We spent our Thursday in Ganado for Christmas on the Square. We learned lots of things and got lots of ideas. Even saw Santa!
This was the first all-day event that we’ve ever done, and it was exhausting to say the least. I’m sure the seventy-something degree weather, intense humidity, and mud had something to do with it, but it could be that I was there for twelve hours.
We began setting up at 9 o’clock. I had all the “products” in my car, and my boyfriend loaded the canopy, tables, etc. in the bed of his truck. The two of us and my sister Molly put everything up, finally ready to rock and roll at about 11:30.
The set-up was super smooth and looked really good.
Today, in the spur of the moment, I added my new favorite display spot: an old, rusted hog trap gate.
It’s perfect for hanging things! We of course had the usual displays, as well.
I did try a couple new things. For example, I made sure I typed up some explanatory tags for things like mug cozies and tea towels, because I sometimes feel like people don’t understand what they are, how to use them, etc.
Sure, it’s written out on cardstock, but we’re young and on a budget. I’ve got plans to invest in some sturdier signage.
Another little thing I did, which I thought was quite clever, was set out some of the Christmas mug cozies and cinnamon ornaments out in their own basket. I wanted to commemorate the snow Texas got earlier this month by selling the snowflake cozies for a buck:
Note my fantastic rhyme at the top…
Then of course, I always have my goodies that I give out to buyers. We’d be nowhere without them, and I appreciate them (you) SO MUCH! This time, I had peppermint bark and cranberry bars with cream cheese icing.
As for how “successful” we were, I’d say we did great! It wasn’t the most profitable day we’ve ever had, but it certainly met, if not exceeded, expectations! Money wasn’t even the whole story. So many people that didn’t know we were a “thing” found us and loved us, and I met lots of people.
I also came away with tons of ideas: display ideas, booth set-up and organization ideas, decoration ideas, product ideas, better ways of doing things, etc.
So get ready for March! Changes are a-coming!
Christmas on the Square itself was SO fun! There were over 30 vendors, including the food truck Georgia Mae’s which has the best fish tacos I’ve ever had (and I’ve had a lot). For just ten bucks, kids could go artificial ice skating, sledding, down a huge slide, and in a couple different bounce houses. At night, the mayor lit the Christmas tree, Santa came in on fire trucks, and Home Alone played for everyone that wanted to have a seat. It was lovely with all the music and people.
Thanks for reading about our latest goings-on and thanks for supporting us.
I’ll talk to y’all in the New Year, and we’ll see y’all in March at Pickers Patch in Victoria, TX!
Have a very merry, blessed Christmas and a happy, prosperous New Year!!! ❤
~Hannah & Family