Check in time Saturday morning for our first holiday bazaar was 7:30 which meant an early departure time (6:40) and a really early wake up call which came around 5 a.m. Yawn! Thank God for alarm clocks, for coffee, and for the sunny morning as well! It's no fun loading and unloading in the rain. :)
Last year we were assigned a table directly across from the "Scentsy" lady which was nice (lots of traffic) but also not so nice (as in having to smell all those fragrances all day gave me a terrible headache). Thankfully, I was able to talk my way into a different location this year and was blessed to be placed next to another high-traffic seller whose product was crocheted doggy sweaters. Let me tell you, this woman almost sold out she was so busy. But seriously. Doggy sweaters? And the amount that people were willing to pay! I'm not a dog lover, so I guess I just don't get it... Anyway, this gal was fun to chat with throughout the day, and I was thrilled for her as she's been out of work for quite some time--thank you, Lord!
Here's a photo of our little "Happy in Dole Valley" shop early in the day with my lovely co-proprietor, AnnaLynn:
I know they're tiny in the picture, but please take note of all the earrings hanging on my crocheted jewelry frames. Lovely, lovely earrings loaned to us by my dear, sweet friend Sabina who saved our day. Really. Yes, there is a story here...
When we were setting up I realized I'd forgotten the earrings I had planned to hang on said jewelry frames. Now exactly how was I supposed to sell any without the earrings to demonstrate how they look and how they work? A quick phone call to Dan who made another quick phone call and my problem was solved. Thank you, Sabina!! I owe you big time!
We had a great day visiting with the other vendors as well as our customers and were blessed tremendously by how much we sold. Selling homemade crafts is a lot of work, and I simply couldn't do it without the help of my mini-me. AnnaLynn makes and sells beaded bracelets for little girls, magnets, and our hand-rolled beeswax candles. She's learning to greet and visit with customers and how to share with them the unique details about our eclectic collection. She's learning how to handle money and make change. I think the part she enjoyed the most, though, was keeping track of our sales throughout the day. ;) As for me, spending the day working with my girl? Priceless.
One bazaar down, two more to go. Our Oxford fund is growing!
However many blessings we expect from God, His infinite liberality will always exceed all our wishes and our thoughts. ~John Calvin
Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. ~I Thessalonians 5:16-18
For what are you thankful today?
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