Tuesday, May 19, 2009

To The Market and Back!

(Peek at my booth)
Well, we did it! Over the weekend we showed at the Houston Urban Market for the first time.

I'm only now recovering enough to write about it. (I also had a kid who got sick on Monday).
It was quite an undertaking, I have to admit. Its funny that I never gave to much thought to the process of setting up a booth, whenever I was out shopping!
Both Paloma and I (and our handsome assistants) began setting up Saturday afternoon. Everyone was a little nervous because of some ominous looking skies, but we kept going. In fact, it did rain that evening, but
thankfully it mostly just cooled everything down. After that we returned early Sunday morning to finish preparing for the 9:00 opening.
Paloma's chairs were amazing! I can't believe I forgot to take more photos of the rest of them!
My two favorite guys were very helpful. Liam even set up his first display w/ his own cars! Of course I wasn't allowed to actually sell his cars. If you're wondering, Liam didn't hang out all day, Mark was a very accommodating babysitter.

Some of our blogger friends also made an appearance. It was great to see them!
Left: Lauren (Material Girls) and Paloma (La Dolce Vita) Center: Joni (Cote de Texas)
and her trustee Starbucks coffee. Right: Paloma and Courtney (Under a Paper Moon).
Unfortunately, I missed meeting Sarah of Jeune Marie. Sarah, I also missed meeting you at
Courtney's garage sale last month. Maybe we'll coordinate some day:)
I didn't have time to walk around very much, but I did find a couple interesting pieces I really loved. Including, what else; but a couple of amazing chairs!
I couldn't resist snapping shots of several interesting characters roaming around.
What surprised me was how willing they were for me to photograph them.
By the end of the day everyone was pretty worn out and I was wishing that I could be magically transported home.
I loved getting to meet several readers. I especially cracked up with a lady who called me by name to ask for a price and talked to me like we were old friends. That was fun! Thanks to everyone who stopped by and thanks to Paloma and Fabian for sharing a booth with me. Most especially I want to thank my wonderful husband for helping and supporting me. I had a great time and hope to do it again!


Paloma {La Dolce Vita} said...

You take the most incredible pictures (I look like poop)! We had a lot of fun, too. You and Mark were awesome booth partners and I was so happy to meet little Liam. We are sort of recovered, but now we have to make room for the leftover chairs and prep our house for the puppy we are getting on Saturday. It has been a busy couple of weeks!

Hope you have recovered and that Liam is feeling better

Cote de Texas said...

Seeing you and Paloma made my day, seriously. I don't know - I just feel such a kinship with the two of you and the ghost of Courtney! I think I always will. Ya know?!!!

Can't wait to see you again soon and sorry about that stinker getting sick. At least they behave when they don't feel good. :)

Ann said...

Wow!!! That looks so much fun. I loved the chairs and the amazing people you photographed. I especially love seeing the other bloggers:)

Courtney said...

Congrats guys!! I am so happy for you two and bet you were the talk of the market with your fine wares! Would have loved to have been there to support (and lend a helping hand) to you girls.

And Carolina, that last pic of you is fantastic! I love it.

Meg said...

I'm so sad I was out of town, looked like a great time. I'm sad I missed saying hi to everyone! You and Paloma should be so proud, that is such hard work, congrats! xx M

Sarah Danielle: Jeune Marie said...

You were at Courtney's sale too? Darn! I am so sorry we missed each other, and yes me must coordinate soon! Hopefully I will meet Joni one day as well!

Ps. I responded to your comment on my day at the market on my blog. You were so sweet to stop by and say hello - so thank you again! :)

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Carolina Eclectic said...

Hey everyone...thanks for all your great comments.
Liam is just fine now. Joni I'm so glad you came to visit and I wish Courtney could have been there too...that would have been so much fun!

Carolina Eclectic said...

Meg, sorry you couldn't make it, we'll have to do another lunch again.
Ann: Thanks so much, those chairs really were great.
Sarah: Next time we'll have to set an exact time to be at the same place, I guess;)

Sarah's Fab Day said...

I love this! I so wish I lived close so I could come check it out. It looks like my kinda sale.

www.designfabulous.com said...

Wow, that a great market place. I wish I had something like that here in Richmond, Va...sigh...What I could do with all that amazing stuff!

Lauren said...

These are awesome pictures! It was so fun seeing you guys!

Courtney said...

I know I said it that day, but you are so good with your photos! It was great to get to see you and to meet Mark.