This all started in January — when I got an email on Friday, January 4th from NewBo City Market confirming my market space for Sunday, January 6th.
I immediately went into a panic. I did NOT sign up for that… …or did I? A quick check on their market signup site answered that one quickly. Umm. Oops. I did. I had intended to sign up for the weekend before Valentines day. But somehow in my haste of checking prices and availability, I managed to sign up for the first Sunday in January as well.
I wasn’t going to back out, so I panicked instead. I called Las. I called Emily. I called my mom. And then I quickly had an ‘aha’ moment and remembered that my neighbor ran an event planning business, so I made plans to touch base with her for some serious help.
I’m a planner. I don’t do things at the last minute. Anyone that’s seen Averie’s birthday parties (here and here) knows this! Everything needs to color coordinate and look nice — nevermind the number of cookies I still needed to make, and the fact that icing takes up to 24 hours to dry, I didn’t even have a table to put them on!
So my neighbor rescued me, and I will be eternally grateful that I didn’t have to think about table coverings and plates and stands… And while she packed up some things for me to use on the tables, I spent 48 hours in a sea of cookies coupled with panic. I didn’t have labels, I didn’t have a sign saying who we were or how much they were, I didn’t even know what to charge!
In the end, everything worked out okay… but geeze I was stressed!
So that was the first market. Then there were some orders. Then we did a SECOND market, you know, the one I had already planned to do… *shaking head*.
I was much more organized the second time around. Averie had helped me make a banner, and I had all of the little things done that I knew I needed. I had ordered the tablecloths, I had bought runners and coordinating ribbons, I had plates of my own, I had labels and a heat sealer… All of my ‘OCD’ planning was (mostly) covered, and I was much less stressed out. Well, until we pretty much sold out right away on Saturday, but… I’m not complaining there 🙂
I’m going to imagine that our next time around will be the smoothest yet. We are still discussing when that will be yet, but I’m kind of missing it – and I’m ready to go back soon!! I didn’t do all that planning to only set it up once you know!! 🙂