From Thurs. evening thru Saturday, I'm participating in The Fleeting Flea Spring Sale 2013 in Overland Park, KS.
It's a gathering of about 40 vendors in and around a local clubhouse. . .sharing our vintage finds and handmade treasures! By around, I mean . . .under tents.
Being involved in such a sale is a tremendous amount of work and time.
Pictured below with THE STONE RABBIT are a few of the necessary items needed to pull off such an event.
I need a dust pan and broom...in PINK of course...and some swell PINK gloves to protect my dainty hands as I lift and carry and haul many items from my van into the tent where my booth is located.
And here's my little corner of the world for three days in March! It was a bit scary to see at first. . .tent flaps moving all over the place..part of my display space open to the elements.. .a hole in the ceiling of the corner. . .and a horrible weekend of winter weather predicted for the first few days of Spring.
After two trips to the sale site and many a load hauled in. . .the booth took shape just in time for the crowd of eager shoppers!!
OH....and because our temps were miserably cold and it was snowing and sleeting, I had to buy a little propane heater cuz if I hadn't had this little heat source I couldn't have survived the many hours of sitting in a tent, in March, in the snow and cold!! :)
As our promoter said tonight in the "vendor's meeting"...we were in unchartered territory! We were, after all, some 30 degrees colder than the average at this time of year. AND....last year...it was 80 degrees when this sale was held!
My buddy Bonnie braved the elements and brought me extra propane and dinner and spent the entire first evening of the show with me!!
I have to say. . .in all the years I've done sales. . .this has been the most challenging in terms of weather related issues. The next two days are also gonna be doozies with more bad weather predicted. Thankfully, there are lots and lots of customers who don't let a little cruddy weather dampen their desire to get out and SHOP!! :)
I give a big old shout out to my DIL and her buddies who spent several hours at the sale tonight. It does my heart good to see the younger generation recognogize the value and beauty of vintage items. . .and to purchace pieces to add to their homes.... pieces that are unique and thrifty and individual to their own tastes!!
It also warms my heart to have younger folks appreciate handmade items (like I make :) . I had a mom and her three children shop in my booth tonight. They all came to the decision of what they wanted to buy (all my handfashioned Easter items). Later, they returned to buy one more bunny to send to their Grandmother. . .and then she (mom) asked if I would pose with the kiddos for a picture so the Grandmother could see who made the bunny they'd picked out for her. And while huddled with those three sweet peas, I forgot about the hours it had taken me to make the items I had for sale,the expense of actually being involved in a sale (overhead), how exhausted I was after spending two days traveling and setting up and figuring out how to make the best of a really cruddy weather situation. . .because folks appreciating what I do really is what keeps me doing it!!