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Last minute crazies

This evening I packed up my van for the Vermont Hand Crafters Fine Craft & Art Show. I have a packing list that I’ve developed over the years and it has proven invaluable.

Van full of craft show setup supplies

The Blue Roof Designs Mobile

Right now my van seems to have a lot of extra room leftover. And I have more stuff now than I did last year. Something magical is at work here. And I like it.

Now I’m working on all of the last minute details, like printing business cards. I feel like I’m running around like a crazed wackadoo, but my husband actually told me that I seemed calmer than I have in past years. Was he wearing his glasses when he said that?

I have always had a love for plastic tubs of all sizes, but have a special fondness for plastic shoe boxes. They are the basis/rock of my organizational system in my studio and are great for packing up craft show inventory. The Rubbermaid SnapTopper is my most most most favorite shoe box of all time. It is the perfect size for my large journals.

I also have these collapsible plastic crates that are over 20 years old – I got them when I went away to college.

Collapsible packing crates

Ain’t nothing getting between me and my pretty blue crates

Yes, you can get a rough idea of how old I am now.

Anyway, these crates have held up really well. When you have limited space in your booth, it’s helpful to be able to break them down. The majority of my inventory is in those four crates in the image at right – probably around 55-60 photo albums.

And now, a crate-related story.

One day when I was on Church Street in Burlington, I happened upon an art fair. I had just dropped off some inventory at a nearby gallery and was carrying one of my crates. I visited Dug Nap’s booth and he offered to trade me some of his artwork for the crate. His work is great, but there was no way I was parting with my blue foldy baby.

Sorry Dug.

4 Responses to “Last minute crazies”

By Jackie - 22 November 2008 Reply

Just to say I am enjoying your blog and have ‘tagged’ you on mine. I am sure you are too busy to join in but not to worry.

By elissa - 22 November 2008 Reply

Hi Jackie,

I’m more than happy to join in…it’s nice to do something that is not craft show related at the moment. πŸ™‚

Elissa

By burgundydistrict - 20 December 2008 Reply

Your car looks much better than mine before my last show! Wow. Crazy! πŸ™‚

By elissa - 21 December 2008 Reply

Well, if it makes you feel any better, my van NEVER looks that good coming back after a show. Oy.

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