Last weekend was my second time participating in the San Juan Capistrano Art Fair. Business was slower than molasses, so I took the opportunity to take a bunch of pictures while sitting with nothing to do. I kept an account of my thoughts while taking the pictures and came up with a rather helpful "Do and Don't" list.
See what you think:
When you get to the Fair waay early, DO walk around and take pictures of the Mission. The morning light was beautiful and even though it wasn't open, I could see over the walls pretty well.
Do take yummy snacks and books and magazines to discuss with your friend.
Do put on a thick skin. It helps during the time people say, "Honey, don't you want to get that domino necklace for your mom?" And Honey replies, "Naaaaaah."
Don't expect heavy foot traffic the day before Mother's day, like we did. It just wasn't there.
Here is a good one. Don't, by any means drop the "F" bomb on the person waiting outside the bathroom at Starbucks just because she tried the door handle to see if the bathroom was occupied. Especially if you are wearing a name tag that has "San Juan Capistrano Art Fair" on it. And your name.
Because we will find you.
When we find you, we will report you to the director of the Fair.
Just be glad we didn't buy any of your soap and wash your mouth out with it.
I thought my mother would appreciate this one. Do take a picture of how you can make your walker more festive and share those decorating ideas with someone who has one. Who needs a boring walker, anyway?
While noticing a mother and daughter interacting, do not gawk when the mother tells the daughter she is too young to wear black while the daughter is admiring children's hair bows. Especially when the mother is wearing mostly black. I know it's hard , but do not stare, it's not polite.
This next idea I thought would be especially helpful to all of you.
When you have only made $20.00 in 4 or 5 hours, it might be a good thing to rethink what you are selling. Do think about selling Italian Ices. Everyone seems to like those.
When a customer comes joyously running up to the booth next to yours and announces, "I found the BANK!!!!", do NOT be jealous. Green just isn't a pretty color on some people. Remember the thick skin? It really comes in handy.
The word "bargain" didn't seem to help, either. As in, "the price of the collage is $55.00, but I'm willing to bargain." I will say it helped in the sense that this time the woman didn't put it down and turn tail and run.
When the local musician is playing, and you can't hear your customers because their music is too loud, I'm thinking it would be a good idea to pull the plug on their equipment. WAIT!! I meant Do NOT pull the plug on their equipment. That wouldn't be nice, and you need to play nice.
I do think it's o.k. to have fun people watching.
This gal was adorable in these sandals (?).
So was this one:
I'm not sure how old you have to be to join the Red Hat Society, but I do hear when you join, you are old enough to wear purple and spit.
Plus you get to make your own hat. How much fun would that be??!
Wendy and I were trying to figure out what sport this gal played. I voted for beach volleyball.
And don't forget our furry friends need lots of shade!
Well, friends, feel free to take any part of this list and make copies of it for your next art fair experience.
My hope is that it will get you through your day with lots of laughter and a great outlook on life!