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.
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.
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.