I wouldn't call the craft sale last weekend a home run...but it wasn't a total bust, either. It was really well-organized, considering the high schoolers (and let's be honest, their parents) who put it together did so in less than a month. The room was big, there was a nice mix of vendors, there was food and gift-wrapping and a guy wandering around in a Santa costume...if it suffered from anything, I'd say it was a lack of advertising. Because man alive, did it ever get slow after the first hour or two.
But I did sell a few things, and went home with less stuff than I'd brought. That was really the only goal I had going in, so from that standpoint, it was successful. And hey -- it's not like yarn goes bad, so I can always put away the (fifteen leftover) reindeer hats and try again next year.
(Elizabeth, barely visible behind the giant pile of quilts and towels she & her mom made.)
Plus, it was fun just being there. Particularly when things got super-slow in the afternoon, and the head organizer lady turned into the craft sale equivalent of the Unsinkable Molly Brown. Seriously, she was like something out of a Christopher Guest mockumentary. Her optimism was hilarious, especially when she'd get on the loudspeaker for announcements.
"Hey, laaaaaaaydies! How's it going out there on the sales floor? Cha-CHING, am I right?"Seriously, the raffle and door prize drawings took so long, and went to so many vendors, that it would've been way more efficient to just put all the prizes on a cart and go from table to table, letting the vendors just pick out whatever they wanted.
- at a moment when there were literally, like, two shoppers in the entire room
"Good news -- there's no line for pictures with Santa right now!"
- yeah, no shoppers = no line
Unsinkable: "The raffle winner is...Sue Kapowski! Sue, come on up and get your prize!....*long pause* Sue? Sue, where are you?"
Random vendor: "She was here about four hours ago."
Unsinkable: "Well, too bad for Sue, then, because you must be present to win! Let's draw another name!"
- and she literally had to draw about a dozen more names before she got one that was still there, and of course it was a vendor
But still: it was fun. Thank goodness Elizabeth was there, though, because I would've lost my marbles if I hadn't had anyone to talk to. Or to perform mock liturgical dances with while they had super-schmaltzy Christmas music playing.
(My favorite liturgical dance, plus an homage. You're welcome.)