I am such a schedule addict, and rely a lot on a pretty strict routine: I do the same things at the same times 5 days a week (I even eat the same thing everyday). Then, my weekend routine is to get up early (I can’t sleep in later than 6-6:30…) and drink a couple of “pots” of coffee while reading leisurely for several hours. I don’t normally make a lot of plans for weekend mornings, so I can enjoy hours of un-interrupted reading/me time. At least on Saturdays.
This past weekend I was up and out super-early as a vendor at the Boho Market at the Dallas Farmer’s Market, so I missed my weekend down-time, which makes this feel less like a Monday than usual. But it was absolutely worth it.
I honestly didn’t have very high expectations, and I didn’t have long to put together a really nice booth, so it was sort of meager comparatively speaking. I wanted to earn back what I paid to have a booth, but I knew the SLOWRE concept would be a hard sell at a market such as this. “USED clothes for how much $$$?” Was a concern/question I thought I’d run into a lot, but in reality I didn’t. Most of the visitors strolled past my booth without even looking, but the people who saw something that interested them and took the time to wander in and listen to my spiel (which I kept short and sweet – didn’t want to be lecture-y!) were really excited to have found something like this, and tended to keep looking. At the end of the event, I made much more than I thought I would, and even more than that, I hope I made some good local/long-term connections.
I met so many wonderful people, and had such lovely conversations it would have been worth doing just for that. I was really not sure what to expect, but I kept an open mind let everything just happen, taking it all in, enjoying the interactions for what they were, and couldn’t be happier with how things turned out. (funny how that happens, right? when you let go of expectations, and live in the moment, just enjoying it for what it is RIGHT NOW, everything just falls into place…)
I need to remember to do that more often.
Anyway, I just wanted to share that with you, and let you know how the weekend went – I’ll be back to “regular” posting tomorrow. And also remind you that SLOWRE takes consignment and I would be happy to take your excellent condition pre-loved items! Stock is pretty depleted now, after the market, although I do have a couple of new things going up this week.
I will definitely do more markets and pop-up shops of this sort going forward, and would love to even travel and host events around the country (even Canada maybe???) if anyone knows any good markets or shops I could attend – I’d even rent a small empty space, or rec-room in someone’s apartment building for a pop-up! I’m open to anything 🙂 I just want to get the word out and meet as many people as possible.
Happy Monday everyone!! I hope you have a beautiful day and week ahead.
So happy it worked out well for you!!!
Grechen Reiter says
thanks kelly – it was so much fun 🙂
Yay!! I’m so glad it went well. I’ll keep my eyes/ears open for opportunities in Austin 🙂
The shop where I work signed up for a weekend market once and I totally agree that it would have been worth it just for the conversation. We did better than expected, too, but it was a lot of work, so we haven’t been back.
Glad your experience was good. The concept of Slowre is one I’d hoped would eventually exist, so I’m happy to hear it’s going well.