Last weekend my friend Michie and I packed her little Kia to the limit and headed on down to Chattanooga, TN to be vendors at a new, 2 day show called Chatty Crafty. As we hit a patch of freezing snow we considered that maybe the decision to do a 2 day, OUTdoor show in November might not have been the smartest idea ever, but we had loud music and junk food on our side and we were ready to roll!
We had to be all set up in Renaissance Park on the North Shore by 9am on Saturday so we were up and at 'em, freezing our fingertips off, setting up the booth in 32 degree weather at 7am. WooHoo! It was super blustery all day and we had to tie everything down so it didn't blow away and it never really warmed up. We froze, but the company was amazing!
Monster bags and Boo Boo Beasties from my booth...
The booth across the aisle from me was also from Asheville, called Let's Be Friends. Her shop is empty right now, but that's because she has taken all of her amazingness on the road!
ReUse First came all the way down from Chicago and we were so glad they did. They use all sorts of reclaimed items to make new and fabulous things. I could have spent WAY too much money in there. My personal favorites are the Bingo notebooks and small sketch pads made from old flash cards and vocabulary books. It is a notebook geek's wonderland, I promise you. And they are pretty much the nicest people on the planet to boot.
We had some local girls down the way from Mister Other One with some super awesome hair bands, clippies and jewelry. Many Mario references were made and we were pretty much in love by the time the weekend was over.
I am super bummed that I didn't jot down this shop name because their stuff was really great. It reminded me a lot of my friend Jenifer out in Portland. Super stylized paper dolls and button sets. Love.
Linty Fresh killed me with this scissors hoody, and I'm linking you to a t-shirt version of the deisng that rocks pretty hard, too.
By the end of the first day we were all tired and ready to hop under covers and settle in for the night, but not before testing out this amazing sliding hill that was smack dab in the middle of everything. All day we had watched kids drag pieces of cardboard to the top and slide down, whooping and hollering all the way. As soon as we got a warm drink in our bellies we headed over. Felicia and Adam from Let's Be Friends win the way-too-cute award getting ready to slide on down that thing...
Thanks to everyone who came out and braved the chill to support hand made this holiday season! As the shopping season progresses and the big box stores try to lure you in with door prizes and 'roll backs', please remember to put your money where your heart is and shop local and hand made!!!