Vending Stories: Christmas on the Square {Episode 3}


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My final vending event of the year was held on the first Saturday in December.  Again, another cold front swept through are region along with lots and lots of rain.  Oh my goodness.  But before I get into that, let me tell you of the new things added to this event.

I had planned to make a few new batches of whipped shea butter and all-natural lip balms.  And I did!  I really enjoyed making those items and packaging them up.  I know my expertise in packaging is uber limited, but I'm learning bit by bit. 


I was glad to offer something new in addition to the remaining fiber arts and photography items.  I figured that the lip balms would make great stocking stuffers too.

Like I mentioned before, if you ever vend alone, you have to be very very organized and make as many preparations as you can to expect the unexpected.  I planned what I knew, and I was excited for this event, but somehow with all the rain and cold winds, my happy mood was dwindling fast.  Too fast.

When I got to the event, I couldn't find my space nor anyone in charge to help me.  Finally I found a worker and was moved closer to the main square (which was nice) because there had been many cancellations from other vendors due to the weather.  I set up and re-set up several times because the winds kept knocking my items over.  When I thought I finally had made accommodations, the rain came and more wind and soaked all of my crocheted items underneath the tent.  Then my (new) tent started blowing away.  I could not stake my tent down because I was vending on the pavement.  What I needed (as noted from other vendors) was some bricks or cinder blocks to place the legs of my tent inside.
I gave this kind vendor one of my hats which she adorned with her handmade earrings.
Anyhoo, I will admit it, all of a sudden out of nowhere I had a mini meltdown.  I thought of how if my dad were there, he would have had all sorts of tools in his truck and would have rigged up something for me in no time.  I thought of my wet crocheted items and the fine arts prints that I couldn't display.  I could feel the tears burning and I was about to admit defeat when DUM DUM DUM....some nearby vendors came to my rescue, literally grabbed my tent and all my stuff.  All my stuff.  And took it to their spaces.  Yes, they put my tent in between theirs and staked me to their tents.  Then I nearly cried for a whole other reason.  LOL  Acts of kindness like that remind me that there are still so many kind people in the world.

A family of customers...and me of course.
The deputy let us warm our hands by his car.  He offered to let us actually sit in the car, but we were all too scared to do that.  lol

Then at some point my mom came by and worked her magic in telling people she met while perusing the event to come and see me.  I know that that was the reason for quite a few of my sales.  My parents are like night and day, but on that day I realized how my mom was accomplishing what daddy would have done but in a different way.  Same end result though.  And it made me smile so much on the inside.

In spite of the weather, I actually made more contacts and sales there than I did two years ago when it was bright and sunny.  One of the other wonderful things that happened that day was that a downtown shop owner bought some lip balm and got a whipped shea butter sample.  She offered me the opportunity to create a display of those items in her shop that I could sell.  And that's what I've been wanting for a while - to put some items in shops.

Bella, the little dog that belonged to the vendors next to me.
I know this was a long post, but I felt so many things on that day that I just wanted to share with you.  :-)

Happy Crafting,


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5 comments:

  1. Awww, Libby! I just wanted to reach over and give you a hug! It's so hard being by yourself and feeling down and then all your positive thoughts start to drain....I'm so glad that the other vendors helped you out and picked you up. The kindness of others is so heart warming. It's great that it worked out well in the end too :)

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  2. What a wonderful thing those other vendors did for you!!! Beyond awesome. So glad to hear that you are putting some of your stuff in a shop! How exciting!!!

    Hugs!!!

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  3. Sounds like the crafting community is full of wonderful people! How nice of the other vendors to help you out. I'm glad everything worked out in the end. I don't think I would be courageous enough to go to a craft show by myself.

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  4. I like your vending stories. This one in particular I like it because you talk about the kindness of people and your mom. You are so very talented!

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  5. What an eventful day Libby! That is so fabulous that the other vendors saved the day! It sounds like a stressful day turned into a perfect one. It is a reminder that there is so much good out there. I can totally see how this was an emotional roller coaster. Congratulations on the offer to set up your items in the local gift shop. That is awesome!
    I wish you and your family is Merry Christmas full of fun and laughter!

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