Saturday, 25 October 2014

Another New Table Setup...

'Tis the season: today all the vendors came in from the cold... except it was really balmy and mild out this morning, looming black clouds not only holding off on a massive dump, they eventually blew away, and it's now a gorgeous sunny late Saturday afternoon/early evening. Almost springlike. My flowers are budding away -- snapdragons, geraniums, bacopa and pansies. Just hope the first hard frost holds off for a few more weeks.

More seasonal disruptions: I'm doing a two day craft show in Vittoria on November 15th and 16th and then the following Friday the Gem Expo opens in Toronto. Both will mean new table setups on the fly.

Here is my new setup at the farmer's market where I'm a little jammed up. Started out with two 8-foot tables, but they left me no room to leave my little nest to help customers, nor for customers and friends to come in and sit for a while and play with beads. Had to drop down to two 6-foot tables and an 8-footer and ended up with one table along the railing on the ramp, which is actually kinda cool, being able to stand leaning on that, observing and commenting on items on the table from a lofty/ier perch.

Doesn't look so bad from this angle...

BUT there's barely 12 or 14 inches of space between the vegetable display and my table.

The market manager stole two 6-foot tables from another vendor (they'll never notice). Let's see how this works out.

It makes it faster to set up, knowing how the table cloths work. I started out with the riser at the back, but then nobody would be able to look at the earrings and pendant boards way in the back.

Moved the riser back to its usual position, with the earring carousels and boards. These are all my inexpensive items and I figured to continue keeping them up front and centre, if only because this is mostly a cash-only market and I get a lot of kids -- and grownups -- who will have a spare $5 or $10 or $20 in their pocket, but not $100 or $200.

Front and centre, all the usual suspects -- skull bracelets and necklaces, crystal, seed bead and semi-precious bracelets, sterling pendants...

On the table along the railing are all my better necklaces and pendants.

Next week for sure: LIGHTS!

Thanks for looking!


Rosanne said...

Would the bed/table risers you've mentioned before work on those tables? Maybe the one against the wall would be best. I use them on one of my work space tables and it gives me a bit more storage space underneath.

Barbara said...

Hi, Rosanne, I've considered using the risers at the market. The main reason I don't is there are a lot of kids who come and, while I hate cleaning up the mess left by sticky fingers, they still need to be able to see and choose stuff. Also, the market is only open for five hours so it doesn't seem worth it. If I didn't have the black riser/shelf for boards and the carousels then I would use them. I always use the risers at shows, though. What a back-saver they are, for me and for everyone else. When I pack up the risers after shows, it feels like the tables are only knee height. They've been worth every penny I spent on them. Using them at home is a really great idea.