Our 10th anniversary show was a huge success! We delighted in the accolades from our dealers and guests alike. We want to give a huge thank you to our incredible staff that made the show go on without a hitch. Even the half inch of rain on Saturday night did not dampen anyone’s spirits! With towels in hand and a ‘Show Must Go On’ attitude, Sunday proved to be just as successful. Sundays’ attendance, like Saturdays’, was a record high! What more could we ask for?
We are often asked if we get to enjoy a long rest before the next show. Preparation for our fall show actually begins during the cleanup of the spring show. Today we are sharing a behind-the-scenes look at what happens after the gates close on a Three Speckled Hens Antiques and Old Stuff Show.
After our final guests trickle out of the gates, treasures in hand, there is the immediate sorting and packing away of all our equipment in our trailer. We begin by doing inventory on our Hen House Mercantile merchandise. Did the tank tops sell? What was the hottest selling sweatshirt? How many wine glasses are left?
Our next item to tackle at the end of the show is the staff and dealer aprons. They all need to be washed, dried and folded in preparation for our next show. The knick-knacks, random coins, candy wrappers and curious odds n’ ends found in the apron pockets are always a source of wonder, and sometimes amusement! The next task at hand is the banners. We make sure they are all taken down, folded carefully and tucked away in the trailer.
Before relaxing, we always like to make sure the paperwork is settled for our next show. Are the new contracts for the next show up to date and ready to go out? What changes are we making in the layout of the show? Are the new maps completed and online? This is just a fraction of the behind-the-scenes work that goes on immediately following a Hens show. We take our time to pay attention to all the little details because each and everything we do is to make the next show that much more fun and fabulous for our guests and dealers!
It is two weeks post show now and many of these chores and more have been completed. But before you think the Hens are all work and no play (does anybody really think that?), know that we are off on vacations! The show is a lot of work but is definitely very rewarding and fun! Our vacations are needed to refuel our creativity, find peace and quiet in our souls, and reconnect with families. We all come back recharged, full of wonderful ideas based on what we have seen or experienced elsewhere and ready to be Sister Hens once again!
We hope everyone gets the chance to recharge your engines this summer and will come see us in the fall for another spectacular Three Speckled Hens Antiques & Old Stuff Show on September 30th and October 1st!