My biggest show this year was the Red River Revel. I did the second half so I was there October 7-10. My sales were slightly down from previous years, which I attribute to the weather. I always enjoy this show and the volunteers who take care of us are terrific.
Here's some views to either side of my booth.
Wednesday wasn't so bad, but there weren't many shoppers. Thursday was really, really hot. Friday it rained, at times severely, and it was cold.
Almost no shoppers, although as you can see above, there were some. Did I mention the hours were 10 to 10? Saturday it was cold and misted all day but the shoppers were plentiful. Saturday made my show. For several hours I was so busy that I didn't even have time to eat lunch, even though the volunteers brought me one. I told Ralph that next year he has to come help me on Saturday. My booth was packed.
Here's some booth views taken when the booth wasn't packed.
My new banner is visible on the back wall.
The earring display going up the wall is new. More on the cards later.
I had some great neighbors this year. Randal Sprangler from Kansas City, Mo. was right beside me (he's seated in the chair above). He has wonderful whimsical paintings.
Behind me were Frankie Buckley and her husband Tom. I especially liked her cats. Next to Frankie on the fourth corner was Gloria Shanahan.
The stilt walkers were a treat this year. I tried, but couldn't get good pictures. Maybe I should say stilt puppeteers, since they were basically wearing a puppet.
You can click on any of the photos and see them in more detail on Flickr.
The venue is right next to the train tracks.
Shreveport is a colorful place to visit, for several reasons. Here are a couple:
These are some new earrings designs I had at the show:
Some new Art Clay earrings:
I dropped Stefan off with my parents for a visit while I was at the Revel. I spent Sunday night with them and visited for a while and we came home Monday.
Monday night Stefan came down with the swine flu, then I got it. Ralph didn't catch it for about three days which was good, because for a couple of days before he got sick I sure didn't feel like taking care of anyone else. At least there was always someone well enough to take care of everyone else. By the time they get the flu vaccine ready no one around here is going to need it because they'll already have had the swine flu.
Luckily my parents didn't get sick.