My, my how the summer has flown by! We have been super busy with trips to both Seattle and Arizona, swimming in the pool, and of course, preparing for Art in the Park! I As I wrote in this past post, Art in the Park is a huge, two day craft fair here in TriCities,WA. I have been going almost every summer since I was a little girl, dreaming of having my own booth one day. This year, I made that dream come true as I set my booth up alongside 300+ other vendors!
It was a dizzying few weeks leading up to the fair followed by a whirlwind two days. I had a lot of fun and learned a LOT, which I want to share with you.
- It takes a lot of helping hands. Between setting up the tent, hauling tables, putting up banners and setting up all the products (among many, many other tasks!), there is NO way I could have pulled off this event by myself. I owe a huge debt to my entire family for helping me set up and take down, and manned my booth during potty breaks.
- You never know about your fellow vendors. People who create are quite creative in themselves. One jewelry seller wore a cat outfit both days-tail included! Another was an awesome, hippie-esque man selling jewelry with his college-aged daughter. All were amazing people, full of friendliness and great advice. I even formed a friendship/mentorship with my neighbor Rob, from Saucy Jewelry. (Check them out here-they have beautiful pieces!)
- You never have everything you need. While not my first fair, it was my first outdoor venue-which brought a whole set of obstacles I hadn’t prepared for. Most noticeably, the DUST! Dust got on my tables, my banks and of course me! Thanks to my awesome family and a bit of quick thinking, my sister ran to the store and got me a box of swiffers-which now live in my “fair box!”
- Never stop thinking outside of the box. I wanted some shelving for my tables for
visual effect. However, I didn’t have any shelves or extra cash to buy some. What I did have, though, was a lot of spare boxes and fun wrapping paper.-poof! Fun, inexpensive makeshift shelving that helped my products-and entire booth-stand out! There is no “right” or “wrong” way to set up a booth at a craft fair.
Both days of the fair were beautifully sunny but not too hot,which meant a lot of people out shopping! The best part for me was running into so many old friends and community members that I haven’t seen for years, since before moving to Brooklyn, NY. I even ran into my 7th grade teacher! So many smiles,hugs and adopted Littles-it was one of the best weekends I’ve had in long while!
Making your own dreams come true is totally worth it!!