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,