Every time my shop has been set up at a craft event, my space has been 10 X 10 feet, my pop-up tent is 10 X 10 feet when I am outdoors. My application for the first event for me this fall asked for a 10 X 10 foot space against a wall and paid the premium application fee to get it. Night before last a call came in and I was informed that there were no spaces of that size available. My options were an 8 X 8 foot space in the middle of the room or a 4 X 12 foot space in the hall. Not wanting a long skinny spot, nor being in the hall, I opted for the 8 X 8 foot center space and requested that the cost difference be reimbursed to me.
This produced a dilemma for me. My stall is set up with a mannequin that is free standing, 2 tables that are 2′ X 4′ each, and the wooden ladder rack that I made that is two panels each 31″ wide hinged with a piano hinge so it doesn’t open fully. And a space for me to sit on a small stool to spin or knit. This needed to be arranged so that the stall is open and inviting, and not knowing who or how the adjacent stalls will be set up.
Yesterday afternoon, an 8 X 8 foot space was laid out on the kitchen floor and the tables, mannequin, rack, and my stool arranged until it looked appealing. This produced another issue of where to hang the shop sign so that it is visible and not obstructive. It hangs from the tent when outdoors. Since the products are displayed in wooden crates much like old fashioned wooden soda crates, which have some weight to them, the sign will hang from the side of one down the facing end of one table.
The other hanging sign is one that leads with “Why Buy Handmade?” It will hang from the end post of part of the ladder rack. The space is a bit tighter than that to which I am accustomed, but I think it will work. Hopefully, it will be a good event and worth the time put in.
Tomorrow is an opportunity to don my Colonial garb, grab a spinning wheel and help teach and demo to a group of home schooled youth visiting Wilderness Road Regional Museum for a history day.
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