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Women’s Festival of Crafts recap

I had such a good time at this year’s Women’s Festival of Crafts. The show is now in its 27th year. It has consistently been one of the most friendly, stress-free shows that I do. The stars are really show organizers Megan Humphrey and Moe O’Hara.

Name tag from the Women's Festival of Crafts 2016

Getting into this show is tough – they don’t jury the show, but rather accept people by the postmark on their application. When they publish the application on their website, you’ve gotta get your tush to the post office that same day.

I was a day late with my application this year because it came out on the day I was flying home from my vacation to Japan. I was put on the wait list and luckily, someone gave up their spot and I was in!

This year, the show was located in a former Gap store at the Burlington Town Center Mall on Church Street. I helped the organizers with setup so I got to bring in my stuff a few days early. It doesn’t look like much in that huge space.

Load in of Blue Roof Designs booth at Women's Festival of Crafts 2016

Then the walls, shelves, and signs go up. Now I’ve got a booth floating in a room full of nothing. It looked kinda sad.

Blue Roof Designs booth in progress at Women's Festival of Crafts 2016

I felt a lot less alone once Saturday came around and the other vendors started setting up.

Blue Roof Designs booth in progress at Women's Festival of Crafts 2016

I usually struggle to get my booth fully set up on time – I always seem to have a bazillion little things to fuss over. This time I actually did it. That extra time earlier in the week made it possible.

Blue Roof Designs booth at Women's Festival of Crafts 2016

You know what’s the best part of doing a craft show in a former Gap store? You get your own dressing room for stashing your stuff.

Blue Roof Designs back stock in a former Gap dressing room

Overall, the show really looked amazing. The neutral backdrop (Gapdrop?) seemed to elevate the atmosphere.

Women's Festival of Crafts 2016

My booth neighbors were so much fun to chat with – I’m talking about you Zoë and Marie!

And then, as quickly as it begins, it ends. Time to break down and go home. You can always count on me to be one of the last people to finish.

Break down of Blue Roof Designs booth at Women's Festival of Crafts 2016

I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I get into next year’s show!

So what do you think? I'd love to know!

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