Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Re-Scrap

We worked really hard on the Operation ReScrap show.  We marketed it as best we knew how, with multiple specialists doing great work.
When we got on site the day before, we took these two huge empty rooms and set up these long, heavy wooden tables -- about 50 of them -- and then went to work setting out consignment craft and home decor items as they were dropped off.
By the end of the day I was so tired, but excited; here I am holding up one of our really cute, custom-printed tote bags which were to be the opening night giveaway.  I'd stuffed them with goodies as one of my tasks that day.
We had a line waiting at the door on opening night, Friday -- shoppers on the hunt for those great crafting bargains!  We had refreshments...
live music...
and lots of vendors set up in the second venue with their vintage and handmade items for sale!
Amy's Pink Attic Cat booth was my favorite...
The crowd opening night was smaller than we'd hoped, and unfortunately that trend continued through the weekend.
 So many great things to see...


...but few to see it.  It was one of those "live and learn" experiences.  I was so disappointed to be sent home on the second day of the event (Saturday) and lose all the hours I'd counted on working.  I hope you all had a better weekend than I did!

6 comments :

peggy said...

Was this your first event? Sounds wonderful to me, not just run of the mill. Maybe you all will try again next year.

Lisa said...

Wish I could have come to that event. Sounds like it was a wonderful idea and I'm sorry you didn't have more people attend. What a bummer...

Beth Leintz said...

Looks like a great shopping experience. I know I've been in the same situation, good merchandise but for some reason or other, people just don't show up the way you expect- the next show will probably be better, somethings just take a little time.

pam said...

Love those Putz houses! Retial can be a lot harder than it seems, my feeling after a few years was that you definately have to have the right combination of marketing, dates, and draw for the perspective buyers. Don't be disappointed, experience from first ventures let you learn what works and what doesn't ,and can go on to much bigger and better new ventures! Great job!

Bunty said...

Looks great Laurie! Would love to have been there. Well done on a great job!

Barbara

Linda Sue said...

Oh i SO would have been there! Things here are slowed to a crawl as well...folks blame the economy but I think it is just general national depression and fear keeping people from shopping.