. I sold enough items to pay for my booth, the gas to get down there, my last bead order, my last glass order, and a little left over for myself. So I would say that was a good day.
The day started out a little rocky. I got up a little late and we were almost an hour behind schedule (because it was pouring rain). Then I missed the exit, took the next one, ended up in the middle of construction, and we were an hour late. So we had to scramble to set up. And then I realised in our rush to get ready that I forgot a number of things (table risers, sign, beaded rings, etc.) That was a little disheartening, but we prevailed.
The sky cleared up and for most of the day it was beautiful. The sun was shinning, there were a lot of people, and I was making sale after sale. I sold a lot of smaller items, but hey, that small stuff adds up. And I made a lot more sales then expected considering the economy.
My beaded hoops were a complete success. I sold a bunch of those. I sold a whole bunch of lampwork beads, and a bunch of my new beaded necklaces. Plus I got a custom order. So like I said, great day.
Then the clouds rolled in. J and I were sitting there discussing if we should put the third wall up when all of a sudden it started down pouring. The wind picked up and we almost lost the canopy. But we quickly put the third wall up and luckily had some nice people who moved our cash register and cell phones. I even made a sale while I was soaking wet and trying to get the weights on the canopy so it wouldn't blow away. We were very fortunate, the booths around us didn't have as much luck with the weather, I felt so bad for them. J went and helped the guy next to us b/c he was there all by himself.
And as quickly as the storm started, it was gone! So we dusted ourselves off, dried up everything and persevered for the last two hours of the show, I even made a few more sales. So it was worth staying. And most people were very understanding that my booth was now a tad bit wet and everything was just one the tables (we took all the displays down just in case the wind picked back up again).
So it was a very nice start (minus the rain) to the show season. I won't be doing that many shows this summer, but I plan on doing a lot more next year, and we're already designing new displays to catch people's attention.
And my crazy wire display tree was a success. So many people loved it, and it didn't even budge when the rain and wind started. So yay wire tree!!!
Oh yeah, I had a mashed potato pizza today, it was so delicious. I recommend if you're ever in Burlington, WI you should get one!