Yesterday was the first day of the big Jackalope Fair in downtown Pasadena.
Now, you may think that since I did a big build up for the show in Santa Monica but sold almost nothing that I would just cruise into the prep for this one.
And if you think that, then…..
You must be new here!
Welcome to Cheltenham Road – thanks for dropping by.
Nope, I went into full Captain Crazy Pants mode and made a bunch of new stuff!
I had a brainstorm for a new set of Wine Charms – The Femme Fatales of pulp fiction books
And, of course, there is one for the Designated Driver
I also thought it would be good to work up some Local Love coasters, for the Pasadena Crowd
And a Pasadena themed Subway Art Sign
I continued to work on those terra cotta coasters and found some new designs using oil can graphics and, of course, dairy labels (more on those in a second).
And then I geeked out on booth set up – you can skip this part if it isn’t your thing.
I have to confess I’m a bit embarrassed that I keep doing this. I mean, of course, you have to make adjustments as you go but at this point I really should have maybe two standard booth layouts that I just trot out. But I keep getting new ideas – or refining old ideas and I just can’t keep from tinkering.
This time I wanted to play with an arrangement of tables that would give maximum surface space but take up minimum room.
I worked on a dummy version in the driveway
The different table heights let me fit a bit more product on there but keep the footprint small.
I was pretty happy with the real thing yesterday (sorry – this is A: not quite totally done and B: a phone photo – but you get the idea).
And it seemed to work well (I even remembered my banner! which I had made about two years ago but have forgotten to bring pretty much every time).
I mean, it’s a bit busy -one day my booth is going to trigger a seizure in some poor, unsuspecting customer- but it’s closer to what I want.
Also, due to technical difficulties I had to re-order how I usually set up the coaster and HOME sign boards but I like it a lot. It’s usually the two coaster boards next to each other and then the HOME Board. The coasters always catch people’s eyes but this set up makes them see the HOME signs too and pulls them into the booth a bit more.
As you can see in this pic I had the ceramic coasters up front and A LOT of people exclaimed “ash trays!” which had never crossed my mind. Talk about retro! Of course, I could probably totally corner that market since I don’t think anyone makes ashtrays anymore…….
So, I’m happy to report that the first day of Jackalope was great. Weather was perfect, crowds were good and I’m looking forward to going back this morning for Day 2!
After that I will take a long – long nap on Monday and then pull everything out of the garage because….something has died in there. Unfortunately that’s not a euphemism for my disorganization. Some small critter has actually expired and I can’t find it. It’s either in a wall or underneath and behind some pile of boxes. Ugh!
I’ll share pictures when I find it!!!!! (just kidding)
Ah the fun of living out in the country in the heart of a city.