The day of the BBQ finally came and boy, am I glad it is over! I tend to worry about things way too much and this was no exception.
The days leading up to the BBQ, I was up late every night frantically making more Hairblooms. "Melmo" entertained Claire more than I would want to admit to and every waking moment where I could squeeze in time I worked on getting things ready.
The morning of the BBQ, I was so upset. It was storming (like it had for the last 3 years on BBQ day) Thankfully, Anita from church let me borrow their EZ Up tent. Josh and some youth helped me set up the tent and table and then I worked on laying things out how I wanted. (if there is a next time I would like to have walls - it looks messy being able to see through into my neighbors' booths. As I was doing so, it began to POUR rain. It rained and rained and water was pooling up on the roof of my tent. I had already hung the clothing that I was selling on a clotheslines around the outside of the tent and water was dripping off of them by the time the rain stopped.
The wind then picked up which was a nuisance but luckily I had weighted my poster signs pretty well so they only fell down a couple of times.
People started to show up after the rain was gone but I know that many more would have come if the day had been nice. (or halfway warm)
I was really surprised at the number of Hairblooms that didn't sell and the number of dresses that did. I was not planning on selling any dresses - The most expensive one was $5 just because I wanted them gone. I ended up selling about half of them.
Between helping me set up my booth, playing in the band and setting up / overseeing the youth booths, Josh was very busy.
My MOPS group had a booth too. They did face painting, a raffle and had a changing station set up for the public. I wish I could have helped but I was the only one to man my booth for the whole day.
As you can see, the sun did eventually shine and the day was not a total bummer. I had a really good time and I was glad I got as much business as I did. I ended up making over $250 but I didn't even sell half of my inventory. I am thinking I will do it again now that I don't have to stress and make anything else next time. We'll see. But if you still need a Hairbloom, there are plenty available.