Ok, it was not quite crash and burn, but I got second degree burns from the Christmas in Lithia show this past weekend. I did make my booth fee and enough extra to buy groceries for two days, so I guess there is a bright side in there somewhere. You have to look hard.
In its 23rd year, this show is held at a local high school and was highly rated by local crafters. There were around 140 crafters. It was by far the easiest to unload and load into of all my shows. That is the only good thing I can say about it. My space was at the end of a dead-end hallway, off the main traffic flow. I sat there all weekend watching people start walking down my hallway, then turn around and go back. I wish I had a megaphone so I could yell at them “Wait, don’t go!!”.
Friday night setup was a fiasco. When I first got there, I complained to one of the coordinators that my booth was in front of two doors, one going into a classroom hallway and one was an outside exit. The response was “Just set your tables up in front of the doors. No one will be using these doors.” I got my tables set up and my product out and a janitor came up to my booth pushing a trash bin and said she needed to get though to clean a classroom in the hall I was blocking. So I moved all my boards off a table, moved the table, and went about working on other things while I waited for her to come back through. After she was finished, I put everything back.
I was just about finished and two other people came by and said they needed to get into the hallway, so I gently slid the table a little to one side so they could squeeze through. About ten minutes later, they came out wheeling a cookie making machine for the football game. So here I go again taking the product off the table, moving the table and letting them through. When they got through the booth, they informed me that they had to get to the outside door that my other table was blocking. So I move product and the table, let them out, and put everything back. This happened three times during setup before I got out of there.
Saturday morning I found one of the coordinators and complained about all the problems. She apologized and said that no one would be going anywhere near there all weekend. I returned to my booth safe with the knowledge that this was behind me, or so I thought. There was a constant stream of school personnel going though my booth all week end to get into this hallway. To make matters worse, where my booth and an adjacent booth met, we blocked the entrance to the men’s restroom. So whose booth became the gateway entrance to the restroom? You guessed it, yours truly.
I thought the term “bad show” meant that revenue wasn’t too good. I guess this one would be classified as a “horrible show”. They won’t be getting a Christmas card from me this year, or a return appearance next year.
This was my fifth and final setup to accomodate all the “non-existent” personnel that would not be using these doors all weekend.
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