LOML and I did a one-day show today in Claremont, about 50 minutes east of home. It's the biggest one in the area. I'm not sure how many vendors, but it takes up three east-west streets and three north-south streets...nine large square blocks of vendors. We did this show last fall and lost money, even though the crowd was big. (I paid a $275 entry fee and sold one $40 pen.) We decided to take a gamble this fall and try it again, kind of a "last chance" show. If it bombed, I was planning to lay off the shows for a while. If it did OK, I'd consider continuing.
I had misread the vendor instructions, and thought the show started at 10:00. Turns out, it started at 9:00. We kinda figured it out when we rolled up at 8:30 and all the other vendors were pretty much set up. Our timing was perfect...just an hour off. I finished the final arrangement of the display at 9:58. So for the first hour of the show, I was setting up the booth and display. In the end, I made up for the lost time by being one of the last booths to tear down.
A couple crowd shots: (All with the cell phone...I didn't get a real camera out while we were there.)
And a booth shot (in action):
And a little less crowded:
Lots of people visited the booth. I did so much talking, I lost my voice several times during the day.
And oh yeah...we tripled our entry fee. It was our second best show ever, even including all the 2-day shows we've done. So I'm not throwing in the towel yet. I'm already planning to enter an indoor show that runs for several consecutive weekends at the end of November and into December.