Now the market’s over.

I’ve been noticeably absent from my blog for the last wee while ( what!! you hadn’t noticed my absence?) Anyway, I’ve been absent, whether noticed or not. I was so busy with being on the organising committee for the first Etsy Made Local market to be held in Tasmania that I hardly even had time to create for my own stall.

It was a roller coaster ride with a lot of last minute hurdles to overcome … I’m a diminuative 5’2″ ( I claim the 2″ but the fact is I’m shrinking and it’s more like 1″ these days) and those hurdles were a big stretch for me. The venue hirer changed the building on us due to a double booking with only days to go and we had to redraw stall plans and a whole lot of flow on effects to deal with.

The lowest point for me was when I went to lock up the building on set up day only to find that they had given me the wrong key. There I was , all on my own, in a building full of vendor’s stock and the faint whiff of goat, it was 8:30 , I’d had no lunch  or dinner and the person who had the key had turned off her phone for the weekend. I couldn’t leave as we needed the key to open up in the morning. If you had passed by on the highway around 9:30 you would have heard the hysterical sobbing of  woman preparing to sleep on a concrete floor after a long day of set up when all she wanted was a hot shower and a soft bed.

One of the committee member’s husband arrived an hour later , mounted on his white steed ( well – driving his 4WD) and sent me home whilst he manned the building. Bless him!!

The market turned out to be a great success for all with massive numbers of buyers and great sales but there are still those who want to focus on the negatives despite it being their biggest ever market success.

Next year I plan to just be a vendor, and to THANK the committee for their hard work and keep my negative snips to myself!!!


7 thoughts on “Now the market’s over.

  1. Being on an organizing committee is SUCH a double edged sword. Ultimately, when your event is as successful as yours you have the pleasure of basking in praise but the hurdles you have to overcome on the way to that success are I, generally and weak-bloodedly feel, left to others! Well done on getting there and winning against many odds and a special shout-out for your 4WD rescuer – officially the hero of the hour!

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    1. I’ve been so slack ( well so busy really) and am ashamed to reply after all this time! But – yes – committees are best left to someone else!!! Hope you’ve had a lovely Christmas 🙂

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  2. Now, if I was vindictive, I could hope that Karma gets her hands on those nay-sayers. But I try not to be, so I shan’t. It was great, you were great, stick your tongue out at them. Here’s to next year – stall-holder only.

    P.S and the title of this post made that old song “Now the Carnival is Over” pop into my head … on repeat.


  3. Ah lindy you had a rollercoaster. Well done and thanks to that man that gave u a bfeak. You are such a hard worker. P S. I too hav been busy glad to catch up with you . You are soooooo talented .


    1. It was a roller coaster! I was really glad for the man who gave me a break – it was very thoughtful of him. Hope you’ve had a wonderful Christmas and had a little chance to wind down. It was nice to hear from you 🙂


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