We did another show this weekend in Studio City, about 30 minutes from home. The Rotary Club has been running this show for over 40 years, so it's very well established and organized. Great location, nice weather, best porta-johns in town, lots of good art at the show, but relatively light crowds and dismal sales for pretty much everyone. Some vendors did better than me, but others also did worse. I had products ranging from $20 to $280, but there just weren't many wallets opening up here this weekend. I sold four pieces, but still didn't make my entry fee...yet. I'll be getting another sale from this show in a week or so. A long-time friend (former co-worker) and his wife came by the booth to check out my bowls for a gift for the wife's mom. She's getting her kitchen remodeled and they plan to get her a bowl. They just didn't pick one yet since they haven't seen the kitchen, so didn't know which bowl would look nice in it. Most of the time when someone says "I'll be back", I don't put much credence into it, but from this couple, I know it'll happen.
There was another turner directly across the aisle from me...we're pretty good buddies from past shows and aside from my 5 bottle stoppers, we didn't have any competing products. (He has a better selection of bottle stoppers than me, plus he specializes in smaller things like pill boxes and desk sets.) He sold a bit more than me, but he still just barely covered his entry fee. Sunday I believe all he sold was one $12 bookmark.
On top of it all, LOML and I were both dealing with pesky chest colds. She was sick all last week (and she's still not better), and I started coming down with it Thursday or Friday, and it's gaining on me, too. She was feeling worse than me, so she stayed home for most of the weekend, just coming to help set up and pack. I pretty much had to be there, so there I was.
It was far from the worst weekend of my life, but I still wouldn't want to repeat it.
Obligatory booth shot, with overcast skies and an iPhone: