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Posted by on Dec 7, 2013 in Brooms, Farm, Featured, Meanderings |

Iced out & snowed in – weather wrecks a show, or does it?

Iced out & snowed in – weather wrecks a show, or does it?

Winter weather has got us down.

The Arkansas Craft Guild’s Annual Christmas Showcase is normally held on the first full weekend of December. This is our biggest show. Not only in square footage – we had a 200 square foot booth for this year’s show, an upgrade from last year’s 150 square foot booth and double the size of a normal 10×10 craft booth – but in design and merchandise, and sales, too. The entire family had pitched in creating, labelling, inventorying, packaging, building, loading. In fact, for the first time ever, we felt we were truly ready for a show on the first day of the show. Normally, we have everything ready on the last day <grin>.

Then Mother Nature stepped in with a really nasty Winter storm and the show was cancelled while we were on our way. We turned around about 20 miles from our destination and headed home, racing to beat the storm and made it in fine time. We spent the rest of the afternoon coordinating the cancellation effort by calling all of the other craftspeople – many of them also on the road.

Snowfall after ice

Under this lovely, unblemished 5 inches of snow is a quarter-inch of ice! And in the van (behind the car) is a full shows worth of stock and a brand new booth.

We finally went to bed, listening to the sound of sleet and frozen rain as it popped and tapped on the windows, around 11 pm. We woke up to about 4 inches of snow (and it’s still coming down) over about a 1/4″ of ice!

But we’re not out!

On Saturday, we spent the day watching the snow continue to fall while Jeanette posted items from her stock to her Etsy store, and I worked on getting my e-commerce items revamped. We’re trying to make the best of a bad situation and find a silver lining.

Meanwhile, I’m debating opening an Etsy store of my own. More accurately, I’m debating adding items to an Etsy store I already own. The problem I’ve always run up against is, well, there are so many variations… It’s nigh on impossible to add items to an Etsy store.

I think I’ve got it worked out, though. If I put only the one-of-a-kind items on Etsy and keep the e-commerce store stocked with ready made items, I think we can keep up.

What do you think?