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Surrounded by Scraps

Street Fair in review

Linda Nussbaum

I've now had a week to decompress, take stock (literally) and go through just a few photos since breaking down my booth in St. Johns. Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on how one looks at it, I was too preoccupied during the day to take many photos at the street fair, but I did manage to get some shots of the initial booth set-up:

As the day went on I made some notes about how to better my booth arrangement if ever I do this again, which I am thinking is quite likely. For one, I liked seeing the booths where the artist's chair was not blocked off from the customers by tables. I did feel a bit separated at times. I also noticed that folks were not immediately seeing nor grabbing my business cards. I moved some around throughout the day and of course landed on the obvious answer - put a stack right up at the front of the tables, even if it breaks up the "display".

And signs. I was sorely lacking in signs. I had priced and tagged most of my inventory and had price lists posted in 2 places, but now realize that placards at the display stations is the way to go. Filing that one away for future reference! 

Also I had a generous friend agree to sit with me for the day, help with set-up, watching the booth (and the one next door) so we could take breaks and best of all she helped me break down the booth at the end of the day. Thank goodness we had a gorgeous day to chill and hang out, visit with each other and the passers-by, do a little hand-sewing to pass the time. And we got visits from friends we haven't seen in years! That was probably the best part of the day, honestly.

So yes, all in all a very good experience. I now know what items to bulk up for the next go-round and which to let ride.

And I learned that cute bunnies hopping among mushrooms appeals greatly to adult men in N. Portland! I <3 PDX!