Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Blowing in the Wind

I've got another farmers' market story, and it doesn't include a sunburn. Hooray!

Last Sunday I was back at the farmers' market. It had rained on Saturday. (Hooray! We can really use the rain.) It rained Sunday evening. (Hooray! After the market was over.)

Sunday was nice and sunny. And warm. And humid.

After I unpacked my car, I discovered what I had forgotten. My chair. Yep, I packed everything (even remembering my forgotten bags) except for the thing to sit on all day. (They were kind enough to lend me a chair for the day.)

About the time I discovered this, I realized the other thing I had forgotten. A towel. (Ford Prefect would be so disappointed.) Because it didn't take long before I was drenched in sweat.

But I got set up, and everything went fine. Until the wind started blowing.


The last time I had done the market, I didn't have that much trouble with the blowing wind. But this time my display started inching forward.

I'd get up and move it back. Then it would inch forward again. I fought with this all day (well, half the day as the wind didn't pick up until later).

Then, about the last half hour of the market, I realized something. I had bungee cords...



That held the display perfectly. *smacks head*

24 comments:

  1. Looks like a nice display despite the elements!

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  2. Another thing you will have to remember to bring with you with the bungee cords, but at least they were effective :)

    betty

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    1. I got them for something entirely different, but they did the job.

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  3. Very smart with that bungee cord.

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  4. I'm glad there's not a sunburn this time :). That sucks that you forgot your chair and towel, but the bungee cords holding things down was a good idea.

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  5. Wind can be a crafter's enemy. We have a big Craft fair every year at Canadian Thanksgiving and the wind was so strong one year that 3 huge tents blew down. This caused much damage since some people had delicate works of glass etc... Glad you found a great solution

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  6. How very ingenuous of you. It’s always a good thing to have a bungee cord or two on hand.

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  7. There you go! A little redneck technology to the rescue!
    Life & Faith in Caneyhead

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  8. Liz,

    Your set up looks really nice. I used to do the shows in southern CA, but more of the street faire type because I was selling tie-dye clothing. Some of the shows also had a farmers market attached.

    Bungie cords was good thinking. You always have to be prepared for any scenario because you never know what will happen on any given day. They used to sell things called table clips years ago and a lot of the street vendors had them. I've also seen people use those big hand clamps on the corners of their tables. Do you sell a lot at the farmers markets?

    Sunni
    http://sunni-survivinglife.blogspot.com/

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    1. I had some clips to hold the tablecloth down, but they weren't helping the display. I'll have to look around for those clamps.

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  9. We call 'em 'OCCIE' STRAPS here in OZ, and very useful little blighters they are. Glad you had a good one.

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    1. I may have to adopt that. Sounds much more fun than bungee cords.

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  10. Bungee cords are pretty darn useful aren't they? What a lovely little display Liz.

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  11. Wow. I've never thought about how many things you have to prepare for to have a table at the farmers market. Your display looks lovely.

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  12. The display looks good! My daughter has sold garage sale stuff at a flea market and setting up is always soooo much work.

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    1. Yep, that's the hardest part, I think.

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  13. LOL gotta love those "moments"

    And yay for the rain!

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  14. It's always the simplest solution that takes the longest to come up with. ;-)

    By the time the market is over you'll have it down perfectly, sunscreen, chair, bungee cords. ;-)

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    1. The market is a continuing concern, so I hope I get it right long before it's over.

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