This was my best Bad Girls of the North Show yet. I'm happy to say there were others who had fantastic customers as well, including Vicki, one of the Show organizers! I also had the best booth neighbor, Linda Smith who makes weaved beaded jewelry under the name, Mistress of Chaos. She and I worked together to set up an open style, easy to get in and out of spaces. Customers could flow from our booths without any walls or barriers. She uses incredible vintage props like hat boxes and small vintage suitcases to create various heights to show off her jewelry. Linda had created several romantic vignettes with antique mirrors, fabric and lighting on two large tables that could accompany several customers at once. My large, corner booth enabled me to have an open format with the gridwall flat against the ballroom walls and customers didn't feel boxed in by a traditional booth shape. By the time we were set up there were so many customers surrounding (and purchasing!) Linda's booth I couldn't get a good photo of our space! My booth was a nice, corner space that allowed for the gridwall to be spread out and I was able to set up a couple of tables that held portfolio binders of work. Many people stopped to look through the work and inquire about future commissions. I had a small bowl set out with dark chocolate Hershey Kisses because the bright purple foil catches their eye and gives grateful customers a little sugar boost while shopping! The photo of my booth isn't the best, it was taken in the middle of setting up, but the design worked -I started with 4 FULL, large bicycle boxes of inventory and left last night with only a 1/2 full one! I'm also confident that there will be a few customers who will be calling in the next few days for those remaining pieces. Some customers wanted to purchase work after the Show to surprise a partner or friend.
Setting up Bad Girls of the North Show Friday, the ballroom was transformed in a couple of hours. There were several places to Shop in additional booths outside of the Ballroom as well as another banquet room that featured the work of Christi Jones of Fairweather Prints. I wish I would have had more time to get some better photos of the great booths and talented artists, but honestly as soon as those doors opened to the public Friday at 4pm , it was non-stop sales until closing Saturday night! woo-hoo! Another bonus was set up for Willie and I went smooth and did NOT involve below zero temps. It remained in the 30's and made for load-in and load out a breeze and not a FREEZE.
Thanks to all my loyal customers, fellow artisans and friends, it was a VERY GOOD Show!
Of course we had the traditional post Show dinner at LaCabania and Daddy-O was my designated driver.