Cue THE ENTRANCE OF THE GLADIATORS music!
Step right up ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to my own little Sideshow of the Big Show!
Gazing out from Command Central of the Looney Bin...I am mistress of all I survey...such as it is!
I'm so sorry you missed my performance of Camille while I was setting up...it was Oscar-worthy!
For those of y'all who did catch the matinee...I apologize profusely for my whining!
Something told me (make that Some One) to take more smalls this time than usual. (For the record...my idea of "smalls" is three will fit in a tub...rub-a-dub-dub!) I heeded this advice and while He was right about what would sell, it created a major meltdown for me!
I'm used to working with furniture...not fluff and certainly not this much fluff. Adding to my frustration was all my "flat" surfaces were being sold as soon as they hit the ground. I'm not complaining about selling...just where om earth to put this
crap quality merchandise in the meantime!
At one point, I threatened to spread blue tarps on the dirt and just start chunking it all on the ground!
Clearer heads (Cat Daddy's) prevailed, and with a quick trip to the warehouse (translation: storage unit E-4)...Voila...more flat surfaces and my sanity restored...for a little while!
Before I go any further, let me say sales were good...just not fantastic as in the past. We did sell a ton of smalls (or as someone pointed out to me...mediums), but large pieces weren't moving as well (except those with flat surface...naturally!). I do believe the...ahem...recession has hit Texas. Land of milk and honey? Ummm...not so much! More like milk and cookies!
I also found it curious that people were paying in cash. Usually I bring back a slew of checks, but not this time. Folks were being careful with their money and how they were spending it. Very prudent and perhaps a sign of the times. For us...it just means adjustments are in order as to buying for future shows. I can be prudent too ya know!
In spite of this...I still had the best time at the show for pure enjoyment...once I figured out...or just quit caring...where to put everything.
Mark those bad boys SOLD...Hallelujah! C.D....you're my hero in a Resitol!
The guys who help us unload were doing the victory dance when these sinks left the field (no reloading) and I was doing back flips. OK...maybe not back flips...but certainly the Running Man!
Did I mention Cat Daddy had to go back to Dallas after opening weekend? Yeah, normally this would send me into a tailspin, but happily Robelyn volunteered to stay with me and drive Miss Lazy back and forth to the show. Can you say slumber party...all.week.long?
(I sure hope no one tells her what a bad influence I can be! Come to think of it...maybe she'll be a good one on me. Don't laugh...it could happen!)
Speaking of parties...seems like we were attending one nightly! I'll tell y'all about those later.
(Psst...I stole, I mean borrowed a ton of her photos!)
Will I be back in the fall?
You betcha your ever-lovin' boots I will...with bells and bangles on!
I'll just be sure and pack a lot of folding tables and a boatload of mediums...
and while I'm at it...just for the heckuvit...maybe I'll throw in a baker's dozen of duct tape rolls a la the Red Neck.Chic...ju-ust to be on the safe side!
One of C.D.'s kittens (and I'm not saying which one) had this sign waiting on him when we arrived! I swan...that man's head just keeps getting bigger and bigger. Pretty soon...he's gonna be a melon head too!
Well Cat Daddy...this is another fine mess you've gotten me into!
God bless America...Texas...and Cat Daddy!