One of the most interesting things about participating in the SEOM was meeting other vendors, chatting, and getting a look at life on the other side of the merch table. I wanted to highlight a few people/products that "made" my first market (Sun)day...
Alanna and Kate run toby+rei, a green biz offering "super-soft T-shirts, onesies, even lunch bags printed with robots, elephants, sharks, and flowers, as well as cotton/bamboo fleece baby blankets and accessories to cradle tiny new additions." They set up across from us and had such cute items -- I can't wait to buy something for one of the 2008 Blogorelli Babies! Also, Kate purchase some cool Russel Wright melamine cups and saucers from the WC, so big gratzie to her.
Directly next to us sat Olaria Studio, and meeting Amy and her hubby Ashley made my day. (Plus, we couldn't have gotten our tent up without their helpful tips.) Amy handcrafts beautiful necklaces and earrings from clay, using a specific style that she learned at the University of Montevallo. She finishes the pieces with "mid to high-fire clay & glazes, which offer...a range of finishes & natural variations" and "an array of slips, stains, glazes, underglazes, & even a few overglazes" A+A moved to The Bean from Birmingham, AL, and were just the warmest, best, "boothies" that I could have wished for on my first go around. Hopefully, we'll see them again this summer!
Finally, I only had a chance to briefly browse Looka Jewelry's booth, but her little envelope necklaces are completely precious. I bet they'd make a perfect gift for someone who is near in heart but far in miles.
Thanks to a bedtime of 10:30 last night, I think my exhausted 30-year-old bod (and mind) is finally recovered from the physical/mental toil of the first SEOM. I'm really looking forward to the next time, now that I know what to expect and have planned ways to be even more efficient.
Finally, I wanted to shout a THANKS! and HURRAH! to Little Kim, who came to cheer me on, and A Classic Girl, who hung out away from her baby, GretaBoo, for hours keeping me company, helping with merchandising displays, and just making sure I didn't take the whole thing too seriously. Last but never least, all my gratitude to The Prof, who was his usual rock of support and love.