Worst show ever

Live and learn. This was to be a 2 day event; I only stayed yesterday. To start off the weather was not on our sides. I was soooo windy. I would rather have rain than the wind. I got to use my new weight bags for this show, but these were not enough.
I even had my husband come back by the opening hour and bring me another 27 lbs. to attach to the middle of the tent to stabilize it.
Two tents blew completely over, papers and brochures were flying everywhere. Tree pollen was all over the tables and jewelry.
I had a nice location to set up my booth, on the corner, in front of a "new age" type of book store, but being on the corner, I caught alot of wind.

I was doing "double duty" also. My friend Carol, who was to share the booth with me, hurt her back and could not come, so I offered to set up all her stuff and sell for her too.
Now this event was suppose to be a "white tent only, juried items only accepted", but turned out that was not the case. This was a very small show of only 2 short blocks long, and probably only less than 15-20 booths at best.

A "promoter show" as these are called, and not a true "art show". But where was the promotion? I found no advertising for this event anywhere; on the Internet or locally. When we arrived in the morning all I saw was some hand drawn art festival signs, that looked like garage sale signs. (I think you know what I mean.)
Not a well attended show, I barely made my booth fee back. I will not be doing this event again.
As the day progressed, the winds got worse, the weather forcasted for gale force wind and rains overnight, and a cold front and winds for today (Sunday). I quickly decided that I would not stay, or come back for Sunday. I was not alone in that decision. A couple of folks, who were new to this event were afraid to leave, as they feared they would not be asked back to the show. My opinion, which I did voice openly, was "who cares", I was not coming back anyway. I have too much money invested in my booth, supplies and product to risk getting it all damaged in the weather overnight. Come on, get a grip.
This was not the right venue for me.
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Since I will not be at the show today, I will be honoring the 10% discount to any purchases made in my shop today only, thank you!



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Sorry to hear about your show! I've only done one outdoor show and the wind was the worst part!
Chalk this one up under the "live and learn" column :) (and enjoy your day at home)

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