The first Holiday Market is Saturday. Today is sunny, calm, and 70ºf, a perfect day to be outside. I took a walk and because of Saturday’s forecast, drove by the lot where I will be set up. I was hoping that I would be able to slip a strap or polycord under or through the car stop wedge that will be the back of my stall, but they look like they are firmly adhered to the brick pavers. Last year, the market manager said he was trying to get the town to install tie down rings in the pavers, but that has not been done.
The hope for the strap or cord is because Saturday is forecast to be a high of mid 50’s, 20% chance of rain, and 25 mph gusts of wind. I have to erect a 10 X 10 foot popup canopy and I don’t want to spend all 5 hours worrying about it taking flight, taking out my display, or another vendor’s stall. I have a few empty 5 gallon buckets and dozens of rock piles on the farm, so I think I will load up a few buckets with 50 pounds or so each of rocks and tie the canopy down to them. If the wind can take out 3 of those along with the 25 pounds of leg weights, I am in trouble.
Of my last soap making, one of my popular scents did not set up properly. The bars are usable but not pretty, so that batch will be retained for family use. I will have to make another batch of that scent for the December market and see what others sell to determine which other bars to make.
My crates are packed. I spent the afternoon making sure that I have the little clip on chalkboard tags for each scent of soap, each scent of lotion bar, and each salve. I still have 3 skeins of yarn to label and pack, decide whether I want 2 or 3 tables and if I go with 3, then I need to decide what to use for my 3rd table cover. I bought an Indian cotton throw in the fall, cut and hemmed it to make two table covers, but I don’t have a third table cloth that will go with the color or pattern. I’m sure I will figure it out by Saturday morning.
If it is windy as forecast, my A frame stand for hats and mitts will likely blow over. The T shaped one with clips for shawls can be anchored to the table edge with a C clamp. Maybe I should add a base across the back of the A frame so it too can be clamped down.
I will dress in lots of layers that can be peeled off if it warms up during the day. Fortunately a new and favored local coffee shop has opened in one of the fixed stores right at the market, so I can at least keep a cup of hot coffee or tea nearby to warm my hands.
This was last year. The display is changed and simplified now. You will have to wait to see how it sets up this year. If you can’t come in person, stop by the shop https://squareup.com/store/cabin-crafted. You can make your purchases there and I will deliver them to you if you are local or mail them to you if not local.