Serendipitous Show Scheduling

Sometimes opportunities fall into your lap, and it’s up to you to recognize and seize them even if they don’t seem convenient. Last night I was helping out at the GPC-Dunwoody Open House, just standing there talking to prospective computer science students. Suddenly the woman my department head was chatting with turned to me and said “Julia, are you doing my craft fair???” I had no clue who she was, and the question was so far out of context that it took me a moment or two to decipher the non sequitur. Allison had sent out an email a couple of weeks ago looking for students interested in participating in a craft fair, but I hadn’t paid a lot of attention since I’m not a student. As it turns out, she was looking for faculty, staff, alumni, whoever, to participate. Well, once I found that out, and that she wasn’t charging a table fee, it became a no-brainer. In fact, the show is on a Tuesday (December 4) during the last week of classes, and I have a suspicion that I just may be able to let my students have that day to work on their final projects and be there for the whole show.

Then last night I finally got an email back from Rick at Down the Street Bead Shows. I’d sent in a vendor request last weekend just in case there was space in the Atlanta show on the 17th and 18th. There is, so today I faxed a filled-out contract to them. My friend Mincot wants to do the show with me, so it’s a low-risk way for us to try this one out and see how it does.

I’ve been figuring that doing three to four local bead shows a year is a reasonable thing for me. Bead Mercantile in March worked well, but Jane didn’t do a fall show in Atlanta and doesn’t have anything definite on the books yet for 2008. Yes, Jane and I go back a long way, but with that schedule uncertain and no more than two shows a year here from them, I need to try out other options as well. Down the Street is at the Cobb Galleria, which is certainly much more convenient than all the Intergalactic Bead Shows at the Gwinnett Civic Center.

So I have two weeks to pull THIS show together, then two after that to pull together the GPC show. I do have plenty of merchandise for the first one, but after it I will probably take some of the remaining bead stock and actually put together finished pieces for the second one. Thank goodness for Thanksgiving break!