Well, I'd say that was a successful Maxwell Street Days. We had a great Friday and Saturday, made people happy with good deals and cleared some space in the office. Then on Sunday we had our studio garage sale (pictured above) and as a result will be donating about $500 to local youth arts organizations. We had a couple family groups come by with kids who spent a lot of time pouring over our garage sale goods - one adorable pair of sisters who kept exclaiming: "this will be perfect! This is just what we need!" - and someone towards the end on Sunday who was so happy to score some library catalog cards to help decorate her apartment. I've calculated that this is my 15th or 16th Maxwell Street days, which is a lot of hours in the hot sun and/or toting boxes in and out. It was definitely made more bearable by the work of our part-timers, and the weather was in our favor as well.
Now one part of me is totally exhausted and ready for a break, and another part of me is anxious to organize and deal with the space that has opened up. Besides Maxwell Street Days, our summer sales have continued apace, which means I have a few empty drawers and shelves. Good thing, too, because Christmas orders will start to arrive and, at the moment, I have places to put things. But it would be good to do that in a manner which is less haphazard than it has been. I will be heading to Point Beach for my annual getaway at the end of August, but until then, it is high tourist season downtown. I feel like I'm just barely keeping on top of stocking t-shirts, but at least we have plenty of vendors to choose from. This week, the Wi/Mn hugging and Midwest is Best shirts arrived.
As far as other arrivals go, Sachi is super excited about these notecards which came all the way from Australia. She's been wanting to order them for a while. I only made her wait because there were so many cards coming in from our trip to the Stationery Show, but now I feel like a mean sister because I made her delay so long. Ah well, at least now she has plenty.
We also received these sweet sewn fabric headbands and also fun comic book pint glasses.
Also, cool art supply wrapping paper
and fun party utensils.
In other Christmas news, I think I've figured out a plan for the window and I also went through the list of vendors for the draft Christmas budget so now we have a plan for orders for the next few months. Meanwhile, Sachi got her cheese curd onesie design printed and it has met with great success. She's still working on some new Gocco card designs, as well as designs for other shirts/prints/totes. The competitive sibling in me feels the need to respond. I do have some graphic design ideas rumbling around in my head, as well as the oft-mentioned need to get back to Photoshop. Perhaps soon. I do have several upcoming workshops at the libraries to prepare for as well.
And otherwise, summer has been flying by - many hours spent watching the girl practice her jumps into the pool, strolling with my parents... I was feeling critical of myself for not accomplishing as much as I did 5 years ago but realize that my workday is substantially busier with customers than it was. Still, I do need to finish up some projects and restock the shop for the holidays. Also, get to work on that baby quilt and Christmas gifts, whatever those are going to be. I'm close to catching up on my Blurb books so I am feeling a little less overwhelmed about that project. In all, the slightly panicked and totally overwhelmed feeling that I had in late spring has abated somewhat, just in time for Christmas!