The first Saturday in October is always marked on our calendars as Dayton Days craft festival.
We load up all of Hannah's soaps, Granny's baskets, tables, chairs, baker's racks, all sorts of props, you name it...it goes with us in the van for a day of crafting at its best in downtown Dayton!Here's our ever-present handyman, Tom, who helps with the heavy tent setup and so many other things that need doing when you're a vendor: As you can see from the picture below, we're set up along a sidewalk right in front of homes on a tiny street that has been closed to traffic. Here's Hannah getting her soap displays ready for customers: We prominently displayed Granny's chalkboard sign and her photo so her regulars would know this was her booth, especially since she was not well enough to be at the show this year: Here's a view of the empty street before the crowds arrive:I'm on the right trying to answer basket questions from all these ladies and sell them one. I am definitely not a salesperson like my mom, for sure!:Hannah was busy selling soap at her end of the booth:Here's a display of Tom's soap racks:And a display of some popular fragrances of Hannah's soaps:
The customers were actually few this year. Severe weather on the first weekend for the show caused a change in dates to the second weekend in October. Many vendors couldn't change their bookings, and there were many empty spots. Lack of crowds, lack of vendors, lack of sales.
Let's call it a day and head home! Maybe next year's show will be better.