After market morning is over, Spot 22 looks just like this again! Empty! It's amazing to think of all the conversations, sales, and enjoyment this little piece of pavement gives.
I've written many times on the blog about market setup, and here's a review of what Spot 22 looks like once everything is in place for customers: But have I ever told you about Saturday morning breakdown? Now, that's a lot of work, too!
All the soap must be put back into the designated boxes to keep the fragrances separated and then loaded back into the van: Everything off the tables first and then tablecloths folded: Recently Uncle Steve (Tom's brother) came to visit us from Connecticut, so we put him to work, too: Legs must be unscrewed from the display shelving and packed away. Everyone tries to grab something to make the job go faster: Sometimes when you put two heads together it helps solve the problem: Okay, all set with the tables. Now it's time to take down the tent: All the market vendors know the routine well. What goes up, must come down.
Sarah's mini-fridge and cart (on the left of the photo) is the last to get unplugged and packed away. She pays for electricity each week and plugs into the city's power to keep her cheesecakes cold: And back in the bag the tent goes until next week when all the setup and breakdown will begin all over again: There are two remaining Saturday markets for this year, as market season closes the Saturday before Thanksgiving.
Temps for this Friday night are predicted to be 22 degrees. It will be a very COLD Saturday morning market. [Edited to add...the temperature Saturday morning actually was 13 degrees downtown!! Brr!]