Our first craft show at His Place went pretty well. We were competing with Mt. Pleasant's hosting of "Shipshewana on the Road." I don't normally buy a lot at craft shows where we have a booth, but across from us yesterday was a lady from Middleton who made the cutest purses! The workmanship and the prices were irresistible.
We haven't taken inventory yet, but I suspect that our sales were pretty well evenly split between mixes and primitives. It's funny because when we have a straight across set up where our tables are all in a row, people are always startled to realize that after they buy their mixes, they continue on to candles, soap, and other needfuls.
Today I will be hosting a marathon caramel corn making. Melisa and Anna will be doing that. I will be holed up in my quilting room with stockings to steam and stockings to knit. So far we have taken orders for over 90 stockings. Our official record last year was 144 (but I think we did a few more than that). We like to beat our own records.
I have much organizing and purging to do in my basement dungeon - ooops - workroom. Yesterday's breakdown after the craft show was the most efficient we've had - at least in my section of the booth. We were broken down and on the road in 50 minutes. We are always the last to finish, but then we are always the largest and most diversified display. Nicola brought up a dolly and my brother-in-law gave us a hand truck and that took a lot of the backbreaking, multi-trip load up so much easier and quicker. We're never going to be the first ones out of any craft place just because of the size of our operation. It's gratifying to see us streamline and make our business more efficient. I need to remember to bring my camera! I always forget to take a picture of our booth.
Word of the day:
Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Today the Church celebrates : St. Godfrey, Bishop (1066-1115), Blessed John Duns Scotus, O.F.M. (c.1266-1308)
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 12:38-44.
In the course of his teaching he said, "Beware of the scribes, who like to go around in long robes and accept greetings in the marketplaces, seats of honor in synagogues, and places of honor at banquets. They devour the houses of widows and, as a pretext, recite lengthy prayers. They will receive a very severe condemnation." He sat down opposite the treasury and observed how the crowd put money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents. Calling his disciples to himself, he said to them, "Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury. For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood."
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