I’m always unsure what to expect at new venues – and this was no exception, even though I visited the Bazaar last year, its first in this location. Loading in through a side door with a step was something of a pain, and unloading in a cold steady rain was pretty unpleasant. Electricity was scarce, and since it’s held in a ballroom, the lighting leaves a lot to be desired – assuming I do this next year, I may want to do some experimenting with small battery powered LED lamps to light my table. Forty Five vendors were scheduled to be there (4 didn’t show up). It was not a rousing success for me, but it seemed to me that shoppers were on a fairly tight budget, and it never seemed like there was an abundance of shoppers at any one time.
Still, it’s nice to get out once in a while and mingle. I got to meet two people I know online. One is Elayne, who was there representing 4 Paws for Kender, one of the Ball’s charities this year – her son Kender is blind and has autism, which complicates getting a seeing eye dog, but 4 Paws for Ability will be training a dog for him next year (4 Paws for Ability asks each candidate to raise a little more than half of the money needed to train their dog). The other person I got to meet in person is Rowan Moss, author of the Pagan Children’s Learning Series. She’s written three books, with more planned. I picked up all three books and will be reviewing them in the future.
I’m not sure how much vending I’ll be doing in the future – it’s very difficult to line up childcare these days, and leaving my husband with the littles for a whole weekend isn’t really fair to anyone.