My seventh day of rest didn’t begin until 7pm yesterday after returning home from ‘A Day in the Country’, but technically it was still the seventh day, right? I came home, grabbed my new best friend…the heating pad and immediately passed out, my head didn’t even have a chance to hit the beloved feather pillow, nor did I brush my teeth or wash my face, (sorry mom) I fell asleep in a chair! To say this show kicked my old ass is an understatement! Sure. It was a lot of fun and we got to chat with both old and new friends….but none-the-less….it kicked my ass. Lots of loading, unloading and reloading goods and we still haven’t even unloaded the truck, trailer and two SUV’s at the shop yet. (Anyone in the mood for a parking lot clearance sale???)
What a great show and I’m sure you’re all wondering if we’ll be doing it again next year? Most certainly. I have a feeling this is like when I had my second, third and fourth babies; you forget how bad the pain is until you’re in the midst of it and it’s way too late to turn back. Like having babies, a few hours of pain gives you an awful lot of pure joy.
“And on the eighth day there was JOY.” Okay, okay, I know there’s no ‘eighth day’ but it just sounded right. Now for the correct version: it’s Monday and after sleeping in a chair without waking for 13 hours, I am joyful with the outcome of our crazy busy weekend. Thank you to our customers that couldn’t find us tucked into the back of the tent; we’re so appreciative that after reading my Saturday post you came back on Sunday and found us. We love you guys……truly. Now about that parking lot clearance sale…..
I received a call at 7:15 this morning from our buddy and tent-mate John from Re-Nu (truly amazing industrial goods located in Ravenna) asking me which I wanted first; the bad news or the good news? Bad news? Geez Louise it’s only 7:15 in the morning and I had only had 3 hours sleep…how could there be bad news already? I decided to go with the bad news first to get it over with….after all, if it was bad enough I would just crawl back into bed and pull my down comforter over my head. Bad news was that we had this ridiculously heavy sweet blue cabinet with glass doors on display in our tent; seems that during the night Mother Nature (I’m getting a bit sick of that bitch woman screwing with our weather) decided to rearrange things for us. She totally blew the cabinet over and all the beautiful purses spilled out, the lamp that was displayed on top broke along with a few other items of loveliness. Now for the good news….the glass doors didn’t even so much as crack! I was on the phone with John as he stood the ridiculously heavy cabinet back up and he said, “you’re never gonna believe this, the freakin glass doors didn’t even break!” Unbelievable….guess the day wasn’t going to be too bad after all.
So now I’m off the phone and reality has set in. It’s dark and rainy out with crazy gusts of wind…I truly did want to get back under that down comforter! I headed for a hot shower and decided to be a big girl, do the right thing and head to Randolph Fairgrounds for a day of freezing fun. Have I mentioned the weather was shitty uncooperative? I began by rearranging Mother Nature’s displays, turns out I’m a better visual merchandiser than she is….but don’t tell her that, we still have to spend tomorrow in that tent! At 9:00 the “Early Birds” stormed the gates and it was downhill from there. We had such a nice day, it was truly incredible…..sure validates the fact that nothing keeps women from shopping; but we knew that already, right? We met so many interesting people and had so many laughs throughout the day AND we even had a visit from our favorite (and only) celebrity friend Mary Beth Breckenridge from the Beacon Journal………turns out she found out about “A Day in the Country” by reading about it on our blog. We are so enamored with the fact that she follows our blog, maybe one day I’ll be a guest writer for the Beacon….but then again, maybe not, I may be too witty for them, plus I have been known to use bad words. (See above)
So in closing, my day that started out so badly, turned out to be totally fantastic. Great sales all day, and met fun people who are going to come to the shop and hang out and I’m actually looking forward to heading back to that tent tomorrow. The tent that I so dreaded being set up in, turned out to be the best place to be; we’re tucked in along the back wall and it’s like a cozy little shop. Cozy, yep, our cozy little corner of loveliness. One of our new customers actually said, “this tent is the most fun place at the show, I’m most definitely going to check out your shop, I bet it’s amazing!” That being said………..if you didn’t venture out to the show today, you really should check it out tomorrow, (10:00 – 3:00) the weather will be nicer and you may find some great deals. I know I for one want to be reloading unsold furniture….make us an offer….please don’t make us re-load that ridiculously heavy sweet blue cabinet again. I think I hear her calling your name….”hey you over there, yes you, the good-looking one, please take me home with you”. Do it or I’ll sick that bitch Mother Nature on you and she’ll turn your world upside down!
We are hoping for clear blue skies this weekend! If it’s looking like rain, wear your cute boots and bring your umbrella because it will still be a beautiful day! The handmade & vintage vendors will be inside as well as outside under tents. The dining hall will be open also so you can sit down regardless of the weather to enjoy some tasty treats! We can’t wait to share this weekend with you!
We’re heading to “A Day in the Country” at Randolph Fairgrounds to set up our little shop away from home this weekend. (Sat 10-5 and Sun 10-3) We’re getting pretty excited and have the Angels on our side….thanks to Austin, my first-born son knowing how to skillfully use a plasma cutter and for donating his many hours to us….so appreciate it and so in love. Just wait until you see these beauties up close and personal! I happened upon some old galvanized tin panels in our yard (don’t tell Gary, he’ll never notice they’re missing) and I loaded them up and took them to Austin along with my Akron Beacon Journal patterns I had sketched out. I think he thought I was crazy, but he’s sure proud in the end! He made me angel wings, Christmas trees and even some hearts. He decided to add some broken lines to the hearts…I thought they were meant to be broken hearts but he said “nope”, they’re his ‘healing hearts’. How sweet is that? Thank you from the bottom of my “healing heart” Austin for making my vision a reality; they truly turned out better than I had ever expected. And to you fabulous followers? You better come to our booth first, there are a very limited number of these sweeties.
For the record we are embracing Fall not Winter~ come inside & warm up with leg w armers, headbands & slouchy hats. These adorable pieces give us style as the cold slowly creeps in. Stop by & pick up … Continue reading →
We will be opening at noon Thursday due to the fact that I have a second interview and I’ll not certain how long it will last. Odds are quite good he’s gonna want to hire me on the spot since I’m so extremely talented and desirable. And fancy. Sorry….dude, I’ll most likely have to hold out for more money no matter how much the job pays.