I meant to write a post last night, but I just couldn’t. It was taking forever to upload my pictures and I was tired and I knew I had three long days in front of me. I just needed to get to sleep, so I did just that. I have survived day one, though, and I have just enough in me to check in and give you an update.
When I arrived yesterday (Wednesday morning) to set up, the roads were dry and the weather forecast looked promising. The snow totals had been dramatically downgraded from 9-18″ to about 2″ and some rain and ice. But, then it started snowing and the totals were bumped up to 12″ again and it has been a sloppy, snowy, icy, windy couple of days.
We’ve been dry and toasty inside, though, working at the event.
Late Wednesday morning, our space looked like this…
Chris Hardine of Midwest Cottage & Finds had all of her stuff unloaded and we were able to bring my vanload up in two trips (with some skillful packing on hand trucks.) And then we were faced with the task of making it all fit.
Setting up at an indoor show is very different than setting up in an outdoor space, where you can typically spill out a reasonable amount. When you’re inside, there are fire codes to deal with, so you have to stay within your lines. We ended up having to do a lot of stacking and reworking, but we were able to make it all fit!
Chris scored a bunch of very cool antique pieces from Eureka College in Illinois (where Ronald Reagan went to school), like the slant-top desk, the science charts, test tube holders, chemistry bottles, etc. The science charts have been so fun to unroll and look at. They are of insects and tapeworms, invertebrates and sea sponges, etc. What a cool piece of wall art for a science fan.
Anyway, we managed to fit it all in and make our blend of pieces look nice together.
I have to say that it is strange not having a booth full of ironstone! I can find pieces here and there, but I can’t find the kind of quantity I found in PA. Maybe one of these days I’ll pack a booth with ironstone, linen rolls, painted furniture, and dried lavender again.
Chris also brought this clever display made of crates and stools for the MMS Milk Paint and finishes…
It’s a great makeshift way to display a lot of product.
I’ll share more about the actual event, the pieces I bought, the people I met, and show some more pictures from around the event in the days to come. Until then, you can follow my Instagram Stories if you’re interested in updates.
(Sorry for the not-so-great iphone pics today!)