Bet you all thought I’d given up on blogging – well so did I!
It has been such a long time since I’ve been on here and I miss reading all my friends comings and goings and all the wonderful pictures of your decorating for the holidays – of which I need to do this weekend.
Our home show last weekend was a huge success – everything we had hoped it would be and more.
We were set to open at 4 pm on Friday but there were so many customers waiting at the door at 20 minutes to 4, so we let them in….and from that moment it was non-stop until 7 pm, then after that there were a few more up till closing at 8 pm.
Doug manned the cash register, while my brother and sister in-law wrapped and bagged. This helped me be with the customers going from room to room greeting and answering questions…and offering wine to anyone wanting a little cheer – which were many! We had soft Christmas music playing throughout the house and screen room where the check out was. Oh, our Candy Cane entrance was a success – it kept it separated very nicely.
Saturday was just as wonderful and customers started coming at 8:45 and never stopped till 3 pm and then a few here and there till 5 at closing.
We decided to have a SALE on Sunday from Noon to 2 and it was HUGE!!! We put approx. 80% of our merchandise ON SALE and told the customers at check out what we were doing and I couldn’t believe how many came back for those 2 hours.
And as far as pictures during the show…NO TIME!
So here are a few photos my brother took as I was setting up areas….I wanted more detailed pictures but didn’t have time to get my camera so I had to rely on him – I think he did a pretty good job.
FIRST IS THE DINING ROOM SET-UP
THE BATHROOM HAD ALL OUR SOAPS, MELTING TARTS, SPRAYS AND SMELLY THINGS
This is our tub area and Doug made a board to cover it so we had more use of the space
OUR FAMILY ROOM HELD ALL THE REALLY PRIMITIVE ITEMS I WAS SELLING FOR A COUPLE OF FRIENDS….ONE WAS OUR FRIEND AND BLOGGER ‘ROBBY’ AND I MUST SAY HER ITEMS FLEW OUT OF HERE!
AND ‘JEANNE’ WHO I HAVE MENTIONED BEFORE HAS ITEMS AT THE CRAFTERS MALL AT THE DELLS AND I REALLY LOVE HER WORK. I BUY MY PRAIRIE APRONS/BONNETS FROM HER…..AS WELL AS THE BEAUTIFUL ‘SUGAR COOKIE’ MELTING TART PANTRY CAKES
HERE IS WHERE THE ENTRANCE AND EXIT WAS IN THE SCREEN ROOM – THE PICTURE DOESN’T DO THE ROOM JUSTICE…IT REALLY LOOKED NICE AND SMELLED WONDERFUL WITH ALL THE GREENERY AROUND THE ROOM AND THE HEATER KEPT IT NICE AND TOASTY WHILE GUESTS WAITED TO CHECK OUT AND SNACK ON TREATS AND COFFEE
Well that’s it for photos – sorry there were so many!
Yesterday we packed up lots of merchandise and took it downtown to a consignment shop I take things to and as we were putting it out on shelves we started selling things. When Doug took some more things down about an hour later the girl said we had sold over $100 already! Good move to take the products there, huh? And today is her Open House so it should be a good day all around.
Now today it’s getting the house back to a ‘normal’ state….going to finish putting out our Christmas decorations and work on some orders….the holiday is fast approaching and I feel behind. Maybe after this weekend I will feel more in control.
Hugs to all who read this…have a wonderful week and hope to hear from you.
P.S. – have you ever had a true friend that IS ALWAYS THERE FOR YOU?….my best friend of 30 years just phoned me to ask if she could help me with ANYTHING….like cleaning, groceries, cooking, errands, whatever.
She was here on Friday picking something up and we had the nicest visit. She said when she was here she noticed I looked beat/tired and it bothered her all weekend. WHAT A TRUE FRIEND RENEA IS TO ME AND I LOVE HER DEARLY. She has gone through the best of times and the worst of times with me. Our kids were classmates and I met her when I got my job at the Hi-Liter 30 years ago.
Anyway….I didn’t take her up on her offer because I feel in control now but I guess I am a bit tired and looking dragged out….my back and hip/leg have been killing me, being all tense with Darren’s two surgeries, many orders, the show and life in general it has taken a toll on me I think….BUT IT WON’T GET THE BEST OF ME!
Thank you Renea for being there for me as always.