Monday, September 7, 2009

Tick Tock Tick Tock

Happy Labor Day everyone! I hope you have a relaxing day planned with your family.

The clock is ticking away the minutes and hours until my very first indoor craft show next weekend! YIKES!!

Irv and I will be doing our "trail run" with the craft show booth today. Irv has it down and on the we will set it up out in the driveway (to see how long that takes us), then we will take it down and load it on the truck (to be sure the booth and all of the shelves and the check out table all fit nicely in the back of his little pick up truck). Then we will move it from there back to the cart (so it's ready to be loaded back onto the truck Friday afternoon). We want to make sure that when we unload it from the truck to the cart at the show Friday afternoon that it is in the order that Irv wants it in to set it up. Do I have you totally confused yet? HAHA!

The booth all stacked up on the cart. Irv had to glue felt to every piece so it won't scratch the floor if we have to move it around when we set it up!!
I finished up the last of my items for the show, and yesterday I priced all of the new items and did my inventory for the show. The skirts and ruffles for all of the shelves are also done. I even started making lists of what I need to bring.

My tote bags waiting to be pressed.
After our trial run, I will be ironing the aprons and tote bags so they will be ready to pack up. The only thing I haven't done is make myself a new vendor apron and I think I just might have time to do that too! Isn't it amazing what we can accomplish when we set our minds to it?

I put the little ropes on the girls yesterday.
The show is Saturday and Sunday, but they had an option to set up on Friday and Irv and I grabbed it. We are going to work a 1/2 day, come home and load up the truck and the car and head over to set up. What's really nice is that they have security, so we can actually set up the entire booth, items included, on Friday, close up the entrance to the booth with a tarp and arrive an hour before the show. If we have any problems, we will be able to address them Friday, and not when the show is about to open.

Remember the old sewing cabinet I plucked from our neighbor's garbage a few weeks ago? Here it is now. Irv threw a little shelf underneath so I have somewhere to put the credit card slips and some notepads and pens. I think he did an awesome job!
I finished some more cake stands this week too. They have been on the kitchen table all week, but it's okay, we never sit there to eat anyway!
I'm not setting any goals for myself for sales, because I have no control over it. If people are looking to buy what I have to sell, then it will be a good show. If not, I hope to just make enough to pay back my entry fee and pay for part of my booth. I only made 15 aprons and 10 tote bags. I want to see how they go at this show before I put any more time or money into them. I will have my pillows, ceramic tile coasters and light switch covers too.

I made these cute little signs yesterday to hang on the front of my booth.
Have a great day today and I'll chat with tomorrow!


Mary said...

you are so organized! everything looks wonderful and very professional! i know you'll have a great show!

Tins and Treasures said...

You look sooo ready. We do only one local show a year, and I am crafting up to an hour before we leave!! Happy Labor Day ~Natalie

Nancy said...

Good luck! I love your cake stands. They are just so sweet. I hope you have a great time and that shoppers appreciate your artistic creativeness as much as we do! Oh, and that table is precious. He did a great job!


Lanyardlady said...

OMG, I got breathless just reading your post! What you've done is AMAZING and your booth will be so popular! It's going to be a very successful show, and I can't wait to hear about it.

Bluebell said...

This all looks brilliant I wish I lived near so that I could come and see your lovely new stand all dressed up. Please take lots of photo's. The little sewing table is really lovely you did a great job, I am away until next saturday so good luck with everything.
Love Jill

Bunny said...

I wish you lots of luck with your show. Everything looks great I love those girls too cute. The sewing table is wonderful way to go. Love it. Enjoy yourself at the show. Oh yes love your cake plates too.

Caio Fernandes said...

hi !! your blog is very creative and dinamic .
thank you for the inspirations !!!

Baroness Bijoutery said...

Well it looks like the two of you have everything down to an art form..Your set up should go really well..Hope you have fantastic sales..good luck...

Angela said...

I looks like Irv has worked just as hard as you have! Irv is such a sweet husband.

I hope the trial run goes off without a hitch. It is great that you get to go set up on Friday night. That will take a ton of pressure off.

You wanna borrow my vendor's apron? I can mail it to you.

jen said...

I had no idea you made cake stands too! I've been gathering and making some myself over the last month or so for a fall show I'm doing this month... I didn't copy you, I promise! :)

Looks like you guys are ready to go! Great job!
Can't wait to hear all about the show and see pics of the booth set up!

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