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Saturday, December 12, 2009

A Gut Feeling The Craft Show Was Going To Be A Bust And It Was...But the Reindeer Were Adorable

Made a new batch of Reindeer for Rudolph Days...didn't sell a one. What has the world come to when you can't sell a "Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer" In Rudolph, WI during Rudolph Days????? Not a good sign!!!!!

Ever get that feeling, that a situation is doomed from the start???? Well, Joni and I had that very same experience today. We set up a booth at what is called "Rudolph Days" in Rudolph, Wisconsin, it's about 8 mile from Wisconsin Rapids. We were told that we could set up the night before so we would be ready for business the next day...let the festivities begin...NOT.

So last night, Joni and I arrived with our boxes full of goodies to set up our little store and to our surprise (or should I say shock) we realized that we were assigned to the little yellow garage with a make shift propane heater that almost gassed us to death throughout our whole experience there. The rest of the crafters were at the elementary school and the fire station..yep you got it...we got the overflow spot. ARE YOU SERIOUS!!!!!!! This is when that feeling struck and my brain was screaming....SKIP IT!!!!!!

Our Little Yellow Garage/Dead Zone

To their credit, bless their hearts, they tried to attract some business our way with a sign they set up for us.......well, I would like to say it worked but I would be lying :)

Against our better judgment, we decided that we would take the chance..brave the cold, the gas fumes and the crappy spot and go forward with our plan to set up...we were trying to be good sports and think positive.

I will say that the interior of the garage did go with our theme....PRIMITIVE!!!!

I think all in all we made the best of our spot and our set up turned out cute!!!! Joni brought these two adorable prim chairs for us to sit on..I love them!!!!

Here is a new snowman that I made last week...I love his hat

I made 8 more of these snowman last week for the show. I didn't sell a one today but I am still glad I made them. They are my favorite item I made this year so now I get to keep one for myself.

Our mice and snowmen on a tree display.

Mouse on a vintage clothespin
I got this idea from Justina, at Pepper Creek Gatherings.

At the craft show in Spooner, WI a couple weeks ago, I bought from Justina a cute little bird on a clothespin tree ornament. I loved it so much I decided I would make my own version.....a mouse on a clothespin.

Depending on how you look at this...they either look adorable on the tree or creep you depends on if you hate mice or not. I HATE mice, so I am torn on this subject?????

The show/festivities started at 10am, we were ready for business but just as we had customers. Where were they all, probably at the school where it was warm!!!!! We had a few people walk by our little yellow garage but that was the problem....they kept on walkin!!!!

We finally thought it would be more inviting to people walking by if we opened up the big garage door, so that is what we did. It also helped with the fumes from the propane heater, BOUNS!!!!!

They had a shuttle bus busing people around the town...bring them to the little yellow garage please ;)

Joni and I had finally had enough, so we asked the other poor lady (her name was Mel) that was stuck in the garage with us if she would watch our booth while we took a little break. She agreed so off we went to find some action somewhere in Rudolph during Rudolph Days.

Up the road we found a Antique shop to check out and also a junk store. At the junk store, Joni found a used designer purse for $5 that she snatched up...SCORE!!! As you can see from the picture above, she looks pretty proud carrying her Rudolph Days purchase :) I found some graniteware pans that I love to use in my prim creations.

This was my favorite part of Rudolph Days, the live Reindeer...they were so cool. The one in front with his eye bugging out is probably thinking the same thing we were thinking "what am I doing here".

Santa (in the background in his sleigh) and his trusty Reindeer

As you can see from this picture, there were a few people out and about just not wanting to buy crafts. I have come to the conclusion that Rudolph Days are for families to enjoy Reindeer viewing, dog sledding dogs, chili feeds, cookie decorating, ornament making...the list of activities goes on and on. They are not, however, there to buy crafts.

Oh well, all kidding aside, I still had a fun day with Joni and I have the memory of "the craft show bust" but I think next year we will NOT be showing up for Rudolph Days with our goodies...not worth it!!!

Can't win them all.....Hope you all had a good Saturday.....Blessing....Rhonda


upnorth said...

The mice on a clothespin were a little creepy looking! Love the new snowman with a knitted hat??? Went to simply today and picked out a few items for Gordon to purchase for me!!! Earl

Michelle said...

Sorry the craft show was a bust, but at least you got to see the reindeer! Hope you have a great holiday!

Justina said...

I of course LoVe the clothespin idea! I hate mice too, and the mice in the sifter I got from you in spooner are right in my kitchen. (they still creep me out) but I love them! You can put anything on a clothespin and it will look great. Hope we can meet up again sometime! ~Justina

PrimWyoGirl said...

Rhonda, sorry to hear your craft show didn't do so well. Seems they could have told you you were being put in the garage ahead of time. I love your little reindeer! They are cute as can be! I would have liked to seen the real ones too. Not sure about the mice, one or two, okay, a whole tree...?

Carmen C. said...

Aww. I'm sorry it wasn't a good outcome for you, all your things are adorable!!! Do you sell them online?

eeekj35 said...

That would be really frustrating. I LOVE the mice on the clothespin. We have a lot of mice in our school (it is out in the country), so they don't creep me out. Sorry about the turn-out. What a bummer!!! I love the reindeer you made. Kim the prim schoolmarm

Karen/My Colonial Home said...

OMGosh Rhonda...even thought it was a bust and things could have been better I'm glad you had a good time....and you gave me a chuckle! Your writing is very creative for sure! lol
I love the snowmen.

Janene said...

I love those reindeer!
I just purchased one from EBay about a month ago...and I love him.
How much are yours...I just might be interested in adding to santas sleigh (one reindeer just can't pull it himself!)
Sorry to hear about the bad day...but at least you found some goodies!

Allison said...

Sorry your craft show was a bust. I think your reindeer are cute!

Susan said...

Sorry the show was a bust. How frustrating. Your things are really cute. Take care, Susan

denise said...

glad to know i'm not the only one who's craft show experience was a least i made $66.00 between the show and the girls at work. hope you have better luck next time.denise

Simply... said...

Hi Rhonda...bummer on the craft show. I would have been a little more than ticked that only 2 vendors were stuck in that garage and demanded my booth $$ back. I hear you are in Spooner and I need to hook up with you to pay you for the items I've sold and return the rest as Simply... is going into hibernation after this weekend. Give me a buzz on my cell or at school tomorrow. I'll be at the shoppe Th-S this week.

peggy said...

Just happened on your blog so wanted to say how nice your display looks and such cute things to sell. In thirty years of craft shows I have had some ridiculous spots but yours takes the prize! Looks to me like the promoters were playing some "reindeer games". Best wishes in all your endeavors.

Donna~One Simple Country Girl said...

I'm sorry you didn't do well at the craft show. But all your goodies are so nice ~ even those creepy little mice!! Just kidding ~ I don't think they are creepy at all, just very cute! And I really like your snowmen ~ very nice! I hope you have better luck next time!