Go Vols! For those who watched the Tennessee-Kentucky game last Saturday, I hope you saw me waving in the stands. I was the wet and cold person. Ok, so everyone was wet and cold. It was still a good game. It’s amazing how 44 degrees feels like 34 when it’s raining. We got there about two hours before kickoff and holed up in a sports bar on the strip and watched the final of the Georgia-Georgia Tech game. My wife had to practically drag me out when it was time to walk over to the stadium.
Well, it was bound to happen. After receiving notice about three weeks ago that I had not been accepted in the Atlanta Sugarloaf Festival, they called three days before show set up and tell me that I’m in. It was a difficult decision, but I turned them down because of the short notice. I completely zoned out and didn’t hit a lick the whole week of thanksgiving because I knew I didn’t have anymore shows. Had I known earlier, I would have had time to get ready for it. I have been selling quite a bit online over the past couple of weeks and I haven’t taken the time to start replacing inventory. While I was talking to the promoter I took the time to ask the details of the show and was kind of blown away by the final cost.
This is a big indoor show and the booth cost is $425, but they estimate around 20,000 attendees. However, I didn’t know that they require, but don’t provide, pipe and drape for the booth. This was going to cost me an additional $200 for a total show cost of $625. I’m not sure which scenario changed my mind, the short notice or cost, but I just cannot justify in my mind that kind of cost for a 10×10 booth for three days. I may just stay with outdoor shows next year for this reason. If the weather is good, there is much better value.
Anyway, my online sales continue to hold steady. There’s no doubt it’s because of Christmas. I have a lot of people ordering multiples of the same item, so you know it’s for gifts. I finally got started building my inventory back up this week, so I have lots of glued up boards sitting around the shop waiting for glue to dry. I also have a couple customers who have bought new houses (I didn’t know people were still doing this), and need their closets done so I’ve got to leave a warm shop this evening and go on appointments on the other side of town. Hopefully, they are big $$ closets.
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday!
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