Wednesday, December 9, 2009
A++++++++++++++Weekend Part 2
Ok, so this was my very first selling event that wasn't on etsy or in my living room with friends and I was pretty nervous about it. Thankfully, my daughter Jenny said she would help me and she was the one responsible for the setup arrangement which I thought was real cute. Then Rachel wanted to come and help and my husband Ray wanted to come along too! We live about an hour from Birmingham and really enjoy making trips to the big city!
After the picturesque ride we arrived at our destination in the Avondale area of Birmingham and was greeted by a great girl named Katy who collected our fee and ordered our lunches, took our payment AND delivered it to our tables! There was coffee, doughnuts and bottled water availlable for the vendors all day too.
I picked a spot to set up in and it must have been Divine guidance because we were in between some of the nicest people I have ever met! On one side was Emily whose husband James was helping her get set up and she was so sweet and friendly and sold the cutest necklaces, hair clips, earrings and knit scarves. I immediately starting eying them up with plans to buy some of them babies, and actually made some great trades to get them! Her business is called "Chubby Bird" which is a name that I just love!
On the other side of us were two girls' Jessika and Mellissa, who made quite a stir with their recycled tee shirt scarves, delicious egg nog fudge, jewelry, lamp shades and hot chocolate on a stick! Also, some of the nicest folks I have ever met! We also made some great trades and enjoyed each others company and sense of humor!
To their left was a great guy named Paul who sold embellished mirrors and boxes that were also high on my "gotta get" list! I bought some and traded my things to acquire these unique mirrors. Paul and his wife and kids had only just moved to Birmingham about a month ago from Atlanta and it was his first craft event , so everything was new to him too. A really pleasant and friendly guy that Ray enjoyed talking to too.
All the things for sale at this event were so beautiful, I ended up spending my profits on Christmas shopping and got some one of a kind things for my Christmas list!
At the end of the second day, I had left Ray in charge of the table as I went with Jenny and Rachel to check out a bazaar location about 6 blocks away in the Bottletree Cafe. We were gone for about half an hour because we had found some things to buy there and I when we got back my husband informed me that as soon as I walked out, the table was swamped with customers and that he had sold several hats, cowls and scarves for me. Mellissa and Jessika told us how funny Ray was at selling the things and that he actually modeled a cowl for a customer who didn't understand how it worked, which was very humorous! Thankfully Emily bailed him out by showing the lady how it worked!
Well, I sold out most of my inventory which is why my etsy shop is so sparse now, and made some fantastic buys, but the greatest thing was the people! We were all so sad to say goodbye because it had been so nice spending the time with our crafty neighbors, but got contact information and hugged each other good bye!
So....now I am spoiled rotten from my first adventure and can't imagine anything else living up to it! Thank you Bottlletree for hosting this Bazaaar and thank you Allison who hooked me up with these people to begin with!