I realize it has been a month since my last blog post and almost two weeks since we had our first Pop Up Shop. I could just end this post with that sentence as it accurately describes my sentiments regarding the amount of effort that went into ONE DAY!
However, that would be boring. I think you will enjoy reading about all the failures and successes of the day and maybe laugh a little.
I will start by setting the scene. We live in Michigan. Our weather resembles the personality of a two year old child with severe mood swings. You don't know if you are going to get a temper tantrum or a hug and a kiss. The forecast changes by the minute so planning is virtually impossible.
Mother nature graced us with a temper tantrum. After loading the trailer until 11:30 the night before in pouring rain...our alarms woke us up at 5:00 AM. Off we go pulling a heavy and full trailer loaded with breakable things. I have only pulled a trailer twice before. Thank goodness it was early on a Saturday morning and I could go 25 miles per hour without anyone honking. 30 minutes later we made it the few miles to our destination (no joke). Nothing better than a really quiet morning car ride...we aren't morning people.
Then the chaos begins...
Yeah, we are smiling...this was after we hauled Amanda's 100 lb walls she made into the building...we also each ate a donut. Donuts make everything better.
We thought we had plenty of time to set up but we were down to the wire. We were putting the finishing touches on the display when the doors opened.
It is a nervous feeling. You don't know what to expect or what to plan for. You know when you are packing for vacation and you don't know what you are going to feel like wearing so you just pack everything?? That was us. We had loads of options and supplies. "Simple" was not the word of the day.
I love how our display turned out though. It was exactly how we envisioned it and it gave customers plenty of space to look at available items.
We didn't want to hover over people that were looking but wanted to feel welcoming if anyone had any questions. This is something that can be challenging. However, the interaction with our customers was great and we enjoyed hearing feedback.
This was a one day event which means we had to load everything back up in the trailer...including those walls. I tried to convince Amanda that we should just leave them behind but she said no. Thank goodness our sister Chelsea was there to help. I may have conveniently been busy doing other things when the walls had to go...the jury is still out on what exactly happened.
Just want to remind everyone that it was still raining and just to be silly, Mother Nature added cold tempretures and wind for the afternoon haul. Needless to say, the trailer didn't get unloaded until the next day. My office is just now put back together.
Overall, it was a great experience and we learned how to make these events easier. We also think a two day event would be better option for us. We are looking forward to the Spring when we will be doing our next event. Until then buy online or contact us for custom orders!