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Title: A Catastrophic Start to My Fair
Post by: Lindy on July 23, 2011, 08:02:31 AM
OMG!!!  I have these wonderful store fixtures that you put your shelves on and they look amazing.  My show set-up was 2 sets of these plus an 8 foot table.  I got everything all set up including antique shaving bowls/shuttles - some for the 1880's.  I'm talking to a customer when the whole thing falls over!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  :tantrum:  I simply couldn't believe my eyes!  The good news is no-one was hurt, it happened before the start of the show so I was able to run home and get the other table, and it happened at a fair at home. So got the mess cleaned up (lost $400 in product including the antiques), have everything in place again and go to move the drawers with the cash register on it when I drop the cash register on its head....  Turn it back upside right, get it to quit squealing like a piglet, make sure it's still working and sit down afraid to move.  :'(

I have never had such a bad start to a day that I can recall.  As I sat there I decided that it just had to get better!!!  I'm happy to say that I made my rent today so the next 2 days are profit.  Tomorrow is the big day and I need to take some extra soaps in to make sure I have enough.... 

So it was a horrid start (I'm still a little wound up), but it ended on a positive note.....  :mwaha:

I took pictures of the set-up after the disaster and I'll get them posted by Monday... I need a nap...  :P


Title: Re: A Catastrophic Start to My Fair
Post by: Em on July 23, 2011, 08:49:04 AM
You derserve a nap! That sounds like a horrible way to start the day but it ended well! Hope you have a fantastic next few days!

 :buttrf:


Title: Re: A Catastrophic Start to My Fair
Post by: dizzybuff on July 23, 2011, 08:58:22 AM
 :mwaha: sorry Lindy that made me chuckle .  ::) But at least its out of the way and didnt do it in the middle of the day . best of luck for the rest of the fair.


Title: Re: A Catastrophic Start to My Fair
Post by: Topcat on July 23, 2011, 09:34:39 AM
Oh my goodness!!!  I read your title and thought you must be exaggerating Lindy, but I can see now that you weren't  :o 
I am glad no one, including you my dear, were hurt *hugs*


Title: Re: A Catastrophic Start to My Fair
Post by: Denice on July 23, 2011, 09:45:43 AM
Oh Lindy, that sound just awful, not only is it upsetting that it all collapsed, but to loose all that stock and your antique bowls.

At least the rest of the day went better (though I don't think it could have got any worse) and now you'r on profit which hopefully will go some way to covering the lost stock etc

 (:hug:)


Title: Re: A Catastrophic Start to My Fair
Post by: madpiano on July 23, 2011, 09:58:13 AM
 (:hug:) (:hug:) (:hug:)


Title: Re: A Catastrophic Start to My Fair
Post by: Vanilla on July 23, 2011, 10:02:15 AM
oh dear Lindy, so sorry for you!  Losing the antiques must have been especially upsetting, as they can't be replaced.  But at least no-one was hurt like you say.   :(


Title: Re: A Catastrophic Start to My Fair
Post by: polly on July 23, 2011, 10:17:24 AM
What a start! It's good no one was hurt but the loss of your antiques is a sore loss. Glad you are now in profit and I hope the rest of the fair goes wel for you.


Title: Re: A Catastrophic Start to My Fair
Post by: Eva on July 23, 2011, 10:26:21 AM
Glad it ended good. What a day!  :buttrf:


Title: Re: A Catastrophic Start to My Fair
Post by: Menolly on July 23, 2011, 11:18:44 AM
Oh, Lindy - my heart goes out to you  (:hug:)

I'm glad that no-one was hurt, but what a shame about the stock and the antiques  :'(

Here's hoping the rest of the fair is a huge success for you!!!

Hugz, Pam


Title: Re: A Catastrophic Start to My Fair
Post by: EJ on July 23, 2011, 11:24:59 AM
My sympathies Lindy - I can't imagine what you felt like after a catastrophe like that!


Title: Re: A Catastrophic Start to My Fair
Post by: Sleepingdragon10 on July 23, 2011, 11:49:50 AM
Oh Lindy!! I think I'd have just sat in a heap and cried :mwaha:

Good on you for holding it together and re-setting up, although the loss of all that stuff must be incredibly hard to take (:hug:)


Title: Re: A Catastrophic Start to My Fair
Post by: halfabubbleoffplumb on July 23, 2011, 03:06:26 PM
whaaaaat?! that's horrible! so sorry that happened, Lindy - hope the rest of the weekend goes MUCH better!


Title: Re: A Catastrophic Start to My Fair
Post by: Suzanne on July 23, 2011, 04:03:20 PM
What a start! Things can only improve and I think you deserve a glass bottle of wine.


Title: Re: A Catastrophic Start to My Fair
Post by: Lindy on July 23, 2011, 05:45:30 PM
Thanks everyone - I was absolute stunned when it happened and once it was cleaned up, reset and I could sit down to rest I was so nauseated.  I managed to settle down and just got back to focusing on the show itself.  I did this show 2 years ago and it was a wash.  I had competition that year and my location was horrible, my neighbour stuck out 10 feet in front of me.  This year it's a new organizer and she has done an amazing job.  So all these things added up to being a better show, plus it's almost 3 years into the business and people know who I am.

I've offered to volunteer and help get this fair promoted properly to bring in more tourists so we can go back to being a large successful festival.  This year is our 48th anniversary so it would be a sin if it were to continue collapsing.

At any rate - I'm praying for no disasters in the next two days......  :mwaha:


Title: Re: A Catastrophic Start to My Fair
Post by: Andy on July 24, 2011, 10:43:18 AM
Dear me, that sounds awful!

Good on you for being proactive and focused, like someone mentioned, I'd probably just sit down and cry...

Wishing you good luck and that your sales well pay off your loss.  :buttrf:

(you don't mention, so I'm assuming the antiques were not family bond)


Title: Re: A Catastrophic Start to My Fair
Post by: Nature on July 24, 2011, 10:58:55 AM
What a shame - sounds like something that only happens on tv - hope the fair more than makes up for it    :buttrf:


Title: Re: A Catastrophic Start to My Fair
Post by: lee on July 24, 2011, 02:01:04 PM
that sounds like a complete nightmare at least it did not stop you.......good for you!!


Title: Re: A Catastrophic Start to My Fair
Post by: benaturals on July 24, 2011, 04:01:31 PM
You poor thing!!! Chin up, I'm sure you will sell in the following days to come lots & lots of your lovely products x
 :buttrf:


Title: Re: A Catastrophic Start to My Fair
Post by: Lindy on July 24, 2011, 05:29:58 PM
Thank you so much!

Andy the antiques were ones I had collected originally for me, but I have them with me and if someone wants to buy it they can.  So no real emotional attachment and no family history - thank the heavens.  Today is my last day at the festival and it is expected to be the quietest, but so far this weekend I have sold $750.  I would love to make it a round $1,000 but that's unlikely today.... however we'll see.

This year I didn't have any competition there and I met another soaper who I have heard of.  She is known for making wonderful soap and she also makes a dog shampoo.  She has a chemical sensitivity so only uses EO's.  Apparently she has been given my soap and she said it is one of the few in the area that she really likes....

So that was a nice surprise.

So horrid start but an amazing show so far!

Thanks for being there with me - I so appreciate your support  ;D