May I regail you with tales of organizing a craft fair? I hope so. The #2 biggest fears I had in the days leading up to the event were #1: Are customers going to show up? and #2: Will all the vendors fit? Because I spent the month leading up to The THAW in hyper-contact mode with friends, message boards, newspapers, Facebook and more #1 was all taken care of. Signs up and down the street directed people towards our little shin dig and people just kept pourin’ in. Good! #2 was a little scarier – turns out my estimate of how much space everyone would get was a little, er, generous and we had to do some last minute rearranging as the vendors were setting up. FORTUNATELY we hand-selected a group of very friendly, flexible and happy people to play at The THAW and everyone was psyched just to be there selling their goods. So officially: THANK YOU to all the vendors who didn’t get mad at me! :)
Madder Root was located upstairs in front of one of the amazing, huge, gorgeous, pretty, awesome windows in the main room at Mayo St. I’m so excited because their clean, white linen and saturated screen printed inks looked beautiful in the morning light. You can also see from the photo that they thought ahead (along with other vendors) by bringing coupons for customers to use on their Etsy site in the future. Good idea, ladies!
Look at these gorgeous, spring-y colors from David Jacobson Glass. Lots of vendors thought ahead and included items at their spaces that got people in the mood for the season. Although it was about 40 degrees that day and more than a tad chilly (pro tip: always bring a warm layer to a craft fair!) people were ready to forget about snow, especially the April Fool’s Day storm. David’s pieces brightened up the back of ‘the island’ (a grouping of vendors in the center of the floor) and his “conversation pieces” (trademark by David Jacobson) are the most clever things you’ll ever leave a note on. Click on the image to visit his website and learn more!
Ashley Tyler (A New Heirloom) is setting up her wares at her great display innovations in the corner next to Jen from Quercus Design. Her work is so beautiful, just take a peek at her Etsy shop and tell me you don’t want everything in it. We’re excited for Ashley, as she’s moving in to a brand, new studio in Biddeford this month where she can spread out and get really creative. Yay for real studios replacing corners in our apartments!
That’s all for now, everyone — I plan on posting daily until all the photos are gone! Again, please email any snaps you might have taken of the day to: thebigthawportland at gmail dot com. Thanks!