(First off, my apologies for those of you who get email notifications of new posts. I hit the wrong button a few minutes ago and prematurely published – this is the real version).
Wow! I thought I was ready and together for Christmas.
I was wrong!
I’m sold out of almost everything I make. Etsy is empty. I had to skip the Rose Bowl last weekend because I had nothing to sell. And I’ve spent the last few days rushing to fill a corporate order that had me making 160 coasters in about two days.
This is what’s known as an excellent problem!
And, even though it’s old news I wanted to get a post in about Unique LA.
It was a great experience. So many talented vendors, beautifully organized and such terrific (and abundant) customers!
It started off a little rocky (thanks to me) though.
The folks who run Unique take it very seriously and expect you to step up to the plate as far as your booth decorating and planning and such.
So my booth partner Trisha and I decided we would create panels for her products to hang on, frame the sides of the pillar that made up the corner of our booth and coordinate it all in a single color. Excellent! I just had to build it.
We also settled on a paint color color – a vintagy blue green that we got from one of Trisha’s old matchbooks. She went and got the paint matched I got to work.
The resulting color was…..not what I had imagined. It was a perfect match to what we’d chosen – nobody did anything wrong. But when splashed everywhere rather than just on a tiny section of a matchbook it looked as if we either A) sold onesies for babies or B) our store was an homage to 1950s mental institutions. The former would have been totally misleading. The latter was, given my lunatic nature, a bit closer to the truth but not really the vibe one wants to project.
But it was up there and it was too late to change it.
Move in day was hectic. Freight elevator delays, forgotten tools (like my drill!), general panic and I didn’t finish setting up in time so I came back the next morning to finish.
I kinda failed.
So they opened the doors to the event. The happy crowd swelled in and…..I was on the floor under a table madly hunting for coasters.
So much for a graceful entrance.
But after that everything went great.
The booth actually looked good once everything was up (sorry for the phone pictures but, along with the drill I forgot my camera).
I made this shelving system to disply the HOME signs and boy did it work. Sold out in about an hour – had to hussle to make more that night (I didn’t know I could make them that fast. Apparently I just needed the right motivation).
And by the second day I was almost totally wiped out of stock and had learned a valuable lesson about how to prepare for next Christmas.
Now I’m in Ohio for my mom’s 90th Birthday celebration!