All week, I have been monitoring the weather for today. This week has been so very cold, and today was to dawn with a very high chance of freezing rain or mixed wintry precipitation mix and a high mid afternoon only in the upper 30’s or low 40’s. Yesterday, the forecast improved, though there was still a chance of freezing rain overnight. Today was the second Holiday Market at the Blacksburg Farmers Market and I was prepared to set up my booth, clothed for a very cold, wet day and worrying that the foot traffic would be sparce.
When I awoke this morning, it was overcast, but the temperature was already 42ºf up here on the mountain. I had packed the tables, weights, canopy tent, and my chair last night. This morning, I loaded the huge plastic box of soaps, lotions, and salves, the smaller plastic totes of yarn and knitwear, bags, wraps, and all of the other items needed to set up my stall. When I arrived at the market, it was a bit cooler and raining lightly, but like other markets, everyone chipped in and helped set up tents and tables. I have been fortunate at all 4 Holiday Markets to have Beth and Chuck of Dashing Dogs Pottery as my neighbor and they are so helpful with my tent that I lack the strength to erect alone.
We had periods of light rain offset by sunshine during the 5 hour market, the temperature warming into the 50’s and great foot traffic. Many folks were out looking for their weekly purchases from the market and much shopping for holiday gifts. It was a very successful day for the vendors and we were all grateful for the much improved weather situation.
It is interesting to see how the items sold vary from different markets. Today was knitwear, some yarn, and lots of beard oil and moustache wax. Handcrafted bar soap was also popular today.
This was my last show for the season. I will wait and see what develops for spring and summer.
Daughter and grandkids dropped by after having breakfast and I was able to send them home with some pasta, sausage, and salad to help with this week’s meals.
Now it is time to finish preparation for Christmas at our household. There are still some gifts to wrap and a few very small items to purchase, Christmas dinner to plan and a grocery run.
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