For those who have attended before, I’m in the same place I’ve been for the past four years. If you’re new, I know an overhead view of the event might not help very much, but here it is. My booth is located in the red circle. So, I’m located on the gray gravel at the corner of the pea gravel. If you’re in grass, I’m not there. If you’re in pea gravel, you’re getting close. My tents are white with white bunting and we’ll even be flying a Miss Mustard Seed flag that was custom made for me. If you can’t find it, the best thing to do is to ask at the entrance and most of the folks working will know where I am.
The fair is happening rain or shine and I will be at my booth all three days.
The event is this weekend, May 15-17, 2015. Friday is a ticketed event and the tickets are sold out. If you have a ticket, the event is open from 10:00am – 5:00pm. Saturday and Sunday are open to at-the-gate admissions from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (Saturday) and 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (Sunday). Usually Saturday morning is our crazy-busy day, but since we have the Friday sale and Saturday is opened two hours early, I’m not sure what to expect! I do know that if you just want to browse and hang out in a more leisurely way, come Saturday afternoon or Sunday. I’ll also put a lot of things on sale on Sunday, so if you’re looking for bargains, that’s the day to show up!
I thought I had a lot last year, but we blew it away this year. We filled a 20 foot truck, plus a van, plus another car and we still have one more van load to take over. It’s maybe too much, but I hope you all prove me wrong! We didn’t get fully set up today, but we got most of it done and Kriste and I ran around and snapped some pictures, so you could see how it looks and everything we have…
We have – over 500 pieces of ironstone (plates, bowls, platters, compotes, tureens, casseroles, pitchers, sugar jars, coffee pots, tea pots, mugs, lids, etc.), over 30 large pieces of furniture, 14 upholstered French chairs, benches, stools, farm-style wood chairs, 10 hand painted signs, alarm clocks, typewriters, cameras, scales, wooden totes, dozens of bread boards, antique European hemp sheets (the ones I use for upholstery), preserved boxwood wreaths, preserved mini-basil wreaths, dried lavender bunches and lots of fun, unique finds. We will also be selling the full line of Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint products (all 24 colors in quarts and sample sizes, hemp oil, all the waxes, Tough Coat, brushes, aprons), milk paint and MMS t-shirts (now in blue), my first book, Inspired You, and the MMSMP Look Book One.
There is a lot packed into our space, so if you’re having trouble finding something specific, just ask.
If you want to buy something in my space, but it’s too big or awkward to carry to the checkout counter, just pull the tag and take that to the checkout when you’re ready. (If you pull a tag and change your mind, please let us know, so we can tie one back on.) We’ll put a sold tag on it for you and hold it until you’re ready to take it home. We’ll also bag and label pieces that are too bulky to carry around with you as you continue shopping. My dad is the “packer & holder” and he’ll take good care of you. Regular shoppers at my booth are very familiar with him and he has a great memory, so he probably remembers you, too!
We have several people lined up to help this year and we’ll all be wearing MMS or MMSMP t-shirts and vendor tags, so grab someone if you need help with anything. That’s why we’re there.
For payment, I accept cash, checks (as long as you have a valid ID) and credit/debit cards via PayPal Here. Cash is obviously easiest and best, but I know how cash can get away from you at a place like Lucketts.
We have quite a lot of help this year… My mom (Kim) and Kriste will be the main ones running the checkout counter.
Courtney is coming to help again with checking people out who are making quick cash purchases.
Jeff, Sean, Jonathan and Mike will be helping hands to hold purchases, move furniture, whatever you need. My dad (Warren) will be running the wrapping station again and will have one of the guys helping him when it’s really busy (with all of the ironstone!) He loves shrink-wrap and is very thorough, so you might need some scissors or a pocketknife to get into things when you get home! This year, I got some really nice totes with reinforced bottoms and rope handles for people who are buying the heavier pieces of ironstone. If you plan to buy a lot of ironstone, I would suggest bringing some totes and/or boxes, too.
David, Kriste’s husband, is going to be helping out some of the time and capturing everything on video the rest of the time. We are setting up a GoPro camera to try to capture the flurry of activity and he’ll take some hand-held footage as well.
And, of course, I’ll be there. I’ll be helping, fluffing, meeting, greeting and generally enjoying the culmination of all of my hard work.
I’m going to get some rest tomorrow (maybe even take a nap) and get a few final things done. I want to have lots of energy when I get back to my booth to fine-tune everything before the market officially opens. I’ll post updates Friday and Saturday nights to show you what’s left in the space and give a quick recap of the events.
I look forward to meeting some of you this weekend!