Yesterday we arrived at the hall and got set up, heading home to deal with trick n treaters. This morning we arrived in time to finish 'fluffing' the booth, turn the lights on, get the till ready and generally say hello to some of the other exhibitors with whom we are friendly.
Most of them are in our age bracket - or close enough - and all of them congratulated me on the upcoming retirement. One said that the time is coming for her as well.
The booth directly across of us is a young man who works with metal making mostly wall plaques/art pieces. Some of his things are made from recycled sawmill saw blades - about 3 feet in diameter. While it wasn't too busy this afternoon I had a chance to chat with him. He and his two helpers were so cheerful all day, it was refreshing.
Doug and I tag teamed and I was able to spend some time in the guild booth and visit with guild members I have seen very little of since the conference. It was also nice to see the work of the members, attractively set out. Next year I will try not to inundate the booth with my stuff - who knows, maybe by then there won't be much left and it will only be new work?
I made a sign saying 'Farewell' and letting people know I'm not doing shows in my own name any more. A couple people made the assumption that I would be going back to having weaving as a hobby again. I explained that it's never been a hobby for me, but now it will be. :)
Several people had no idea of my age and while expressing disappointment I won't have my own booth, understood why I was retiring. Several mentioned that they had textiles that had to be easily 25+ years old that they still used daily, in some cases. Most were astonished that I've been doing this show for 40 years - 1979-2019 - not a bad run!
Since it wasn't terribly busy for me, I even had a chance to visit with a few people - something I will miss. But maybe I'll have more time to meet friends for coffee, or even attend guild drop ins/meeting/seminars! What a concept!
The first show was two days, fairly short hours. This one is three days, with somewhat longer hours. Then we have a week to rest, drive to Calgary and do Art Market - four days with longer hours and a much bigger show. It's all coming to an end.
And then close down the business and see what happens next. It's an adventure!