There is nothing like a deadline. I am proud to say that I completed samples of my new products for my first trade show of the season fully 2 day before I boarded the plane for @IndieMarketBayArea. This is progress towards my New Year's goal of getting more sleep in 2019! In the past, as any good entrepreneur does, I have pulled 3am bedtimes or all-nighters before a deadline. Not this time - it's 2019.
I managed to carve out time BEFORE midnight to finish a bunch of our new reversible bucket bags and they were met with smashing success! They seem to have hit a chord. I flew into San Francisco (6 hours late), then stopped at the cutest East Bay Nursery in Berkeley. I spent too much time enjoying the huge array of succulents to behold. I enjoyed picking out a bunch in 4-6” pot sizes to merchandise the tubs as planters. I finally got to the amazing Craneway Pavilion to complete set up in a record 2 hours! (another deadline - YAY!)
Everyone who came by my booth was enthralled and delighted and placed orders for these so look for them soon in a store near you! I sold all my samples to the Marin Museum of Art as well.
After a delayed flight, and my shopping trip, I had successfully procrastinated in getting to the venue to set up my booth until 2 hours before they closed it, allowing me to learn that I can complete a set-up in exactly 2 hours. Old habits do die hard. I was, however, so flustered by then that I dropped my rental car keys in a bag (that I had already stapled to the wall of my booth). Instead of driving my rental car to the Airbnb as planned, I hailed a Lyft and had the best conversation with a hard-luck but coming-back driver who told me that my own hard luck of losing my keys meant that I had set myself up for a day of success tomorrow. Fortunately, he was right. My rep, Patty Plowman, came in the morning and announced that her grandmother had crowned her the “finder of lost things” and proceeded to pull the keys out of the pocket of the bag that I had already looked in 10 times.
The keys were found and the show was awesome and I loved being there.