My friend, Christie Cone, told me about the show I was in this weekend. I am so grateful. I would have to say it was the perfect first experience. Not that everything was perfect, but that I learned a lot while still having a good time and actually made a little profit.
The wind was outrageous and it was sunny (and in the low 90's) on Saturday but Sunday was calmer wind wise. Because of the wind Saturday, I was really anxious and nervous the whole time. I had two jewelry displays break by the end of the show (one half way so it was still usable, but the other was completely shot). I had them each weighted with water bottles zip tied to the stands so they wouldn't fall over (thank you Anne for the suggestion!) But the paintings stayed hanging the whole time! Set up took me 2.5 hours (with a friend for 2 of them) but I did get to relocate to a less windy spot, so I really shouldn't complain. Tear down took less than 45 min, but there's some organizing to do now that I'm home. It was a lot of work, but I think I'd like to do it again soon.
A big THANK YOU to all my friends who came out and supported me! And thank you to my friends who spent a couple hours hanging out and helping me. I couldn't have done it without you!
(pictures of my booth are on the previous post)