We set up the show Friday from 4:00 - 7:00 pm. The men who volunteered to arrange the tables and have them ready by the time the vendors arrived did a fantastic job. Meanwhile I arranged and decorated the cafe area; pansies in terracotta pots graced each table.
I woke up Saturday morning to this.
Snow? Really? Maybe instead of Spring Fling I should have called it a Late Winter Festival.
Rain, snow, sleet, or hail the show must go on!
I set up my displays in a U shape. My collages in the center, rugs on the right.
On the left side I displayed potted geraniums I started last fall from cuttings. Soon they'll be filled with red blooms. I made the fabric scrap banners to dress up my tables.
The price tags were diy made by gluing scrapbook paper over brown cardstock. I did notice, though, that most people don't use price tags, but rather signs that give prices by category. (I wonder what those of you who regularly show at craft fairs do about pricing.)
Counting myself we had 20 vendors at the show. I managed to snap some photos before the doors opened to the public.
Peggy G. makes wonderful crocheted dolls, crib blankets, baby sweaters and hats, and other items.
Jeanette makes lovely goat's milk soaps and lotions.
Art by Gene Hayes. Now in his 90's Gene -- who lost his arm in a logging accident when he was a young man -- has been painting for decades, and shows no signs of slowing down. His art is a fixture in the county.
In addition to showing his own art, my husband Dennis enjoyed catching up with his good friend Gene.
And he had a good sales day, too.
A little story about my husband. I don't know anyone who's more generous with their art than he is. He probably gives away as many pieces as he sells, often to total strangers, especially children. If a child shows interest in art, Dennis encourages that by giving them a painting. That's how it was on Saturday, too. One little girl, Jordan, wrote this thank you not to him.
We were so taken by her (she's the daughter of one of the vendors) and her sweet thank you note. We will treasure it forever.
Raenita (on the right) is a designer of kids' clothes, and accessories for all ages.
Her "That's so Addie" business is a big deal here. And you can see why.
When Princess Charlotte was born Raenita was one of a number of independent American designers asked to create a dress for the baby. That makes her a celebrity in my book!
Crystal is an artist with loads of talent.
Kathy is an accomplished seamstress and pine needle basket weaver.
Barbara is an incredible wood crafter and decorative painting artist, and jewelry maker.
Debbie is a fabulous photographer.
Karen makes super cute purses, diaper totes, and cosmetic bags.
Robyn creates fabulous cards and other fun things.
Marva makes sweet aprons, pillows, heating pads (I used one of her heating pads on my neck last night and it felt so good), potholders, dolls and some pretty mean baked goods.
Cheryl weaves pretty rugs, makes bags and scrubbies.
This is Judy's table. She a great quilter, and makes crocheted rugs too. Unfortunately, she wasn't present when the photo was taken.
Small, home-based business were represented at the bazaar, too.
Becca represents Scentsy, and Leon is a college student selling Vasayo Microlife Nutritional Supplements (he was good enough to come literally at the last minute when we had a cancelled table due to illness.)
Peggy is an Avon representative.
Michelle represents Buskins Leggings.
Ken has his own patented bungee cord holder business.
Our little cafe was very busy from 11:00 - 1:30. Volunteers made four kinds of soup: chicken noodle, vegetable beef, broccoli cheddar, and ham & bean. Donated homemade pies included cherry, apple, key lime, chocolate cream and coconut cream.
John Raines and his friends entertained us with country bluegrass music from 11:00- 1:00. They played for food (translation: they donated their time and talent, we rewarded them with free soup and pie.)
Everyone seemed to have a good time. Vendors generously donated items for door prizes, and believe me the prizes were amazing. Throughout the day we drew names and I announced winners. The last hour we drew only vendor names for door prizes that included the lunch table pansy centerpieces.
Several vendors were very sweet to invite me to choose a gift for myself from their stash. (Can you see a theme here?)
I sold some of my collages. These pieces were two of my latest creations.
I sold a geranium, gave one as a door prize, and received two orders for custom rugs. The custom orders were very gratifying for me, as this has been my goal from the beginning in making rugs to sell. I love the thought of creating something specific for a customer's home.
At the end of the day we raised almost $400 for the Senior Center. The kitchen needs a new commercial water heater, so this money will go toward that purchase.
It's very hard to measure the success of an event like this, but judging by the positive comments I received from patrons, as well as the vendors themselves, and the fact that they're already asking if we can do it again next year, I'm satisfied that the 2017 Wallowa Spring Fling Bazaar was a success.
For me, personally, it was worth all my effort to see all these incredible women and men come together in one place and show the community what kind of talent and creativity we have here.