Sunday, February 26, 2012

Ode to empty boxes...oh, how I love thee!!

When we come to market, our car is FULL of boxes!! How many do we have? We have so many boxes, we download a second carload to our friend Debbie, who owns our local needlework shop. Debbie drives to market to SHOP, and we come to SELL (with a little shopping on the side!).

Saturday was our first market day and it was CRAZY busy!  We opened the door (pictured above) a little before 9 and got SLAMMED! Before noon arrived, we were sold out of some of our goodies. Honestly, we were worried about the amount of inventory we brought to market. It's no fun to pack it up and bring it back home.  

Above are the sad little EMPTY boxes in front of our new Less=More Flip it series. You can see the actual models sitting behind them. Of course, we have plenty more leaflets at home ready to assemble ASAP. Thankfully...I assembled 1100 embellishment packs during the 13 hour car ride to Nashville, which will go inside the individual Double Flips. But for the rest of the show, I had to take orders on these.

Same thing on our Inspiration Boxer display - beautiful models, but the inventory was soon MIA!

We gave away a few empty boxes to shopowners who wanted them to get product home, but the rest are coming back home with us in their "flattened" state. They'l spend some time in the attic, and then reappear to make the trip to our next market.

Market will close at 4 today, then the building will erupt into a mad race to see 1) who can tear down their showrooms the fastest and 2) who can snag a coveted gold bellhop cart from the hotel to help get stuff to their vehicles. WHOA - we had better start checking the lobby soon...those carts may already be hoarded by another eager exhibitor!


  1. Congratulations on your success at Market! Have a safe trip home!

    Nicole A. in MA

  2. What a successful market you're having - kudos to you! (But, come on, who wouldn't want all those wonderful designs?!?!?) Get home safely!

  3. That's great! I would be in heaven at a market!

  4. congratulations dear..have a safe trip back home..
    love from south africa xx

  5. Congratulations on your empty boxes! That must be a great feeling and relief for all your hard work thus far!

    Thank you soooo much for all the wonderful "Inspirational Boxers"! I am LOVING these so much as well as your other designs!

    Now I can't wait to get my shop to buy the LATEST GOODIES you've designed up!!!

  6. I am so thrilled that you have sold so many of your wonderful designs! You are truly the best selling designer in my shop. Your talents are endless. Congratulations on a great show!

  7. It's great to hear you had an awesome Market trip. I wasn't surprised, though. You have great designs!