Last Saturday started at zero dark thirty. Before the chickens were up. It was REALLY dark. And chilly.
The trusty Taurus and I drove to Faith Lutheran Church & School for the annual Fall Arts & Crafts Fair. The Taurus was a bit intimidated by all the vans, SUVs and cargo trailers already in the parking lot when we arrived, but it didn't phase me --- much.
At check-in I was informed I was assigned to booth 13:
Trying not to be superstitious, I proceeded to set up my little booth. This is my third year at this show. The first year my "booth" was in an entryway. The second year I was in the cafeteria quite a ways from the main event, but hungry people who followed the smell of fresh-brewed coffee and church lady pies found me. This year, however,not only was I in the "main event" area -- I was on a corner! Prime craft show real estate, despite the unlucky number.
My vendor neighbor across the aisle was Holly Adams of Baby Bee Bonnets. She crochets the most ADORABLE little hats!! You can see closeups of the cuteness on her Facebook page. But, alas, my youngest granddaughter is in 3rd grade. No baby or toddler hats in my immediate future. I did, however, grab a 3-pack of her pretty handmade dishcloths as a Christmas stocking stuffer.
Holly had the cutest PINK metal side table. It made me think of my blogging buddies Edi (whose favorite color is pink) and Traci (who transforms cast off furniture into colorful statement pieces).
It was my best craft show to date. The weather was great. The crowds were steady (except for a late afternoon lull---to be expected on a Husker home football Saturday). And my gross sales were more than double what I made at this show last Fall. Ka-Ching! The only down side is a temporary drop in Etsy inventory (below my goal of 100 listings) as I hustle to replace sold items with new inventory. It will be pedal to the metal this week (sewing machine pedal, that is).
On balance, though, 13 turned out to be a pretty lucky number!
LeAnn aka pasqueflower