Some of you might have seen my comments in friends feed about my working to create more jewelry for my Art in the Park show.
It was this past Sunday, July 27, 2014.
This is the seventh year I have been admitted.
There were a few years I didn't apply.
There were a few years I never thought I would be able health wise to participate in doing a show.
I was so obese, it was impossible for me to get around. Since I am single, there was no one to help me set up and tear down, load, unload, give me breaks.
Those were some bad, depressing years.
I really like to do these kind of shows.
Even though selling on line has got to be the way most people go these days. Almost every artists, craftier I know still likes to get out and have personal contact with the potential customers.
Outdoor shows take more preparation and supplies than indoor ones.
First and most important is the large fold up canopy. I've had this one about 10 years. It's the heavy duty steel kind. It has served me well and I'll keep it as a back up and for the coast, where it can with stand the windy conditions that sometimes hit the Oregon coast even in the Summer.
I'm going to buy a lighter aluminum double fold up canopy. Besides folding up vertical, it fold in half, compacting it to a four foot bundle instead of a six foot.
It will be easier for me to handle and load and unload.
On asphalt one can set it up by there selves. But on grass you need another person to be on the other side to open or close it up.
At this show my friend Jerry was next to me, he always helps me..
I have a van that I use for shows and hauling around some of my treasured thrift finds.
You need tables, covers. Displays. supplies, like packing paper, boxes. I use an outdoor carpet , encase a piece of jewelry falls on ground, i can see it and doesn't get lost in the grass. I have to have some kind or risers to make a second tier on table to show the jewelry.
That calls for some shelve boards to sit on racks.
I pack the van the day before the show.
On the morning of show I load the jewelry and a cooler with water and snacks. I don't eat vendor food.
Once I arrive, usually by 6:00am, they like to give vendors 2, 3 hours set up time. Plus it depends on location . I had number five location so early arrival, unload, then move van to parking area so others can get in and do the same.
At this show all vendors are set up on both sides of a winding walkway that goes through the middle of this lovely park. There are huge trees that provide shade.
There is a stage, music and many people picnicking . tables and fire pits provided.
This was only a one day show so took three light fold up tables. If it had been a three day show, like the one I'm doing in a few weeks at the coast, I'll take four heavy duty tables.
Tables set up, risers in place, covered tables and all with black cloths. With white ones on side. Sometimes in Spring I do an Easter show then i use pale blue cloths. But jewelry always looks good on black. After all it's the jewelry you are showcasing. No other distractions. But you still have to make your booth look attractive. Make sure all boxes and junk out of sight.
I set up in a horse shoe shape. Those pictures are right side, front and left side.
Here are some of the pieces that sold.
The last photo is my Boho necklace, i make 3 or 4 all different stones but same design. I sold all. So for sure will be making more.
I had one on with turquoise as as the dominate stone, a women wanted it and even though I had thought i would keep it as my own, I sold it. I can always make another.
There were bracelets and a few earrings sold too.
I always provide a $1.00 basket of assorted bracelets and necklaces. That basket was very popular. The young girls , boys, and women love to rummage thru and find something they just can't pass up.
It was a very hot day , i was sticky and really couldn't wait to pack up and get home. I have a pool, I knew i would jump in as soon as i could change clothes.
Finally 4:00 came i had started to put some things away a little earlier. i always do. all the jewelry got wrapped in to the trays, packed in the bags.
Cloths folded, displays wrapped and store till next show.
Jerry helped me fold up canopy and insisted in loading it into van for me. He's a real sweetie.
I got everything else loaded up and headed home.
Dallas is half hour drive from Salem.
I was tired, didn't get much sleep night before.
I stopped got a roto chicken and some salad.
Home at last.
Titan greeted me with kisses. He thinks any time I'm gone is forever.
I had carried the jewelry in with me. Left the van packed. Might stay that way till i go to the next show. I looked at the loading, it's good. So much trouble to unload only to load again. I have a secure place to park it. Just won't be doing any thrift buying, or at least any big pieces for a while.
I'll use my Porsche to run around town.
I was so tired, I didn't feel like changing into a swim suit to hit the pool. took a shower, got into some pj's and picked at my dinner. Can you believe a person can get too tired to eat? Well I was.
Tried to watch TV. I just wanted to sleep.
Set the Genie to record all the show that come on Sunday night and went to bed.
Woke up Monday morning stiff and achy. I took the day off, did nothing. Oh I finally did go to the pool. Messed around the house a little. looked at the jewelry supplies and covered them up, I'll be ready to work on more pieces later this week.
Today I have to go to the grocery store and bank, few other stops to make.
It's another hot day, getting into the 90's all week.
I'll get out, do what needs to be done and home in the A/C before the heat really hits.
I don't take Titan in the small car. His doggies seat doesn't really fit as good as the van.
Well Spark friends, this blog gives you the low down on a day at a craft, art show.
Have three more out door ones to do. Then it's inside for the Xmas shows.
Those are easier as they usually have tables to rent, no canopy needed, just your displays, and supplies, and the jewelry.
I will start to make more ,later this week. I need a few days break. I defiantly know what I need to work on.
Got a lot of positive feed back from customers.
Surprisingly even some men stopped to compliment me on the composition and design of some pieces.
one that got a lot of attention.
A couple looked at this and husband mentioned he really liked it, she did too. Later he came back and passed me a business card with a note saying he would contact me about getting it to surprise his wife.
Back has been acting up. Too much sitting and lifting. Even though during the day I walked around a lot and tried not to sit too long. Sitting compresses my spine and the injured disk making it hurt. Could hardly walk yesterday.
Once it even locked in place, caught me by surprise. Thanks for some muscle relaters and pain pills.
So I'm off for a walk. Be sure take my phone with me, encase i have to call for a ride.
Everyone enjoy the reminder of the Summer.
Stay focused but be flexible.
You want to enjoy life.
Peace and Love