If you’ve been following my blog for even the past few weeks, you know that we’ve been getting ready for our biggest event of the year, the Lucketts Spring Market.
I’ve received a lot of questions about the process of packing up all of this stuff, so I thought I’d share a behind-the-scenes post on it.
It really is like moving a household. We started packing up the small stuff a couple of weeks ago. I set up a packing station in the middle of the studio with paper, boxes and shrink wrap.
I arranged furniture and collected breakable things that needed to be wrapped and packed and brought them to the reproduction shoe carts. My mom then wrapped everything in small boxes and some of the market baskets I’ve been buying.
Once the box or basket was packed, I carried it over and added it to the “smalls pile”. This is the stuff that I will take in my van, where it’s less likely to shift and get broken.
All of the furniture was lined up, so it could be out of the way as we worked on last minute things.
We wrapped all of the upholstered pieces in plastic and shrink wrap, so they are protected from getting soiled or dirty.
And we bagged all of the linens, quilts, textiles, pillows, and t-shirts. Again, it keeps them clean as we’re transporting them.
I accidentally bought “white pine” scented garbage bags, so I apologize in advance if your t-shirt or quilt smells like artificial not-quite-white-pine.
Today, I needed to take some time to sit down and figure out how everything could be arranged in the tent. I have a general idea in my head how things will go together, but I won’t be there when the truck is unloaded in the morning.
We’ve learned from previous years that it works for the guys to go down ahead of me, unload the truck, go out for a sloppy breakfast, and then leave me and my girls to unpack the littles and style the space in at an unhurried pace. In order for that to work, I have to draw up a “map” of where to put the furniture.
Here’s a little video about the process…
I just gave you a snippet of the planning, but it was pretty much an hour or so of that. Me looking at the paper, head in my hands, writing down pieces of furniture, numbering them, Kriste climbing over the pile to put a corresponding piece of numbered tape on each piece…
We realized that we have a lot this year and I was starting to think that my estimation of this stuff maybe, hopefully, fitting in a 20′ truck was pretty off. Very off, actually. We ended up getting a second, 17′ truck!
The second one isn’t anywhere near as full, but getting it took all of the stress of trying to figure out how to get everything down to Lucketts off of my shoulders.
I don’t ever recall my dad driving big moving trucks, so I asked if he would be comfortable driving it for me. He laughed and informed me that he used to drive tanks, so he’ll be just fine.
As long as he doesn’t try to go off-roading in the u-haul…
The truck-packing went so smooth this year. I swear that every time we pack for an event, it rains. Every single time. If you’re local and need some rain, just ask us to rent a truck and pack it with furniture and antiques. Guaranteed rain.
Well, despite a gloomy forecast, it just rained in the morning and cleared, so we were able to take our time loading and didn’t have to drape each piece in plastic and towels. It was a little gift that made the process so much easier.
I usually don’t do two videos in one post, but I left the camera running as we loaded the truck, so you could check out our packing skills…
So, tomorrow we’re all driving down to unload and set up the booth. Rain is forecasted again, but hopefully it will clear up, so we can set everything up and get some pretty pictures to share.
Lucketts week is in full swing…