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Weekend Update

Holiday Faire went very well for me - apparently, necklaces are popular. I didn't sell many bracelets (one, I think), and Bob suggested repurposing them as necklaces. Sounds like a good idea to me.

It was lovely to see everyone, and the Vortex of Evil block was the most awesome fun, especially since we had room in the middle to keep our stuff safe and stage things without worrying about the general public.

I need another table; because I set up my booth to draw people in, if I leave even the slightest gap at the back, people assume it's a throughway, and they charge through, often jeopardizing my stuff.

(The 12th Night I vended at the same thing happened, except that there, some girl actually climbed over the tubs I had put in the back to stop people, and gave me a dirty look for blocking her way.)

Otherwise, though, it went well. However, there were fewer people shopping this year, so I have a heartfelt plea to all my readers: If you are thinking of Christmas presents this year, please support small businesses, and consider buying your presents from thatpotteryguy and The Spanish Peacock. And others, such as Reconstructing History, who got my nightcap patterns on Saturday, and will be selling them posthaste. There are currently three nightcap designs, but I have plans for more.

In fact, if you can, buy all your presents from small businesses. Thank you.

On Sunday, I completely forgot about my plan to reclaim my studio by loading up massive amounts of stuff for the thrift store, and we went to the local antique mall instead. I picked up yet more 1950's ephemera, this time in the form of two baby magazines, one with awesome ads, which I will be scanning and giving the James Lileks treatment.  I also got an amazing 1960s sheath dress with some really fantastic detailing at the neck that looks like flower petals for $28, and Bob's sharp eyes caught a really cool WWII "mother" brooch.  

Photos will be forthcoming, especially of the dress and the brooch.

I actually went because I was looking for stuff for my steampunk outfit for Costume Con, and I found a really great pattern that will work for part of it.  The pattern will be worth a picture too, I think - I believe it's from the very late 1960s, but I'll have to examine it closer.  It may be 1970s.  Either way, it's awesome.

I really need, now that I have a digital camera, to photograph most of my vintage wardrobe - partly for the record, but partly because I want to share my joy in the best pieces.  Mind you, my trend in collecting vintage clothing has a certain sense of humour, so not all the pieces are exactly tasteful.  But they're all beautiful to me.

But I must get back to work.  Au revoir, mes amies.


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Nov. 24th, 2008 01:32 pm (UTC)
It was great having you there! You can join us anytime...

The pouches and lacing cords did quite well, as did the rosettes.

I understand about the people-using-the-booth-as-a-passthrough issue. It happens every year, and it makes me crazy. Short of actually telling people "This is not a public thoroughfare, please do not walk through here", there doesn't seem to be an effective solution. Perhaps IV injections of good manners and socail graces might be the way to go.

Thanks again, and I look forward to doing it again next year. Soon, it's off to Boar's Head, and I expect that I'll need more purses and lacing cords by Birka.
Nov. 24th, 2008 01:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks for letting us hang out with you! (and for giving the kids a spot to nap) It was actually pretty funny, I bought from 3 different vendors, knitted pouches from thatpotteryguy, a night cap pattern from kassrants, and a necklace from you, wait.......
Nov. 24th, 2008 02:00 pm (UTC)
I still think that a velvet rope and a large gentleman with a shaved head and neck tattoos would solve some of the issues with people using the booth as a thoroughfare.
Nov. 24th, 2008 02:11 pm (UTC)
Bouncer: You can't go through here

Person: Do you know who I am?

Bouncer: Don't know, don't care, you can't go through here

Person: but I'm

Bouncer: Buddy, I don't care if you are Odin himself with the full host of Valhalla marching off to Ragnarok, you AINT going through here. Move along...
Nov. 24th, 2008 02:12 pm (UTC)
Trip 'em as they go through. ;-)

I know that people will insist on being idiots, no matter how convenient it is to do otherwise, but maybe the people laying out the event need to think about more aisles.
Nov. 24th, 2008 06:19 pm (UTC)
I've mentioned this to the merchant coordinator (who is in charge of the hall layout). In the past they have had a cross aisle, but the last two years they have not. Its frustrating sometimes when you want to get across the building and have to make the long circuit around. Its been a juggling act between having cross aisles and having merchant spaces enough.
Nov. 24th, 2008 06:24 pm (UTC)
I totally understand. I just need to make my booth less attractive as a street! :)
Nov. 24th, 2008 06:53 pm (UTC)
You need to look mean and stand sentinel with a metal yardstick. Worked for me! ;)
Nov. 24th, 2008 03:58 pm (UTC)
Glad it went well. I'll be monitoring Kass' site for the new patterns :).
Nov. 24th, 2008 04:17 pm (UTC)
Hey Laura, my dear, wonderful hero... [this may or may not be strange]
Might you be willing to do a phone consult at some point? I have some people who are constantly challenging me to increase my skill level, and I have a few odds and end questions about materials/technique/etc that you are experienced with. I imagine it's a bit odd, but I thought it might be helpful if you'd be willing. Just a thought.

*bows down to worship your awesomeness*
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Nov. 24th, 2008 04:51 pm (UTC)
Totally. :)
Nov. 24th, 2008 04:50 pm (UTC)
Um, yeah, sure. :) I don't get that kind of request very often. E-mail me, and we'll set up a time that's good for both of us. Probably not this week, though.
Nov. 24th, 2008 05:02 pm (UTC)
I'm not surprised that the bracelets weren't as popular- from what I've seen through my mundane beading club, it's more likely that people will want necklaces (and/or earrings) than bracelets. At least you can rework them into something new.

As for purchasing from small businesses, I certainly am following that in some ways- Reconstructing History has a separate section on my Christmas list. ;) (that and I'm likely going to visit a local historic merchants fair in a few weeks, barring any bad weather) Holiday Faire sounds like it would have been really neat to go to, sigh.
Nov. 24th, 2008 06:56 pm (UTC)
Holiday Faire is definitely worth it. If you ever feel like making the trip down in November (of course, I think there was a huge storm between where you are and Virginia last weekend).

thatpotterguy, spanishpeacock and I will be at Birka in late January, though. That's in Manchester, New Hampshire. I forget precisely where you are, but it might be closer.
Nov. 24th, 2008 09:44 pm (UTC)
Yep, there was some nasty weather which I got to drive through so I could get to London, Ontario for an event my old SCA group was running (very low attendance but those of us who did make it had a blast). It was weird though- Toronto (where I am) had nothing, and anything south of London was perfectly fine; I really hate the wierd 'lake effect' and what it does with the weather.
Nov. 24th, 2008 05:42 pm (UTC)
I love patronizing small businesses, but it's harder now that I don't drive. Yay for websites! That helps a lot.
Nov. 24th, 2008 06:48 pm (UTC)
Speaking of websites, I keep trying to get to thatpotteryguy's website, but it seems to not exist. The link on his blog leads to one of those "would you like to buy this domain name?" websites. No, I would not like to buy that domain name -- I would like to buy some POTTERY!

Potteryguy, where do I go to see the cool Pottery??
Nov. 26th, 2008 07:41 pm (UTC)
email: living.history.rob@gmail.com
Rob/Eadric can send you some pics or you can just discuss what you want and when you need it.
he'll respond quite quickly--we WANT you to have some pottery :)

--Mrs. thatpotteryguy
Nov. 26th, 2008 02:12 am (UTC)
and it was good to see you, although i was doing teh scattered merchant brain and didnt say much....

note: and dont forget to buy those supplies you need to make stuff from small businesses.. like beads, yarn, etc.....
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