So yesterday was the first annual Front Street Art Festival in downtown Ballston Spa. Originally, myself and Gwen had opted not to attend, as we were unsure about the whole thing (there were a lot of questions). However, when friend and fellow dancer L came forward, asking if we wanted to join her since she had gotten space, that changed things. Gwen already had a trip planned for the weekend at this point, but I was free. So, after some discussion I decided I would go and be booth buddies with L, and Gwen helped me prep for it. After all, I wasn’t about to ask her to cancel her trip since originally we hadn’t planned on doing this particular craft fair.
The fair itself was interesting, to say the least. Due to the location, we were on pavement, meaning there was no way to anchor the canopy tent down. For the morning, this was okay. It was a little breezy, enough to make us slightly nervous, but nothing came of it aside from it knocking over L’s top-heavy displays. It wasn’t until afternoon that the fun really began.
Since there were rain storms in the vicinity (but they all missed us), the breeze picked up… along with the tent. So for at least half of the day, L and I were standing, holding onto the tent to make sure it didn’t fly away. At one point tent legs did leave the ground, and luckily a kind gentleman helped us grab the tent. Along with the tent, most of our displays hit the ground. So once we secured the tent with some traffic cones (the street didn’t need them like we did), we tore down any display that could take off with the wind. We were done with pick up product off the ground, because that’s just not cool.
Even with our two traffic cones, we still had to help weigh the tent down at times. Suffice to say my upper back, shoulders, and arms do not care much for me today.
Despite this challenge, we had a very good time. Both of us met a lot of fun people, and sales were on-par for what I’d expect at this event, being the first and all. It was also very good to see the family and friends who made their way out, always love to see them at these things! Just showing up to show your support means a lot! Thank you so much to those of you who do that! <3
So, overall, I’d say it was a really excellent day. And L is interested in being our booth buddy from here on out where she can, so expect to potentially see three lovely ladies selling their wares like gypsies down the line! L makes some fabulous headbands (think big, big Rachel Brice style bands) and barefoot jewelry. I’d link you to a page with her stuff, but she doesn’t have one (yet)! I’ll put some peer pressure on her. 😉
So yes, thank you to all who came! Looking forward to the next one! I’ll try to be good and remember to share on here about it as well. But you will always find the updates on Facebook, so give us a like and stay in touch. <3
Here are some photos from before, and then after, the wind. Morning to afternoon, basically.