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September 5, 2013

Never thought I'd be a vendor

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My biggest concern was bad weather, especially wind. The top to our easy-up was only fastened to the frame with Velcro. As it turned out, wind wasn’t a problem, it was heat. It hit 103 degrees on Friday. Like most of the other vendors, I resorted to a fan. The electrical grid of the park couldn’t handle the load, and power went down. There were some pretty upset vendors, as well as bedraggled Chamber of Commerce people trying to sooth frazzled or fizzled nerves. The staggering heat also kept the crowds at home in air-conditioned comfort. Who could blame them?

But all-in-all, Mary and I did fair, considering it was our first attempt at vending at Old Threshers. We learned lots of things, like bringing frozen bottles of water to quench the thirst, what items sell, and the importance of location. We were situated right beside the funnel cake/smoothie vendor which provided lots of traffic, snacks for us, and additional heat. Great. Many of the other vendors were great people that I enjoyed associating with.

Will we do it again?

We have yet to decide. But it was a positive experience. We met lots of people, had lots of exposure, and survived to vend another day. Oh, yes, as we were loading up the trailer to head home, we sold three more pieces right off the trailer. There’s just something about a trailer full of junk, I mean sculptures, that attract people like a siren.

Have a good story? Call or text Curt Swarm in Mt. Pleasant at (319) 217-0526 or email him at curtswarm@yahoo.com.

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