We have more than survived the 12 days of Christmas mayhem at the 2013 Southern Christmas Show! We have been back for two days and spent most of the time unpacking and sleeping. Ah! The recap? It was near perfection. I couldn’t have asked for it to have gone better or more smoothly.
Early wednesday morning we pulled out of our driveway with both our vehicles and a U-Haul trailer. It was tight to get everything in but we managed. Hundreds of tote bags and pillows take up an amazing amount of space! We made the two hour trip, only stopping to tighten the tarp once and to grab coffee and breakfast.
When we arrived it was a mad-house. Many businesses had been there for a few days to set up and were putting final touches on their displays. And others, like us, had just arrived. These photos make me smile. The painters working. Us assembling. Undressed mannequins. The entire place was in utter chaos mere hours before the opening night.
We scurried around and were set up right on time. After finishing we ran over to our rented townhome to unload our suitcases, food, high chair, pack-and-play, etc. Anyone else weird like me and take photos of the places you stay? I want to vividly remember the past 15 days.
Then Kathy (Jeff’s rock-star of a mom), Cora, and I literally threw on some different clothes and headed back to the show with minutes to spare. This photo reminds me how crazy it was. I look a tad frazzled. ha!
Overall, I was happy with how our booth turned out. It changed and evolved over the course of the 12 days depending on which product we focused on each day but overall it looked somewhat like this photo below.
It was a nice surprise to be awarded third place for tent design! Seeing all the other spaces gave me ideas to do even better next time.
Overall, we did quite well at the show and sold much of the product we brought. We are very thankful! God did so much for us through the week. We were praying that none of us would get sick due to the long hours and lack of a normal schedule and God answered that prayer. It was special to have done this as a family—a memory-maker for sure! Jeff did everything and anything and worked sunup to sundown most days. Jeff’s mother was instrumental. We couldn’t have done this without her. Besides helping in the booth many times, she also stayed at the townhome with the kids and did their schoolwork with them. She also kept us well fed by having good hearty meals ready when we pulled in way after dark each night. The kids also worked very hard. Noah carried many many boxes. Cora spent many hours at the show taking the money and swiping credit cards. Might I brag that she sold out of every single garland that she crafted for the show? So proud of her. And little Judah slept and ate and slept and ate like a good little boy. ;)
Last, but definitely not least, the women from our life group at church came out for a few hours each…on the busy first Saturday no less. And my good friend, Shelly, spent almost the entire final Saturday helping me. Thanks friends!! I appreciated it very much.
A final thanks to all the customers who came to my booth and brightened my day. I hope you enjoy your purchases and your gift recipients enjoy their Christmas gifts!