The Street Festival Experience


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Last Saturday I had the pleasure of vending at the Red Springs Street Festival.  Originally I had planned to vend with my cousin along my side, but unforeseen circumstances arose and she was unable to come.  I switched to Plan B and decided I would go at this event alone.  At the ninth hour, my dear dad decided that he would like to spend this day with me.  On his 65th birthday at that.  I must admit that it was nice having him there because I don't think I could have done this event alone, plus it's a pleasure to spend one-on-one time with my dad whenever we can.

Because of the impending weather, I decided at the last minute to purchase a white tent as a shelter.  I chose white because there are several shows that only allow white tents and so I figured if I had to purchase a tent, it might as well be white.  The salesman in the sporting goods section assured me of how easy it was to pop this tent up, but when I actually opened the tent and looked at the owner's manual, clearly there was a sketch of at least two people popping this tent up.  It took the husband of a neighboring vendor, my dad, and me to get that thing up!  And guess what?  It didn't even rain, but that was a good purchase I must admit.  One of my vending goals is to add one new "something" to the vending experience.  At first it was the foldable table and this time it was a tent.  Next I will work on making the tent more presentable.  I saw all kinds of neat ideas there.

I didn't make a lot of sales at this event.  I think having two larger festivals on the same day in the same area was not the best thing, but as long as I don't "go into the hole" vending, I look at it as a wonderful networking experience.  However, the sales I did make are largely contributed to my dad.  He has the gift.  Case in point:  He had his blood pressure checked at the festival and when he was through, several nurses came out and bought things from me.  What did he say?  Who knows, but maybe I should take him along more often.





Until next time,
 

9 comments:

  1. Definitely bring Dad along as often as you can. Who can resist a sweet man helping his daughter out? Not many. :) Good luck with those you tend in the future. :)

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  2. Awwh daddy's little girl outing!!! How special. Nice display and set-up too! I've been saying for quite a while that I'm going to pick up a covered tent like that to do outdoor portraits. I'm glad that you had a nice time with your pops and I hope that next time around you'll have a better turn out. Don't give up!

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  3. What a great way to spend the day with Dad! It sounds like he is a great sales assistant! A tent is definately a great investment. Now you will never need to panic if it is going to rain on a fair day.

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  4. I LOVE the look of your table and all the goodies around it! so colorful!

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  5. 1. What a sweet post Libby. 2. The new look of your blog is wonderful. 3. The purchase of a tent is a great investment for the handmade business owner. 4. Your table and the goods on it look lovely. 5. Congratulations on making the executive decision to do the event on your own. 6. Love this post...especially the part about your dad. Have a great week!

    -Tracy

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  6. That is so ABSOLUTELY kind of your dad to come along with you at the event! Those tents are tricky, I've helped assemble/set up one before, it's WORK! Definitely a 2+ person job. Also, I LOVE those printed photography cards!

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  7. Everything looked gorgeous! I especially love the Lily print cards from your video.
    It always helps to have someone come along with you to these events too, even if it's nothing more than having someone man the booth so you can take a break (use the rest room, eat, etc). Having a born salesman is a bonus!

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  8. YAY! Congrats on the sales, no matter how many there may have been, it's a great experience to have. :) I think you should definitely take dear dad along with you next time- he's your secret weapon. I can see him taking the place of that dress form you have there.... ;)

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  9. That is awesome! I would love to sell at a street event, haven't been to any as of yet. Your adad is the sweetest ever to do that for you on his birthday. Fathers like that are a dime a dozen, hope you enjoyed it!

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