Other lessons learned

There have been “other lessons learned” over this past weekend as I reflect on our time at the Vintage Bazaar in Eliot ME. Visit their website here.

Connie Fletcher of Seven Gables and I did our first show/market together. I talked a bit about it in my last post about the preparations. Not only is it physically tiring but for an introvert like myself it can be mentally tiring as well. I am proud to say that I rose to the occasion and talked to tons of lovely people- both other vendors and customers. Our vendor neighbors were very helpful to the newbies and helped answer questions and offered advice and kind words. How nice was that?! To our left were two sisters who sell repurposed furniture and signs, to our right was a young woman who sells jewelry made with animal bones (who knew?). She was quite popular.

There was an absolute flurry of trucks, vans, uhauls, trailers and cars parked in the aisles by the set up booths on Friday – even with the stresses of unloading all of the mechanize and setting up tents, everyone couldn’t have been any nicer- “could you please move your truck just a little bit” “oh thanks, that’s great” “am I in your way?” “no, not a problem, I’ll wait” and on and on. Lesson learned there is – people ARE in fact generally nice despite what we see in the news!

Tomato tarts from Chase’s Daily

Our food journey, which is very important to both Connie and myself , started with Connie getting tomato tarts at Chase’s Daily in Belfast ME.http://www.chasesdaily.me We enjoyed those on our trip down. Delicious treat. Thanks Connie! If you haven’t been there yet, well, you should, it’s that good. More about our food adventures as you read on…

We were a bit like Laurel and Hardy while putting up our tent, but got it up and were off and running with the set up. Not bad for first timers- we wished we had taken a video of that! We had a vague idea of how we were going to arrange our items so that went quite smoothly.

After losing the light of the day- we called it quits and headed to Kennebunkport for dinner. I remembered Allison’s restaurant so we drove to Dock Square and found parking. http://www.alissons.com/ We had the freshest haddock sandwiches we have ever eaten- they were fabulous. It is not the Allison’s that I remembered from 20 years ago- it is more of a pub/bar now so it was pretty noisy but people were all having fun and ,like I said ,the food was excellent.

Mittens the cat

My husband’s cousin was kind enough to let us stay at their house in Biddeford Pool for 2 nights so we wouldn’t have to pay for lodging. I was welcomed by their cat who was wondering why “I” was in his room- but decided to let me sleep with him as he rubbed his head on mine. Very sweet. It was late so we went right to bed since we had to be out of the house before 6.

Collage of booth photos

Day one was a glorious day- not exactly the crisp fall day we had hoped for, but it was warm and sunny. Other lessons learned that day were that we needed to educate people about rug hooking and that it is not, in fact, a dying art, but one that is seeing a resurgence today as people continue to revisit heritage crafts. Connie and I helped educate people- everyone was very pleasant and complimentary but still didn’t really grasp why the things needed to be priced as they were. That’s OK, now they know, since several of them sat down as Connie gave them a lesson on how to hook. We talked about the hand dyed wools and linen backing that is involved in each individual rug and why it is important to use quality materials so you will have a lasting heirloom piece. We learned and they also learned- it was all good. A food truck vendor came around offering to bring us lunch so we wouldn’t have to leave our booth- that was awesome- we ordered some lentil hand-pies and water and she brought them right over to us- so yummy! I wish I could remember their name so I could po