Country Living Fair in Columbus, Ohio 2017
Hello! Happy Wednesday. We arrived home from our trip to Columbus, Ohio with the Country Living Fair early in the week, exhausted and ready for sleep. If you've never been a vendor at a large antique + artisan show, it is just draining, but we are always filled with so much inspiration and energy to continue improving and changing our business. Speaking of which, we have so many amazing things planned for the next few months and even next year that we cannot wait to share as the days move along. For now, all I can say is that I will have some new products available on our website by later today. We do have more, but we sold out of them at the show, and therefore I cannot photograph them until we make more! Running this business is so crazy sometimes; I sometimes forget that we constantly welcome in new readers and shoppers who have no idea who we are, that we are only two women running the entire operation: making goods, photographing them, answering questions, fulfilling orders, and writing this blog. There are no special fairy helpers to take photos of our things and send them off to you! Ha! If only there were - maybe one day. Also... we have a special little announcement about a new product adventure. Eeek! If you are a newsletter subscriber, check your inbox! You won't believe this! I'll just say one word: herbs!
We had such a blast at this show. It was a little intense - I don't think we sat more than 20 minutes entirely Friday and Saturday, Sunday having a nice lull of a crowd, which we were grateful for. Here are a bunch of photos from our weekend!
Every market is so different for us. I remember toting goods with Jill (my mom, for those of you new people) from a young age. I believe my earliest memories are somewhere around four-years-old, sitting inside our booth among all of her illustrations hand painted on tins and signs. Hand painted, people! Each individual piece. Now we have the amazing system of being able to print her artwork on all sorts of products! I have been dreaming up a process video on how we make our products to share with you all; would you like something like that? It was fun doing an Instagram story a while back on how we made our little Cut-n-Sew Farmer Bears! Our items have always changed and evolved, and I find that they still remain to as we grow ourselves. We are a family of intense dreamers, and we try our hardest to reach for those dreams!
The Country Living Fair is always a place to start dreaming. We've always met some pretty amazing people there, and we can see our customers face to face, which is such a wonderful surprise. Selling products online can be scary; you really don't know much about the person on the other side of the screen, for seller and customer, and you are hoping they receive your products well. It's pretty cool to see our demographic entering the tent and leaving with something they love. Such a pleasure as well to meet our readers in person. Like the coolest feeling in the world.
The Ohio show is located at their historical village, which is such a pretty setting! The booths were lined up among the historical town buildings, and it felt like a quaint little town having an annual festival. I so badly wanted to walk inside their village homes and shops, but they had them closed off for the weekend. It makes sense, but I was still a little sad! I wish we had had more time to take photos of ourselves in the village, but only one of us could leave the booth at a time. Where was our entourage!?
We took the advice from y'all on where to eat and which parts of town to see, and we had so much fun on our evenings off! Truthfully, we only made it out one night of the time we were there because our feet hurt so badly, and we were absolutely exhausted, BUT THAT ONE NIGHT - we had fun. We went to the cutest little cafe called Northstar Cafe in the Short North. So cute! And they even treated us to our dinner, which was absolutely shocking and amazing. Thank you, Northstar!!! Still a little in disbelief about that. Afterwards, we headed over to the German Village and checked out the Book Loft. 32 rooms of books upon books upon books, stacked to the ceiling, and so little room you could hardly walk. There many traffic jams inside - LOL. It was awesome. It was a more complicated version of The Haunted Bookshop here in Iowa City. I love going there due to their comfy chairs always filled with a fat, happy cat. And it's secondhand, which I like better.
I have so many photos from this weekend, and I hate to overwhelm you with them all, but as you can see it was filled with so much beauty! We had a blast, met some amazing customers and vendors, and traveled home feeling filled with joy. I still feel like I need sleep, but we're making it through the week one day at a time. Definitely check back in a couple of hours to see our new products, and subscribe to the newsletter if you'd like reminders when we drop those things. I try to only send product reminders/drops/sales and one letter a month about blog updates! (:
Will you be at Country Living Fair in Atlanta, Georgia? Can't wait to see you there!