I've been in Walla Walla the past 8 days, 5 of which I have been helping my BFF Cori get ready for the "Love of Junk" sale which was being held for the first time just about a mile from her house. There is always a mad rush of activity getting ready for these types of shows, so I try to come a bit early to help her put the finishing touches on some of her pieces. I had also worked on a few small pieces of my own prior to arriving.
Sunday through Wednesday we painted, waxed, stacked, and priced the pieces we wanted to bring. Then on Thursday, we set up our space after making seven trips with the van and truck to bring it all to the venue. I wish I would have taken the time to take pictures of the venue, as it was such a great place to hold this type of event. Lots of red barns, a large grassy area with big shade trees and picnic benches and several yummy food vendors.
By late Thursday night, we had set up and tried to get some quality sleep as we knew that Friday would be a long twelve hour plus day. The crowds were great, and we had a continuous parade of customers throughout the morning and lunch time hours. The afternoon died down a little bit, but picked up for the after work crowd.
At 7pm we shut down for the day and dragged our tired bodies back home to rest up for the Saturday buyers. Back at it again at 8am, we watched as bit by bit of just about all the small items we had were picked over. Towards the end of the day, the big pieces starting flying out of the booth with last minute shoppers. We were oh so happy to have only three trips to take what was left back to Cori's house.
All in all, for a first time event it was ran beautifully, and I'm sure Cori will want to participate in it again next year. For now, she will be busy trying to coordinate her own sale at her Cottage on the Hill. We were able to get quite a few vendors interested in selling there in September, along with a food vendor. I'm sure it will be a great event on her second year of putting on her own show in the Walla Walla area. For updates on the event you can check out the Facebook page Cottage on the Hill Autumn Sale