Fall TACA Fair 2011

As you know if you keep up with my blog, I recently got off the waiting list for the fall TACA fair and into a booth. Well lemme tell ya, this has been one crazy ride. I spent a whirlwind three weeks weaving scarf after scarf and knitting hat after hat. AND felting soap after soap.

The fall fair was this past weekend and the weather was GLORIOUS! Set up was Thursday morning and everything went really smoothly. (Other than some minor problems with my stupidity in staking my tent’s legs wider than 10×10 and causing a zipper pull to pop off. I fixed it so it’s all good) I changed around my booth design a bit from spring and was able to give myself a place to sit that was out of the way of customers browsing my wares. I will likely still change the booth design again, but it’s getting there. 🙂

Friday morning my sister-in-law (Molly) and I got up at 6am to drive to Nashville for the show. We made our coffee and got on the road! It was gray and rainy so when we arrived the booth was wet and we had to do some rearranging so damp items could dry out and such. Fridays are always slower due to the fact that most people are still at work. We had a bit of a “rush” around lunch time as people were on their lunch breaks and stopped by the fair but nothing really spectacular. I actually nearly made my booth fee on Friday so Saturday started in the black.

Friday night we spent at my wonderful friend Emma’s house who was gracious enough to let us stay there even though she wasn’t going to be there that weekend! She was also sweet enough to make dinner for us before she left for Knoxville to do a home show for her and her father’s company.

Saturday morning was, again, early due to the women’s half marathon taking place in downtown Nashville. TACA had sent an email to exhibitors saying that if you wanted to get to the fair without delays, you would have to be there by 7am. (Which meant getting up at 6am to get ready)
Other than the early morning, the day went wonderfully! Busy, sunny, lots of sales, lots of fun!

We drove back to my parents house in Cookeville on Saturday night and stayed over so Molly could get to church in the morning and go home with her folks. Ben came with me on Sunday morning and helped me out in the booth all day. Another lovely, sunny day. I figured I wouldn’t make much in sales since Sunday is usually a slower day too. I don’t think I actually sold anything til about 1 that afternoon and people had been perusing since 9am. It turned out that I actually made MORE sales Sunday than I did on Saturday! We stayed open til the bitter end and then some. I actually sold nearly $100 dollars worth of stuff around 5-5:30 (Show technically closes at 5pm) because I was one of the few booths not shutting down quite yet. 🙂

I borrowed my mom’s credit card machine for this show and lemme tell ya, I’m never going without one again. I did 2/3 of my sales on that thing. I did discover that Bank of America cards are a little glitchy though. If I tried to run them as debits, they would lock the machine up and I’d have to turn it off and turn it back on. It was weird.

Anyway, all in all, it was a WONDERFUL weekend! Molly and I had so much fun. And I was so happy to have Ben with me on Sunday. Can’t wait to do it again in the spring!! I have to build up my inventory though because I’m running out of nearly everything! (YAY!)
~JoAnna

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