WOW! It's June already and time for the "Festival Season" to begin! From Memorial Day weekend until September, you'll be able to find Janie's Closet at outdoor events throughout New York State. From the Finger Lakes Wine Festival to the Taste of the Track at Batavia Downs to the Arts and Music Celebration in Ellicottville and to Saratoga Springs during the very famous horse racing season, plus vending at the hottest summer spot in Buffalo, Canalside, this is my favorite time of the year! A time when I get to bring Janie's Closet to the community!
I'd be kidding if I didn't say it was also a lot of hard work! Event codes must be adhered to, tents set up and weighted! Packing up the car and moving the merchandise to the event site. Sometimes, you can drive right up to your location and unload and other times, you have to haul it! Plus at events, I add jewelry to my merchandise line, which adds to the set up time. Jewelry may be added to the online store as Janie's Closet grows, but for now it's limited to events! (Sorry, Jewelry lovers!) When, the event is over, you get to take it all down and load up the car again! Only by now, you're exhausted and just want to get home as quickly as possible!
Then, there's the weather! Hopefully, it's always a beautiful sunny day in the 70s, but that's my "dream" event and almost never the case. If there's the potential for rain (UGH!) or wind (DOUBLE UGH!), then the flaps to your tent need to be lowered to prevent your merchandise from getting soaked or your tent from getting blown to Kansas! The temps can soar into the 90s during the summer and by September, you could be in the 40s. Sometimes set up time is so early in the morning that you are forced to dress in layers as temps change throughout the day! I've been forced to be very creative in the removal and addition of my "layers."
But, I honestly love Festival Season! Meeting new people, connecting with new customers, re-connecting with past ones and bonding with your fellow vendors. We all put our hearts and souls into this very special time of the year!
Here's where Janie's Closet will be next weekend! The 31st Annual Albion Strawberry Festival! This year's Festival is dedicated to Charles W. Howard, who started the Santa Claus School in Albion in the 1950s and was Santa in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade for many years! This quaint village is having a statue made in his honor and this year's Festival will be named after him. Since Vendors are encouraged to decorate their booths for the holidays and to sell holiday-themed merchandise, come on out and get an early start on your shopping!
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