For Day 2, my friend Tina came up to help me! She grew up on Signal too, so it was a fun little reunion. We gabbed all day long. It was so fun to catch up sans our kiddos. Not to mention, even though Saturday was way busier, I didn't sell a purse until the show was over! I sold a wreath and most of my card sets but no purses. So I'm grateful I had someone to talk with.
Tina also let me wander around the fair a little bit, which I didn't get to do Friday. There was a lot of great art and neat booths. My favorite was a booth featuring antiques and hand-soldered pendants. I'm kicking myself for not buying more stuff!
Sorry the pictures are horrible . . . the sun was super bright! Anyway, check out these fab antique Halloween decorations. I was drooling. I almost bought a box of cookie cutters but I don't have any space or use for them right now . . . : (
Another thing I'm kicking myself for not buying . . . vintage feed sacks! I was thinking about using them for lining my book purses with. The red and green one would've been great for a "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" purse I'm working on. I also love the yellow one with the pineapple print. There was also a red one printed with white bunnies and birds. Sigh.
I did allow myself to grab a handful of these . . . giant antique buttons! I got four for $7! Again, wishing I had bought more! Luckily, I grabbed the woman's email address so now I have an antique button connection.
I also got this hand-soldered pendant. I love to get jewelry since I cannot make it myself. I've tried and failed--miserably! Plus, I don't quite trust myself with anything hot enough to melt metal . . . my hands are covered in hot glue gun burns as it is.
Well, folks, Hodgepodge is done. I laughed, I cried, I sweat. Here's what the critics (i.e., visitors to my booth) had to say:
"Who'd wear this around?"
Well, you can't please everyone. As you can see, I encountered lots of rude people (I'm right here! I can hear you, you know!) but many, many more kind people. I got endless compliments. So many, in fact, I'm thinking of making a sign next year that says, "Compliments are nice but I prefer cash."
I also was afforded a lot of opportunities I wouldn't have encountered otherwise. I was asked to do a demo at The Creative Discovery Museum, which I think will be lots of fun. I was also invited to join a miniaturist hobby club . . . I've always been fascinated by miniatures, so I'm excited to see what it takes to actually bring them to life.
Overall, it was a good experience and I plan on doing it again next year . . . for now, I'm beat!