Our Fourth Hen

September 27, 2016

We are counting down the days to our Three Speckled Hens Antiques and Old Stuff Show this weekend on October 1-2, at the Paso Robles Event Center! Online ticket sales will close this Friday before reopening at the gates at 7:30am on Saturday morning. Grab your tickets now to beat the line and get straight to shopping!

 

As the anticipation for the show mounts, we thought now would be a perfect time to share the inside scoop on our beloved fourth Hen, Lettice. After posting our Alameda blog last month, we received a lot of questions about who exactly this fourth Hen is. If you are a dealer at our shows, you know that Lettice handles most of our computer work. Her penchant for orderliness and tech knowledge makes her the steam engine that keeps our Hen train rolling down the track! Multiple spreadsheets of dealer information, ticket-processing systems, inventory, and our amazing group of show staffers are just some of the many tasks that Lettice tackles for us. Without Lettice, the Three Speckled Hens train would have derailed long ago!

Lettice came to us naturally. As the childhood friend of Hen Susi, the two could share enough stories about their years together and antics at Marlborough, a private girls' school in Los Angeles, to fill a novel or, better yet, a Lifetime movie! I find myself in hysterics when they tell of their teenage adventures in Los Angeles, Catalina and even Europe! The photo above is of Susi and Lettice at their high school graduation.

Lettice met the love of her life, Jeff, at 14 years old. They went steady until they tied the knot when she was 20 years old. Lettice worked while Jeff finished his college degree. Soon after, they welcomed a baby boy, Wes, followed by twins, Blake and Julie, 20 months later. You can imagine how this kept Lettice on her organizational toes!

 

As their children grew, Lettice participated in their school activities, quickly becoming the PTA president. Following this role, Lettice became a volunteer for the American Red Cross. In typical Lettice style, she quickly rose to the position of chapter coordinator for disaster relief. With this position, Lettice coordinated services and aid at temporary shelters for displaced disaster victims. She even volunteered for a three-week stint coordinating shelter in West Virginia following a devastating flood. This amazing gal can organize a hurricane! 

In 2008, Lettice and Jeff moved to Templeton. The Three Speckled Hens show had one year under its belt, and Lettice offered to help in any way that she could. Susi, Carrie and I had the passion and the vision for the show and utilized our skills in public relations and marketing to get things off the ground, but we lacked the spreadsheet and organizational skills to keep all of the data handy. We don’t know where we would be today if it wasn’t for Lettice’s support.

 

We are so very grateful to have someone with her qualities on our team and more importantly, as a friend. So when you come to the next Three Speckled Hens show and you see Lettice, be sure to stop and give her a big high five just for us!

The Three Speckled Hens,

Kathy, Susi and Carrie

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