How many of you sell at outdoor summer festivals and shows?
This season has recently begun for most parts of the USA. Sellers have checked out their tents, packed their boxes and coolers, and are getting ready to sell or are in the swing of things. As a vendor at such a sale, you’ll see all manner of handcrafted product and yummy, albeit unhealthy food treats. If you’re fortunate, you’ll be treated with performances of live music. Festival goers are enjoying the sunshine and their surroundings, purchasing goods from crafters. You’re getting into the spirit of the day/weekend, and all is well.
Of course, the not-so-rosy picture of outdoor shows also emerges. It’s cold and rainy when you set up, the crowds are sparse and the band is loud and annoying. Things go from bad to worse. The wind picks up, it rains harder, and your tent is threatening to take to the sky. I read an account of a scenario even worse than that in Columbus, OH recently. The storm cell apparently developed at the show, and everyone was caught with virtually no warning. Tents flew and untold dollars worth of product were ruined, not to mention the hours spent and the original handwork of many artists, lost.
If you do outdoor summer sales, what have you learned that you can share with others? Do you have special tips for keeping product from melting in the hot summer sun? Ways of keeping product dry in the event of rain? How do you keep your tent anchored? What is in your show box?
My suggestion is to bring food and plenty of cold water. You’ll feel better if you can eat food from home when you’re hungry, rather than filling up on “fair food,” whenever you can sneak a few minutes, or go hungry because you don’t have time to leave your booth and stand in line.
What’s your tip to share?