When putting on a show as large as ours, there is always a learning curve. Some of the things that happened behind the scenes are never seen by the public or the vendors. I wanted to take a moment to touch on those, and to also thank all the POSTIVE vendors that helped make our lives, and show easier on this crazy ride.
What quite a few people didn’t know is that we had 10+ vendors have family emergencies between Thursday before the show and Tuesday when we checked vendors in. We are very sorry for their misfortune, and hope they can show with us at another time.
Every one of our staff was brand new, and has never been apart of the show before. We can not even begin to express how amazing they were, and the sacrifices they made to help out the show. The majority of them have full time jobs and families just like everyone else. They pulled very long days, to learn brand new protocols, systems, and vendor products.
From photos they helped create “Cornstalks and Pumpkins” in 1 1/2 days. It usually takes 3 days just for Kottage Kupboard setup. They did it in half the time, off of photos.
WE CANNOT REPAY THEM for how amazing they have been. We are truly humbled by their willingness to go the extra mile, work until they were exhausted, and have a smile throughout the process.
We also had the pleasure of leaning on Joel and Deanna Perry when we didn’t know which way to go. They took time out of their busy lives to come and guide us. They did not have to. Debbie and Roger also helped us on setup day, and our first day open. Teaching us tricks of the trade and showing us the way. Unselfishly, they also took time out of their day to come and help us when we needed it most.
This show has so many moving parts that it reminds me of a clock. If one piece is out of alignment, the whole thing does not work very well. We have many ideas and many places we can improve on in our show. But the only way to succeed and be proud of the struggle is to go through the rough patches.
The great vendors that we had at our show taught us a ton as well. Each booth is different and unique in its own way. The best person to tell you that, is the vendor. Each one has their own personality, and passion for what they do. They excel at their craft. We hope to continue a positive relationship with them in the future.
Thank you for the love and support from the customers that came in to support our new business! Hope to see you again soon!