There is also the issue of space; more products mean larger displays and more difficult set ups. Artist’s Alleys have changed a lot since I first started; so many people bring huge displays with racks and shelves in order to maximize space. Call me old and curmudgeonly, but I hate the giant displays.
I follow a simplified approach; my goal is to be able to transport, set up, and take down by myself. I am a bit short, so my husband usually sets up my vertical banner, but I could probably do that if I really tried. I use vintage looking suitcases (one medium roller, one small hand carry) to transport my goods and also use them as part of my table display. I learned a lot from SaskExpo about what I do and do not need, so I’m hoping I can pare down my packing list and have an even smoother set up in Calgary.
My preparation for Calgary is going really well so far (knock on wood!). It would have been nice to sell out at SaskExpo, but it’s truly a relief not having to restock from scratch. I’ve been crossing a few things off my to-do list each day and with any luck I’ll be ready for Calgary early and have time to splurge on experimental pieces.
I’ve also made time to work on gifts for friends and family. Christmas always creeps up faster than I expect it to. Every year I tell myself ‘This year I’m going to get ahead of the game!’ and end up scrambling to finish things anyway. This year I’ve got a nine tailed fox and kit sculpture I want to see done, Christmas ornaments, and a few other surprises.