Playing catch-up: Spring Fiber Sale show report

Every blogger seems to fall a bit behind at some point.  Mea culpa:  mee too.  Here I am playing catch up.  First, the follow up to St. Distaff’s Day Spin-In.   This awesomely huge event is largely organized by an awesomely nice lady:  Karen Bruggman.  She can usually be located via her fanciful red hat – smart idea!

St. Distaff’s Day organizer, Karen Bruggman.
Aka: wonderwoman!

Vast soaring hall, well lit for some 300+  spinners!  Opposite side held about 30 vendors.

Vast soaring hall, well lit for some 300+ spinners! Opposite side held about 30 vendors.

Vendors must sometimes make spur-of-the-moment adjustments.  We had a great corner booth space, and although we’d done a mock booth set up back at home, on site reality made changes necessary.   You gotta assume every show can have  a glitch at the beginning.  Just bring a utility box and happy attitude so you can take it in stride.  Despite a mock booth set up at home having 10′ deep x 8′ wide, it didn’t work well on site.  Customers got cramped in the long, deep space.  We rapidly shifted shelves to open on the 10′ wide side, even though we no longer faced the spinner circles.  However, the larger opening gave better maneuvering area & ease-of-shopping to the customers.  I should have snapped the photo when they were 2 & 3 deep buying, but I was too busy answering questions and writing receipts.

Hubby 'mans' our booth.  He's awesome.

Hubby ‘mans’ our booth. He’s awesome.  Customers really enjoy chatting with him because he knits, he spins, & he is knowledge enough to discuss their interests.                   

I mucked up camera settings, sorry about blur. I sold a restored old wheel, and customer instantly sat to enjoy spinning on the petite upright (the one with flax on the distaff).

I sold a sweet little restored old wheel, and customer instantly sat to enjoy spinning on the petite upright (the one with flax on the distaff).  Sorry about blur, I goofed my camera settings that day

Having once briefly left the booth, I only got to snap a few photos.  Here is Dave Yocum, a fellow wood enthusiast and maker of gorgeous wooden yarn bowls.

Dave makes beautiful yarn bowls and more....

Dave makes beautiful yarn bowls and more….

Terry Yocums lovely Magnus Drudik wheel, on which she doubtless churns out enough yarn to test every one of Dave's bowls!

Terry’s lovely Magnus Drudik wheel, on which she doubtless churns out enough yarn to test every one of Dave’s bowls!

That’s all til next year.  Of course we’d return in 2014 – we LOVE this humongous Spin In event.  It’s totally worth the 4 hour drive!  I keep telling Oregonians to go see for themselves!

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