I needed a recovery day.
Unique LA was really awesome and just a weee bit exhausting.
“Why would standing there selling things for two days be exhausting?” You may ask.
Well, it wasn’t the “standing there” part – it was the mad, crazy dash to get to the “standing there” part.
In my vast wisdom I decided that with two shows in a row, a huge wholesale order due and numerous Etsy orders due that NOW would be the ideal time to create a totally new look! Now would be the time to build new displays. Now would be the time for new signs, new selling methods!
“Now” also turned out to be the time to have a small, nervous breakdown.
The Friday before the show was filled with six, yes six, “last minute” trips to Home Depot. I’m not sure how one can have six “last” trips….it seems like after the first last trip you’re into last trip overtime and a new phrase needs to be coined.
And Saturday, the day of the show, included yet another Home Depot trip
(I’m losing your sympathy aren’t I? You’re thinking to yourself “dude, make a freakin’ list!” I had lists! I swear! I just didn’t anticipate broken and/or missing drill bits, peg board holes that were a different size than all other peg board holes in the known universe and a sudden, distinct lack of glue among other things).
But everything got set up – more or less – and I was pleased…..more-or-less.
I had a primo corner spot right near the entrance and created two towers to display coasters, HOME signs and letters.
I know…. Green! What a surprise that is for all of us. Who could have foreseen this choice on my part?! (also they aren’t quite as GREEN!!!!! as they look in these pictures and the tablecloth in the back looks more matchy in reality. Nor was the world slightly blurry that day)
They were also supposed to display magents! If I hadn’t accidentally left them at home……..
I had a slightly modified display for coaster packs and candle blocks
And added a shelf for trays and such.
The folks attending were great (I even met a blog reader who stopped by to say “hi” – how cool is that?!). I love that so many people are up for buying original designs made locally.
Sales were brisk – I actually sold out of several things on the first day.
- Coming up , on the second day with a nifty new way to display HOME signs that looked swell until they fell and I broke two letters.
- Discovering that the subway signs were selling fast
and that people were waaay into the idea of customizing them. So, in a true Wylie E. Coyote Super Genius moment I raced home Saturday night and came up with this!
And in an equally Wylie E Coyote move…..forgot to bring it with me on Sunday.
But, bottom line. Sales were sold. Lessons were learned and the hungry maw of Home Depot was fed.
And now it’s time for Renegade!
Mark your calendars! Come on by!…….. See what I forget to bring! (we can totally turn this into a drinking game!)