Tuesday, June 14, 2011

What I did this weekend - Maple Valley Days

Things I learned at my three day local show: Maple Valley Days.

In no particular order.....

  • Dad's are the best! Thanks for helping me set up and take down dad.

  • Three days is a long show. I was so pooped after each day and didn't feel back to normal until mid day Monday. Why does sitting at a show all weekend make your tired (I'm guessing that it is being "on" all weekend.

  • The four hour farmer's market is looking really good right now (see above).

  • Compliments on my artwork is like food for my soul.

  • Having great booth neighbors makes the days so much better. Thanks to Mama Rizzos and Chelane's Jams for being great neighbors.

  • I missed having my booth mate Lori, it is great to have someone to talk to (and watch your stuff when you have to pee or eat).

  • Maple Valley Days has lots of commercial booths and I like arts/crafts festivals better.

  • Teenagers like to hang out a Maple Valley Days. Of course I was between the food and the carnival rides, so the teens were there too.

  • Teen girls REALLY like tight jeans. Just a tip, if I can see your buttocks crease through your jeans, they are too tight.

  • Preteen boys think melting glass is really cool and give the nicest complements "handmade is so cool, everything is being made in China these days." YAY, future cosumer of my beads.

  • I should have made my long banner white (see above). DUH, I have a black table cloth.

  • I like my new banners.

  • Sitting on a slight slope is annyoing and hurts one's ankles.

  • Sitting near the restrooms is not a bad thing.

  • Skateboards look really different than when I was in highschool (makes me feel old).

  • Fair food smells so good, but costs so much.


Sharon Driscoll said...

I love the list. it is soooo true and be sure to show those future customer the process and how their girlfriend will just melt over a little heart..if you are worried something like that might go with your display keep them under the table on leather - moderate pricing.

And if you don't like the black on black - which I actually think is very chic and cool - you could consider making a cloth in a neutral color that is in some of the beads you have in it and it will pop it forward. Take the banner with you to the fabric store and lay it across all kinds of colors.

Lara Lutrick said...

Thanks Sharon!

CreekHiker / HollysFolly said...

Lara, That was the first thing I noticed... the black on black looks great!

Where DID you find that banner??? I haven't been physically up to shows but...I've been thinking about it.. Your banner rocks!

Patrice of Glass by Patrice said...

Good tips Lara :) Kudos to you for being able to do it alone, we aren't that brave/able!

Lara Lutrick said...

Patrice, I could not have done it without my dad to help set up the tent. It is very difficult.

Lara Lutrick said...

Holly - I got 2 banners, one (shown here) 4ft x 2 ft and the other 2x2 for $15 each. Just uploaded my file and it was here super fast.

Lara Lutrick said...

Oppps, banners from www.just4banners.com