Building Our Arts Market Booth

Booth sign under contruction.

Booth sign under contruction.

Just a little story about putting together the First Edition Tea Co booth at Arts Market. Arts Market's west end location is at 846 College St you can buy our tea there Wednesday to Sunday. Check them out at www.artsmarket.com

One dark, rainy evening, I was driving to pick up my husband, Mike, from work to go rock climbing, when my phone started to ring. Normally I wouldn't have bothered answering the phone while driving, but I glanced at the number and saw "Arts Market" and I got so excited that I pulled the car over right away to answer the call. I had met with the owner, Daniel, a few weeks prior and he'd told me that the shop was full, but that he'd call me as soon as there was an open booth.

So on that evening, Daniel called me to tell me he had good news... but that it came with a bit of a catch. "I've got a space for you," he said. "But it's available starting on the 21st." As in December 21st. 4 days before Christmas. At the tail end of a jam packed run of holiday markets. 

Of course, there was no way I was going to say no, so Daniel outlined what I had to do. I had a show that went until 6pm on the 20th, but I could rush to Arts Market right afterwards, paint the stall, and then come back to following morning to put up shelves and product, all to be ready for the 21st. It sounded crazy. But why would I let that stop me?

And then, procrastination set in a little bit. It wasn't until about a week before I had to open the booth that it really hit me that I had to figure out how on earth I was going to do it. Then the mad scramble to buy shelves and paint and get the design work done.

I laid everything out on the floor of my office to figure out what it would look like on the wall and came up with a reasonable plan.

Then some bad news. No one was going to be able to help me on Monday morning to set up the booth. Everyone had work and no one could get the day off. I had a bit of a freak out and then decided I'd figure it out later. And if I had to, I'd just do it myself and hope the shelves weren't too crooked.

Unsurprisingly, the procrastination bit me in the butt a bit. Friday night before the booth opened, and I hadn't stained the shelves. Of course, that's the night it decided to snow for the first time this winter. The temperature, which had been crazy warm, dropped below zero and it snowed on us as we stained shelves on our balcony. Then we had to bring them into the house to dry since they'd freeze outside. Our house reeked like stain and we had to keep all the windows open for two days. We're smart.

But sometimes things go far better than you can possibly plan. On Sunday, I got a call from Daniel: We could move in early! But, I was at a show and couldn't leave. And I also had the car. So Mike and our good friend Nate walked everything over to the shop and put it all together. I can be a bit of a control freak sometimes, especially when it comes to my work, so letting someone else put the booth together while I wasn't there was torture, and I pestered Mike for photo updates every 2 minutes. Luckily, he indulged me and I got to see the whole thing come together through photos.

Starting point. Previous owner's business name blocked out for privacy reasons.

Starting point. Previous owner's business name blocked out for privacy reasons.

First coat of paint.

First coat of paint.

Shelves going up.

Shelves going up.

All the shelves are up.

All the shelves are up.

I raced to the store and showed up just as the last shelf had gone up and then we hung the sign and put the tea on the shelves. It was all done in less than two hours total. All that worry for nothing.

The finished product!

The finished product!

That's it! On our way out of the store, a lovely gentleman was already buying two tins of tea.

Thanks to Mike and Nate for all their help. I couldn't have done it without you guys.