What it’s like to be the vendorPosted: September 24, 2014
Ever wonder what it’s like to be a vendor? For starters, we get a lot less sleep than you do leading up to The Vintage Bazaar.
Set up starts on Thursday. That gives us two days to get everything in place. This year we needed every minute because our new canopy was less than easy to assemble. We discovered colorful vocabulary. ‘Nuff said!
Once the truck and all the cars are unloaded we have piles of furniture and plastic totes set out in rows we can walk between. That way we’re not moving things over and over again while we work on an arrangement.
Our set up is complicated because we live 350+ miles apart. We don’t know exactly what we have to work with until we get together. So many decisions! Where will the tables go? Which tablecloths? What furniture goes out front? Which colors look exciting together? We usually have a rough idea of where we’re headed, but mostly we make it all up as we go along.
This time we weren’t completely happy with the way one side of the booth came together, but there’s no time for do-overs. Oh well! We’ve already planned how to do better next time.
All day long we reshuffle the stuff out front. Just a little rearranging can suddenly make a sale. There seems to be a “magic spot” for things. It’s kinda surprising and wonderful to see it happen time after time.
Our views of the booth are different than yours.
“Back stage” can be delightful.
The weather was great all weekend! We had a steady crowd of shoppers and lots of extra family members on hand to help wrap, bag, make change, bring lunch, and carry furniture away.
After all the shoppers and window-shoppers have gone home, we get to work again. Taking everything down goes pretty quickly with all the extra hands. This time we had everything in the truck in two hours.
After we get it all home it’s time to crash. There’s dinner. A hot tub. Tylenol. Lots of “what can we do better next time” discussion. And a truck to unload in the morning.
And Luray even found a new piece of furniture to refurbish on the way home!