Wow! This entire month, between the shop, the 9-to-5 and just life, it has been a complete whirlwind! I keep trying to stop and catch my breath but it just never seems to happen! Last month I participated in the Deland Indie Market and it was my first big market and I adored it! Aside from it being as hot as the surface of the sun out there (big shock) it was such a good time! I met lots of super nice fellow vendors and got a taste of what the market circuit is like. Most importantly, I got a huge taste of what it's like to haul ALLLLL of my vintage and supplies around and the whole set-up process. It was no small feat, lemme tell ya. But with the help and support of my lovely (and oh so patient) friends and fam, I pulled it all together and met some super sweet vintage admirers and even made a few sales (which was just icing on the cake)!
My 9-to-5 job has been NONSTOP since the week after the Deland show. I had to immediately fly out to Grand Rapids, MI for a super short notice meeting with a buyer. I was largely prepared, despite the short notice, but these meetings are still fairly new to me and I am always so nervous when one sneaks up on me. I did get to meet some work contacts up there for the meeting and my sweet MI friend Vanessa took me out and showed me the town and we had a total blast! The buildings were so old and interesting and it probably goes without saying that Michigan is absolutely nothing like Florida, so I am always super stoked to see new places and how other people live. We went to a few divey, hole-in-the-wall bars (just my speed!), went to a hilarious karaoke bar and then ended the evening with some tasty veggie dogs. Not. Too. Shabby.
After the meeting in Michigan work just started to stockpile and faaaast. New accounts, and high maintenance accounts no less, started piling up and before I knew it, it was time for Virginia Drive Live which happened this past weekend! I was so pleased to notice that this time all of the pre-show preparation was a mere fraction of the previous shows so I felt pretty good going into it, despite the whirlwind couple of weeks. Even the transport and set up was a total breeze compared to the Deland show (thanks to my brilliant parents and their assistance). I had lots of friends stroll though and visit which was a lovely surprise and also met a ton of super sweet people from the neighborhood who were all too happy to swing by and talk shop with me, which is always a pleasant escape from the daily grind. Thanks to anyone who may be reading who stopped by and showed their support, it was seriously such a fun night!
Hope everyone has a great week!