Friday, November 14, 2008

The part of Quilt Market no one talks about...

The funny thing about Market is that no one seems to talk about what happens before or after. I guess that is due to how fun the during is!
I can compare it to is childbirth. Ya, it is fun making "them", but then you have stretch marks, lack of sleep, poopy diapers.....need I say more?

I thought I would show you some of the after pictures of our booth area. (thanks, Jen)
I was glad she did not have her camera when I was stuck on the crate full of uprights and table covers! Once the salesmen have gone! the quilts are taken down!

A very clean shot of the area...............the trashy side is out of picture range

The moda crates. We pack and ship 2- 18 wheelers full of TREASURES! 110 chairs and chaircovers, 40 some odd tables, water and snacks to make sure our salesreps are nourished. Sometimes we don't even let them go to the bathroom. (Note to self: Pack an outhouse to go behind the uprights)


Some of the quilt samples ready to be packed up!
The most amazing thing about it all is............ it takes us 2 very long days to set it up and less than four hours to take it down. This year we had some help from our Australian friends, Patrick and Shane, so we finished in record time, 2 hours and 45 minutes. Kuddos to the crew.....you know who you are!!
I use to be obsessed about winning a prize for the best booth but I soon learned to it hard to keep a neat, cute booth with 40 salespeople with 40 trash cans!! Imagine 40 people in your house for a weekend. Opps that makes me think of the upcoming Thanksgiving at my house!
So officially I give myself a prize according to the following:
Did all "the kids" get along?
Did anyone have to go to the hospital? we were close this time only 1 wheelchair was involved but no ambulance. thank you nurse, Amy
So, I officially can say WE won "the prize".



7 comments:

  1. Hi Lissa,
    thanks for sharing that photos...wow, it's incredible what you all did for market...!
    Cheers, Julia

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  2. LOL!!! Love your blog and great post! I don't know what I like best, the analogy between childbirth and market or the "the kids" getting along and someone getting hurt?

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  3. Surely looks like tons of fun work! What could be better? :o)

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  4. You guys WORK! I saw you and Deb, right there in the thick of it all stuffing things in the crates! You guys rock! And, it was a beautiful booth.
    mary

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  5. Lissa says.....

    (Note to self: Pack an outhouse to go behind the uprights).....

    ..... now I never will have to leave (the booth) during the show :-) !

    Great job with the Moda Fabrics booth Lissa, as always!

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  6. I just always am amazed how it takes so long to get ready and then within a blink of an eye its all packed up again. I love all your booths but the one I really remember as the most amazing was the one probably 10 plus years ago when you had Folk Art wedding and there was tulle and white wire garden fencing around the top of the booth.. I'll never forget that, genius. I came home and jammed some of that fencing and tulle around my daughter's room to capture that idea. Of course fyi in real life.. huge dustcatcher. You always inspire me with your work!

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  7. I am not a criminal. I am not a criminal. I am not a criminal.

    But if I were... I'd plan me a big Ocean's 11 style hijacking of two very special container tucks!

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