In yesterday’s post, I showed what the space looked like before it was raided. In this post, I wanted to share some pictures of the action as it happened.
First of all, thanks so much to everyone who came out! I know it was crazy just getting there and parking. For those who aren’t aware, we had about 5″ of rain the Thursday night before the market. That meant all of the grassy fields that are usually used for parking were a muddy mess. Ten acres had to be closed off, because they were too water-logged to use. The lots that were useable were muddy and not big enough for the crowds that came. So, people started parking along the little two lane road that runs through the one-stoplight town of Lucketts, VA. You can imagine what craziness that caused. People were parking right on the side of the road and walking, some over two miles, to the fair. It backed up traffic for 1 1/2 to 3 hours in both directions and finally police had to get involved and started towing cars. Just a mess.
The bright side is that the people who coordinate this event did their very best and it seemed that most people pulled together and made the best out of a tough situation.
My Lucketts experience would not have come off as well as it did without my amazing crew. As we were preparing for the day, it felt like we had too many people, but we were all really busy for several hours.
From left to right – Jeff (my husband), Matt & Courtney (cute couple who volunteered to help), Derek (current youth group member at our church) and Sean (Penn State grad student who’s been following my journey since the idea of me having a blog was dorky and something he made fun of me for. Now he’s wearing my t-shirt!)
Kriste (newly wed, owner of my old Ektorp couch, stylist and baby blogger at Rosemary & Thyme) and Kim, my mom, at the checkout
…and Warren, my dad, at the wrapping station.
My unseen, behind-the-scenes helpers were my in-laws, Jeff’s parents. They watched the boys for us, which was huge! We’ve gotten a babysitter the past couple of years, but since our youngest has diabetes, he needs special care. Our in-laws took care of them and played Tenzi for hours! They were troopers.
All of my Lucketts-workers helped me set up the booth, so we were ready for the early shoppers and vendors who were poking around our booth. We also met briefly to go over everyone’s roles. Once things got crazy, though, it was amazing how everyone just settled in and did whatever needed to be done.
The white bunting in the tent was made for me by Jill of Sew a Fine Seam. It made me happy every time I walked under it.
We gave away about 15 boxes of Frog Tape! They’ve been such amazing supporters of me and my blog and I love their product, so I was more than happy to introduce it to my customers. Plus, it’s become a Lucketts tradition that started three years ago when I just needed to clear out my “lifetime supply” of Frog Tape.
…and I had a Miss Mustard Seed flag that was designed by Bliss & Tell Branding Company and custom made for me by Gettysburg Flag Works. It just added that little something to my space. Just like the white bunting…a reinforcement of my brand.
Once the gates were opened, we were mobbed. It was like the “Oklahoma land rush”, as one reader called it. No wagons, horses or shotguns were involved, though, but it was a frenzy!
Ironstone was the hot item right off the bat. Breida was able to observe the shoppers and she later told me about a husband and wife who split up to canvas the space. The husband picked up a stack of ironstone butter pats and yelled across to the wife, “Do you want butter pats? What about butter pats?!” She yelled back, “YES!!” and he grabbed them. That’s totally the kind of thing I would have Jeff doing for me.
There were some really good men who spent hours in the car, braved traffic, waded through mud, and yelled across a crowd about butter pats to support their wives.
We did have a steady line for a while, but we had three people running the check out, so it was better than last year.
Jeff and Matt, especially, were a huge help with holding items for people who had their arms full.
And Kriste, Courtney and my mom kept the lines moving.
Sean was the official photographer and he did a great job capturing the action…
My dad was so busy wrapping all of the ironstone that Derek had to go help.
Once things settled down a bit, the camera became a source of entertainment and things went downhill from there…
(Can you spot the photobomb in the picture above?) And notice how empty the Eulalie’s Sky cabinet is!
Yes, I’m so proud. But you all know I’m married to a man who makes me laugh.
He did get busted a few times as he was photobombing. Some people were onto him.
In all the silliness, though, Sean captured a really sweet moment…
There’s still even more to share on Lucketts…what I bought, what I brought home, what is still for sale, how day 2 went and more furniture makeovers.
I have a feeling we’ll be talking about Lucketts for a while!