What a weekend!

Well, today I rest, after three days of intense sales.  Friday a.m. I went to neighbor, Dottie’s, at 7:30 with one last small load of stuff, including some chicks.  The sale was to start at 8 a.m.   When I arrived, there were five other cars there, and when they saw I was unloading, they pounced.  Luckily, I was able to look helpless and say, apologetically, “Oh, I’m sorry, this is Dottie’s sale and Dottie’s house, and I believe she will open the garage doors at 8 a.m. as advertised.  Until then, I can’t help you any.”  (It makes me crazy that there’s always people who insist on coming early and get very annoyed if you don’t let them in.  I once had a guy walk up my chained driveway and protest that there was a chain across it, at 8 a.m. for a 9 a.m. sale.  I simply explained that the chain would remain in place until the sale started, and he replied, suggesting I let him look through stuff at that time.  Nerve!

Well, anyway, business was brisk, we sold quite a few perennials on Friday.  I still haven’t been able to get in touch with Dottie about Saturday, since I was away Saturday and Sunday from 6 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.  This morning I’ll find out how we did on Saturday.

Meanwhile, I left here at 6 on Saturday a.m., picked up friend, Lucas, and we drove to Cummington, Mass, for the Mass. Sheep and Wool Festival, arriving at 8:20, with 40 minutes to unload the truck and set up.  Lucas was a big help.  Sue and Tom arrived about 8:45 with the rest of the stuff, and by 9, we were ready to smile and be helpful.  We had taken the measure of the crowds at the NH festival and prepared for this one better, taking advantage of the “sock-mania” which seems to be around. I had made lots of samples of socks, and written up patterns. Sue had done the same with scarves.  We brought lots of commercial sock yarns as well as handspun yarns, and fleeces and fibers.  And just a few ready to wear items we had knitted.  The Mass show is never very lucrative for us, but is always a lot of fun.  Never say never!  We made more than twice what we’ve ever made before, selling ready to wears as well as fibers and tons of sock and scarf yarns and patterns…and Sue sold five sheepskins!  A first!  On Sunday morning, I started out, and got four miles, about to go onto the interstate, when I had a blow out.  Luckily, I had my cell phone, and called John, who came with my Matrix, changed the tire, and took the truck home. I took the Matrix, hoping we’d sell enough so that when it came time to load up, we could fit everything in it and Sue’s van.  (Without the truck we were way down on hauling space.)  But we DID sell enough, and everything fit comfortably into the Matrix, with the added benefit of taking half the gas!

It was a good show, met a lot of nice people.  A little sadness: Josie’s daughter is dying of pancreatic cancer.  Josie is the vendor across from us each year.  She is holding up.  She also lost a son several years ago.  How sad it is to lose a child.  (Having lost one, I have personal experience here.)  The dying woman has two children, 9 and 15.  Luckily, they live nearby so Josie and Tom can be there for the children and grandchildren.  My heart goes out to them.

Well, the sheep are calling for breakfast, the pasture needs changing, and then, there is the mess at Dottie’s to clean up, the left over yard sale items and perennials to bring home and put in a pile.  Luckily, our church is having a yard sale in two weeks, so we are all prepared with donations for that!  Have a great day.


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