This is me this morning on my way to sell at the Whole Earth Festival. Why did I bike? you might ask. I don’t know—I’m not sure I would do it again, but the UC Davis campus is challenging to navigate by car (a lot of streets are closed off to cars), Mike wanted to use the car for more long distance pursuits, and I thought this would be the perfect way to contribute to the festival’s sustainability theme.
I have to admit, it was a little rough, but I did make it there, with only one causualty—my bike fell over while I was waiting at a stoplight. Luckily, some chivalrous man jumped out of his car and helped me pick it up, and nothing was damaged. Perhaps it is a bad sign when you can’t even lift the load your carrying! The whole thing would have been a lot smoother if I had a bike trailer, but just getting to the festival was quite an accomplishment—so I started the day with one feather already in my cap!
I’m not sure at what point I will stop posting pictures of my Craft Show displays—they’re pretty much the same set-up each time (although I had to crunch a little today to accommodate other sellers), but I thought you might like a peek. Overall, the show was about a medium success—not great sales, but not completely pathetic. There were a lot of people selling in this cooperative booth, so I was kind of buried at the back. It was also pretty darn windy, so I ended up having to dismantle my bike wheel mobile part way through, and I was baking in the sun for a good portion of the day because I was unable to score a spot inside the canopies.
Right now, I’m trying to decide if I will return tomorrow (the festival is all weekend), as there’s more of a chance of me getting a better spot since not everyone sells both days. Ahh, the underworld of craft fairs—I’m starting to feel like I’m becoming part of it. To be honest, right now I feel like lying down on the cool carpeted floor and relaxing after the long hard day of waiting for buyers, baking in the sun, and chasing after my windswept prints. I suppose being an artist is not all glamor!