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well..here is the first of a few posts on the adventure to
|everything is big in texas !|
i took over 600 pictures so it has taken me a while to get through them
naturally this post will be picture heavy,
but i do try to give a bit of commentary too
this was a first time show for country living in austin
the venue was not really the best in my opinion.
i understand that the main 'need' is
airport, hotels, restaurants,
etc for all the staff, vendors and of course
the visitors !
but they are going to have to do some major tweaking for next year.
the first year in a new venue is the hardest,
i would say we all learned from the mistakes and
next year will be a major improvement !
the girls at stellashows who run the show for country living
know their stuff and i promise you
this show will just get better and better
it was very HOT in my opinion
had to be 115 degrees when we were setting up !!!
and the barn that was supposed to have open sides...
sadly did NOT...in the area where the artisans were to set up
it was a totally different feel from the ohio and atlanta shows
that is the beauty of country living shows
each one is so different from the others
in ohio, it is a girly girly show..
but in texas...
( strollers.....just dont work in small booths )
and lots and lots of husbands..
what's up with that girls????
(although they apparently are allowed to serve beer in
venues like this in texas...never here in pa..
and not in atlanta or ohio)
i suppose that pacified the men a bit
there were 3 different sections of goodies at this fair
there was the barn
where these photos are from
then the pickers market
further down the barn
(in the open sided section)
and the arena
which was filled with antiques
the next few posts will be of the other sections
there were a lot of the vendors who do the other
country living shows,
but many new
(mostly local to texas)
so for me there was a lot of different things to see
i saw lots of old friends
and made some new ones
which is always a plus !
i had a couple friends there from home
so we had some fun on the way there
and it was great to hang out together in a different town !
the show was busy most of the time,
(not like ohio...but then NOTHING
is like ohio)
and i acquired a lot of new customers
so from that angle the show
was very good for me.
you have to understand..
our (the vendors) costs
were very high on this one
hotel for DAYS !
gasoline !! ouch
backdrop ...(not usually required in the shows i do)
meals on the road...
on and on..
so we needed to sell a LOT of jewelry to make up my expenses
i went into this one just hoping to break even,
from my point of view,
i got a vaca out of it,
it was advertising to a whole new crowd.
i got to see the show for myself.
and i would do ANYTHING for country living magazine !
so it was a win, win, win...
and i did break even so
i left happy.
oh..i did have a really good time..
(pics to follow of the drive....and stops along the way)
like a said,
i took hundreds of pics,
so as i find the time
(being away for 2 weeks is tough..
oh ..and i have a show next weekend in philly...haha
so i have to get busy making stuff for it !)
i will post
the road trip,
and the pickers market
and of course ...my booth
gees no wonder i took so many pictures !
so here is a sampling of what was in the artist barn
the quality is not great..
it was rather dark in there
(one of the tweaks for next year)
and remember some of my photos were taken during set up..
so you may see a ladder, or a rubber made tub
in some of my shots !
i'll end this post with my favorite thing about texas
wait til you see the pair i bought at the show !!!
thanks for coming along with me...and
check back later for phase 2
of the country living show
in austin texas