I'm so excited! Just got official word that Retro Revival's been invited back to this year's Great American Pie Festival, sponsored by Crisco!
Last April, the Pie Festival was my first big show and it was a fantastic experience ~ such a fun time because, no surprise, people are happy when surrounded by pie! And even better, I just about sold out of all of my aprons. I'm hoping my tent stays as busy this year as last:
If you're interested in learning more about the Pie Festival, visit the American Pie Council.
Now that I know I'm part of the show again, I'm in hyper drive and sewing like a mad woman. My goal is to take at least 150 aprons with me. This is my current stash of uncut apron fabric:
A bit mountain-like, right?
I also want to take a bunch of my shower caps and bath salts this year (not pie related, obviously, but no mind since last year my aprons were the only food-related product at the show anyway!), as well as my dessert pedestals (I hadn't made these by this time last year).
I've been looking back at pictures from last year's Festival, searching for ways to improve my setup. Here's my list of to-dos:
1. Do a better job of securing my sign/banner to my tent. I've bought some sturdy clips that I think will work well.
2. Dress my "assistants," the mannequins. Looking at my pictures, I think they need dresses, don't you?
3. Ditch my ugly, plastic, wobbly clothesrack. Check! Mr. Wonderful is putting the finishing touches on a homemade rack for me - yay!
Now, I need your help please. I'm torn on a couple of decisions...
Should I "fully" display my aprons on the clothesline like I did at the Pie Festival last year?:
...Or should I pin up as many as possible like I did at a later show?
From a buyer's perspective, what is more pleasing to your eye? Which set up would better attract you?
My tent has been pretty crowed. I need the long table for displaying the dessert pedestals, the small table for processing purchases and the other small table for the shower caps and bath salts. This is a shot from a show I did last October:
Anyone out there have suggestions on how to display all of this and create some more open space/walking room within my tent? (Note: I won't be taking my pin cushions to the Pie Festival so I won't be using the three-tiered table shown above.)
Any other ideas about beautifying my display? I'm way open to suggestions and truly, madly, deeply appreciate your input!
Now I've got to get back to sewing ~ that is, once I remove Twyla from a pile of aprons I set on the back of our couch:
Where's my lint roller?! Hahahaha!
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