Little did I know that one of the Maple Fest's most popular attractions is the pancake breakfast that they have each day. The organizers were thoughtful enough to give each vendor a free breakfast voucher for both Saturday and Sunday. Of course I took advantage of that!
|Free breakfast served with the area's finest|
maple syrup. It was pretty amazing.
|Happy to be here.|
I have a friend that lives in Binghamton, so to save on a hotel room, I just stayed with him. He happens to live with his brother, his brother's wife, their 3 children AND he already had someone from out of town staying with him, so needless to say there was never a dull moment. Oh did I mention the 3 doggies running around the house too? One chocolate lab (Baxter) and 2 pit bulls (Secha and Buster Blue) Mr. Blue is only a few months old. What a cutie pie!! I wanted to sneak him home with me in my backpack!
|Secha with Mr. Blue|
We all went out for an amazing sushi dinner at my friend's favorite restaurant. We talked and laughed for almost 2 hours over a boat full of fish and a complimentary bottle of Sake. Yum!
When we got home, I was tired and full, but despite that, I ended up staying up past midnight gabbing with everyone and enjoying a free Bob Weir webcast.
The next morning I dragged myself out of bed and was out the door by 7:30am. Got my free breakfast before the masses came and opened my booth well before the craft show opened at 9am.
Sunday was a surprisingly quiet day. I would say about 70% less people than the day before. (which means I did about 70% less sales) But it gave me a chance to talk to the other vendors, and look at their wares.
My booth neighbor was Ling Wu from Simply Ling. She makes the these divine table runners. I wish I had gotten a better shot of their intricate detail. Unfortunately she does not have a FB fanpage or a web site yet so you just have to be lucky enough to run into her booth at a craft show.
Ling is a very pleasant lady with a perpetual positive attitude towards life. She also runs her booth, from set-up to tear down by herself, like me. We became fast friends and helped each other throughout the festival in many ways.
Erin Shepard of Gecko Glass is a very spirited woman who comes from a family of artists. She makes a wide range of cool crafts from unique silk screened hankies, to glass jewelry, and these funky bottle wind chimes. They have a very soothing sound. I have been to craft shows in the past where I have been placed near wind chimes and after a few hours they can really get on your nerves. These, I actually looked forward to hearing.
Debbie MacMaster of Sweet Lemonade is a friendly and talented seamstress who makes some absolutely gorgeous children's clothes. Her designs and fabric patterns are so delightful and charming, I wished she had some garments in my size!
In the end I was about 15% under my monetary goal for the show. I think that was due to the booth spot I was assigned to. I was in one of the only areas that did not get a lot of traffic because it was sort of off the main path. Next year I will be requesting a better spot or maybe try the Civic Center instead of the gymnasium. Getting to hang with old friends, make new ones, and almost reach my goal makes this trip a successful one in my eyes.
Next up, Furthur Tour! I have been waiting 6 months to see the boys again. Find me in the parking lot selling my wares for the MA and CT shows. More details to come...
Oh, and my car hit a milestone speedometer mark on this trip, check it out. (66,666) Yikes!
But have no fear, I was not really going down the road feeling bad. (I might have been if I'd run out of gas though)
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