…and we’re back!
Wow. Lexington was amazing -the weather turned out fine, if a little cold. It was the largest show we’ve ever been to (they’ve estimated 25,000+), and it completely justified the time we’ve put in over the past couple of months. We tend to say this for every show, but it should be understood that we really, truly mean it…the people we met were all fantastic. At the end of the day, they’re the reason we do what we do – those expressions of surprise and delight make everything worth it.
While we did get more pictures of the booth, the sun was behind it in the morning and most of the others didn’t come out.
We left PA on late Wednesday afternoon and stayed the night in Morgantown, WV. Thursday we arrived in Lexington around noon. Getting everything into the convention center was…challenging. Our vending spot was the absolute furthest it could be from the load-in area – Rupp Arena is HUGE.
It should be noted that the diagram shows the ground floor…we were in the third-floor vending area. Well, at least we now have the experience of using a (huge) freight elevator. The only time it was annoying was on Sunday morning when the Professor left his coffee in the van and had to walk back out for it. According to Google Earth, it was ¼ mile each way.
After getting the booth set up, we went to lunch and then checked into the AirBnB where we were staying. We normally like to stay in the venue hotel, but it was far more expensive than the (little) house we rented. It was only about two blocks away from the arena, and it was nice to have a real kitchen for those all-important sammiches and a real living room in which we could collapse lifelessly at the end of each day.
Friday night was moderately busy, and Saturday was insane. Sunday started out slow, but got much busier – at one point we had three customer orders waiting to be packaged; several people adopted multiple Critters.
Breakdown took us about an hour. Thanks to a gracious security guard and one of the other vendors lending us a cart, we were able to snag a space in the loading area and get everything back down and out in just two trips. It’s funny how much longer the walk was on the last one…
Overall, it was utterly exhausting and exhilarating at the same time.
A few random bits…Sterling made a new friend.
We took a family portrait of all four sizes of copper horse. Anya, Anyanka, Halfrek, and Fionna.
Previously Anya had stood on an old trunk, but it was far too unwieldy and took up too much space in the van. Now she has a brandy-new custom table with folding legs. There’s a fabric skirt which folds up and gets tucked into a bag underneath for transport, so it’s completely self-contained. Much easier to deal with.
These are just a few of the Critters that found forever homes.
On Thursday we found out that we’d be able to sign up for next year on Sunday morning, and we were initially concerned that we would not be busy enough to make that decision by then. Needless to say, the Professor was in line at 9AM Sunday, application in hand.
Can’t wait for next year!