If I had to summarize the opening weekend of the Connecticut Renaissance Faire’s fourth annual Robin Hood Springtime Festival, I’d say this: WOW!
The Storied Threads team (me, my assistant Kate, and my husband Mike) went down to the site in Guilford, Connecticut on Friday for final set-up and spent the afternoon trying out my new display arrangement, which traded most of the wooden shelves and poles for the gridwall I used earlier this year at Arisia. You can see the result for yourselves.
I love it! The shop feels more open, the clothing area looks more fully-stocked (which it was, since I spent the last few months cranking out stuff to sell), and the patches are spread out and visible instead of hiding on the poles (mostly).
Then came opening day, which has never been a huge sales day for me, but this year the faire had maybe its biggest opening-day crowd ever, so the numbers were in my favor, and I ended up doing pretty well.
We started Sunday off with a quickie photo shoot for two of my “Game of Thrones”-inspired knight’s surcoats, using Mike and his fellow evil guard Rick as models and the very talented Lauren Dubois as my shutterbug.
It’s a good thing we got those shots in, because I sold those two surcoats later that day…along with a TON of other stuff, such as the Thor-inspired surcoat (modeled here, impromptu, by my friend Dave, who is a lovable goof).
Yes, despite a steady day-long drizzle, the crowds were great and in a spending mood, and I surpassed my sales from Saturday by a LOT.
That left only student day, which is never a huge sales day, but the patches are a low-cost item so I tend to turn a decent profit, and that was the case this year.
When I finally sat down to crunch the numbers, I learned that I had my best CTRF spring opening weekend ever. All my expenses were met halfway through the weekend, so everything from here on out is profit…which is great news, because I’ve been spending a ton of money on materials this year.
I’ll be at CTRF for two more weekends, some please stop by and say hello!