Well, we're getting there. The crabbiness level has intensified but hopefully we are managing to hide it from our customers. This weekend might be my least favorite weekend of the year, though I'm sure I will fine once I'm in the middle of it. It doesn't help the crabbiness that everything snuck up on me. We've been so busy with out-of-town tourists at the shop, they I haven't done my usual level of prep work. Plus I got distracted with new projects.
But ready or not, Maxwell Street Days starts tomorrow (at our shop, 9 am - if you arrive at 8 am, I might make you help carry boxes). The office is a disaster area and if the fire department comes to inspect the back hallway, I will just have to beg them for mercy. Well, I will take the cardboard out today at least. I spent a little time in my sewing studio last week so I managed to sort out some bags of scraps. Some pieces could still be used for quilting, others are in that "too small to sew" category but might work for cloth buttons, fabric collages, or tiny Barbie napkins.
Technically, Maxwell Street Days is Friday and Saturday (8 am to 6 pm) and Sunday (10 am to 5 pm). There are many great deals to be had, even started today (Thursday). Anthology will be open 9 am to 7 pm on Friday and Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday. We will have our studio garage sale tables out on Friday and Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm. The tables will be filled with supplies we've received over the course of the year as artists clean out their studios. This year is particularly heavy on upholstery swatches. Perhaps next year I will follow through on my own intentions to clean out my studio spaces more thoroughly. Buy a bag for $5 and fill it up. All money collected at the outside tables will be donated to local youth arts organizations: the Art Cart, Monroe Street Fine Arts Center, Shirts that Supply, Lussier Community Center.
Inside the shop, our back table is filled with sale items (prices as marked). And, yes, only select items are on sale.
It promises to be a scorcher, as usual, but it's always a lively event downtown, and of course, the Farmer's Market will be back in its usual place after being bumped last weekend. We hope to see you soon!