Our alarm clock blasted rock music at 5:15 yesterday morning. Both Brian and I wantd to sleep in, but we rolled out of bed. We had to have the truck unloaded and Alegna Soap® set up at 8 am for the annual fair at Argyle Lake. To save time, the truck was already packed with my tent, tables and soaps. We left the house at 6:30. arrived at Argyle Lake at 7 and we were ready for business by 8.
Selling at an event is hard work. Physically, emotionally and mentally. Physically, soap is heavy, and tents are difficult to set up. You don’t get to drive up to your spot and unload, you park the car and carry everything to your assigned area. Emotionally, it hurts when people walk by and you hear a comment like “I wouldn’t pay $7.00 for a bar of soap!” And mentally, adding up prices in my head keeps my brain in shape.
It was a perfect day- not too hot, not too cold, and a nice breeze. And I even got Brian to wear a pink Alegna Soap® apron! Shoppers started coming around 9 and by 11, the park was mobbed. We were lucky to have a corner spot with 3 open sides, but that meant I needed Brian to stay all day to help. It was non-stop people for the next 4 hours. I had people waiting to talk to me. I’m so grateful Brian was able to stay.
Around 3pm it got slower, but by no means was it slow. We had a few minutes between customers and I had time (and was grateful) to use the gross port-a-potty. (This is the ONLY time a soap maker will use an anti-bacterial gel!).
By 6 the event was over and the truck was packed for home.We were both beyond exhausted, but had enough energy to go out to dinner to one of our favorite restaurants to celebrate a great day.
Once we got home, we emptied the truck and I just dumped all the bags in my soap studio. They are still waiting for me to unpack. I had no energy last night and I’ll get to them as soon as I finish this.
This week I’m grateful for the amazing weather we had yesterday. The annual fair at Argyle Lake is one of my favorite events because the park is so beautiful and the weather made the day perfect.
I’m grateful Brian stayed with me to help me sell. I know he isn’t comfortable with it, but he does such a great job and my customers love him.
I don’t know where it came from, and I paid for it today, but I’m grateful for the energy I had yesterday.
Last, I’m so grateful for my customers who came by to say hello.
What are you grateful for today?
Yours in Gratitude,