When I arrived at Lucketts this morning, all of the 20′ truck had been unloaded and the smaller truck was half empty. As I surveyed the tent and the jumble of furniture that was placed generally according to my map, I realized space planning on this scale is not my forte.
20′ x 40′ sounded huge to me. Well, it is, but it shrinks when you try to fit the contents of a tightly packed 20′ truck and somewhat full 17′ truck inside.
I stood with my hands on my hips, not sure even where to start. I had a group of strong young guys and willing women, all waiting for my direction, and I froze. Everyone was so understanding and I think they recognized that I was trying to fit 10 lbs of flour in a 5 lb sack. They patiently waited as I thought through all of my options, the decisions that needed to be made, all of the ramifications of those decisions.
Do I set everything up as it will be on Friday? But what if it rains? If we don’t set it all up, I can’t take pictures of it all set up. Maybe we can set it up and then move it all into the tent? But the guys have to leave and could the girls handle all of that on our own?
I spent probably 10 minutes muddling through these decisions.
I finally decided that I needed to protect the stuff more than I needed pretty pictures. So, we put the painted and upholstered pieces that will be outside on Friday, in the center of the tent and worked everything else around that.
It does mean an earlier morning for Friday and I’ll have to be very focused and a good director of my helpers in order to make it come together, but it’s worth it to have peace of mind about the pieces I worked so hard on.
So, we focused on unpacking all of the smalls and getting things in place where we could inside of the tent.
Things felt like a mess for a long time, but finally started coming together in the late afternoon. There is a lot to do Friday morning to get everything just the way I envision, but I think we left it at a place where it’s doable.
My camera card ran out pretty quickly, but here is a video of us working on putting the space together…
You can see there is lots of walking around, trying to assess. I finally got into a groove when I gave myself a pep talk. “This space will come together one item at a time. One at a time, Marian.”
My worker-bee women were fantastic. I would be scurrying around, flitting from one thing to the next, and then come back to an area and see progress.
We have a few “areas” in the tent…a bedroom, a kitchen, a living room, a garden/potting space. That really helped with me assigning tasks. “Put all of the kitchen stuff over there, all of the garden stuff over here…”
We also tried to style pieces the way readers have seen them photographed on the blog, so that there is some familiarity with the space.
Kriste knows me so well. At one point, she warned the ladies to not get too attached to where they put something, because there is a good chance I will move it. It is funny how something as small as an angle a piece is placed at or the order of ironstone on a shelf makes it look more like “me”.
So, I told them to let me know if they were particularly proud of a vignette and I would try to restrain myself!
The ladies mostly put like things together, so I could easily see what we had and would place them were I wanted. It made my job that much easier.
My mom and one of my sweet readers, Susan, and Katie, worked on arranging the MMSMP products. They did an incredible job!
These reproduction shoe carts are fantastic for display! I knew they were great pieces, but now that I see them filled, I’m totally sold.
One of the highlights of the day was hanging the murals. I stepped back after hanging them and let out a squeal. They are even better than I had hoped.
Looking at these pictures has me itching to get the space finished and photographed! It just killed me to leave without that satisfaction. It’s like waiting for Christmas!
Tomorrow will be pretty low key, but there are errands, packing, lists, final pricing, and some planting. I have been collecting topiaries and pretty plants for weeks and I can’t wait to see how they bring life to the booth. They all need proper pots, though. Neon green and purple plastic just won’t do.
And do you remember the little cast iron winged pig I got a few months ago? Well, one of my friends and retailers was able to collect more for me, along with some bunnies…
…and a couple of sheep banks.
I’ll be pricing them tomorrow to bring to the sale.
Tomorrow’s post will be my annual guide on shopping my space, so keep an eye out for that!