Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Monday, June 14, 2010

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Are ya kidding me?!...

I'm trying really hard to find a good venue
to get my Pondering....... store products out
in front of the public, in person.

I tried the local flea market. Big fail.
I've talked to numerous shop owners and cafe' type
places to see if they would buy products for re-sale or
possibly do a consignment arrangement. No go.
I've been looking around for local craft-type
shows and festivals. Found one for next weekend
that will be really, really nice and it's in the next town
only five miles away. But, I can't do it.

The entry fees made me choke.
First of all, it's a two day seafood and music festival
held in a beautiful park by the river.
The entry fee for non-food vendors is $250!
(They generously refund $100 if you clean up your
10'x10' space to their satisfaction.) Plus.... plus...
you must have a tent that is labelled "fireproof" and
you must have a fire extinguisher. Aaaaaaaaaand...
the festival hours for Saturday are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
and if you want to keep your tent open until 9 p.m.
you must have an electric light. To do that, you must
pay the city $50 for electric access... that will be
needed for about two hours. The hours on Sunday
are only 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. That is some mighty expensive
electricity. Damn.

I'd be looking at spending at least $400 just to be there.
(I don't have a tent or a fire extinguisher.)

Let's see... sell 26 shirts and two cards.
Or, 33 coffee mugs and one card.
Or, 22 hats and one card.
Or, 10 framed cards and 21 mugs.
Just.to.pay.back.the.basic.investment.

This appears to be about the norm for other shows like
this anywhere in the state. Bigger cities charge even more.
Add on travel and motel expenses if the city is far away.

My frustration level is about maxed out.

I wonder how long it would take me to get arrested if I
parked on the side of a busy road and simply sold out of
the back of my car? Oh, wait. There'd be a fee/fine for that, too.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

I don't remember where I found this...









(photo credit Sharon Montrose) thank you, Berry.

but s/he's pretty damned adorable.

This will have to do until I can loosen
the iron clamps that are squishing my brain.
There's so much going on in the world, with
friends and family, and in my life that I feel
blank inside even as I worry about it all.

I hate to feel like I have no control.


Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Whiney weather and one other bit of stuff...

Florida has killed Spring and embraced Summer.

When the humidity stays at 90% for a week it doesn't
matter that the temps are only in the mid-80s.
The air is muggy and heavy and sticky and it feels HOT.
I'll try not to whine too often in the next five months
but, I make no promises.

The one other bit of stuff... I'm trying a new product for
the Pondering....... store. Ladies tank tops. Plus, as an
enticement, there will be a card with matching design
at no extra charge and free shipping. Stay tuned.
ETA two weeks.

Happy June !