This weekend I participated as a guest artist at the Waconia Farmers Market for the first time. For those of you who live in the Twin Cities, you know that this last weekend in July felt much more like October than the season it is supposed to be. I think that the chill in the air may have been a detriment to the early morning traffic at the market (it certainly didn't help the smoothie maker next to us!). Eric and I were glad we brought sweatshirts but wished we had taken jackets as well (and maybe some cinder blocks...more about that later).
Eric and I got up early (too early considering we'd been out at a concert in downtown Minneapolis the night before) and headed over to the parking lot where the farmers market is held to get set up. Some folks were already working on setting up their tents and booths when we arrived at 7:30 and the rest of the vendors trickled in as we started setting ourselves up. As the guest artist at the market, I was able to use a tent that the market provided and Chef Craig helped us set up. By opening time at 8:00 a.m. Eric and I had gotten things pretty well displayed and were ready to go!
|Ready to start the day...we think.|
I'm stubborn, so the shift happened one display piece at a time as I slowly admitted that I couldn't beat the wind. For the most part, we were able to sort of brace things whenever it got super windy and nothing too tragic happened. Near the end of the day when we were starting to pack up, my reflexes weren't fast enough and the the open box and display bust next to it went flying! I was amazed that nothing got damaged although the display piece did get a little scraped up. I might eventually see if there's a way I can update that one to hide the damage to the "leatherette" surface.
|My husband was such a trooper holding down the tent most of the day!|
|Close up of one of my earring displays. Photo Credit: Nicki B. from Terra Waconia.|
So, what did I learn from my first outdoor show? Here's a short rundown:
- Have extra supplies ready in the car (like weights for the tent legs, jackets, etc)
- If you might be dealing with wind, a flatter display is better. (I'll be buying more flat tray-type containers for my necklaces before my next outdoor show.)
- I needed more more mid-ranged priced necklaces. (People loved my more expensive pieces, but weren't prepared to make that sort of commitment at the market.)
A huge thanks to my sweet husband for sticking it out with me all day and to everyone who stopped by to look at my wares! I'll be back at the Waconia Farmers Market again on Saturday, September 7th.