The NC Oyster Festival is over, and what a Festival it was! On Saturday, we had over 45,000 attendees, an all-time record.
The response to my new Wall Art Collection was so gratifying, after all that hard work. It pulled hundreds of Lovely Folks into the booth. Can you imagine how that made me feel??
I took orders to customize the canvases - lots of people wanted their own Cottage Name on the Canvas...so, lots of work to do this week!
The Sailboat canvases got lots of questions about the coordinates on them...those are the coordinates for Ocean Isle Beach. I can put the coordinates for anywhere in the world on the image, but thought it was appropriate to mark where the Festival was being held. One man who came in the booth murmured to his wife, "She probably doesn't know what those numbers mean." Well, I do.
Many, many customers bought Stationery. So good to know that people still value the hand-written note! I sold Tons of Stationery, and took orders for more. Happy, happy. Here are a few of the designs:
When the crowds thinned out on Sunday, I took some snaps of my booth with my Iphone - here is the Hand Bound Journal Rack...
The blank Journals attracted lots of attention, but overall, seemed to puzzle most folks. Don't people Journal anymore?? Maybe they just Blog?? One Lady zoomed in and grabbed up the Coral Bouquet Journal and flipped it open. She paused, then riffled through the pages. Turning to me with almost indignant puzzlement, she said, "It's Blank!". I had that happen more than once. Tell me, What was THAT all about?
The Festival ran out of Oysters mid-afternoon on Saturday, due to the HUGE turnout!
|Roasting Oysters on Saturday.|
Bummer. But there were more offerings on the table: sublime Shrimp Gumbo from Causeway Gourmet. Oyster Stew from The Boundary House. Shrimp Rolls. Scallop Rolls. Shrimp and Grits. Seafood Platters. Apple Dumplings and Homemade Ice Cream. North Carolina Barbeque. Smoked Turkey Legs.
You haven't seen anything until you've seen a Lean and Mean Southern Boy walk through a crowded Festival, gnawing on a gigantic Turkey Leg. Makes me grin, every time.
So it's a wrap. Now, back to business and to getting my house back in order!
Order. Holy Cow, I've got to fill all those orders!!