i can scarcely believe it’s been almost two weeks since we set out on our adventure to the amazing 2011 farm chicks show! the days since we returned from spokane have been so busy i haven’t even had time to share our farm chicks experience- until now that is…
our journey to the show actually began on the wednesday before with a bonus trip to yakima to collect the ‘new’ pick-up truck. melissa’s husby made short work of getting it ready to make the haul to spokane but i had to get it back to seattle so i could hitch the trailer to it.
i didn't take time to snap a photo of the truck until we got to the show- but there she is in all her haulin' glory
on thursday my mom, the husby, and i loaded the truck and trailer up with my portion of the goods, and the husby and i headed back to yakima.
drivin' over the pass
we were a little behind schedule and by the time we got all of melissa’s stuff, plus our booth walls, loaded it was after 11pm! exhausted and starving we headed to sports center (one of the few places still open) for some late night food and drink.
the great vintage revolving sport center sign (taken on a previous, earlier in the day, visit)
friday morning came quickly after such a late night and we missed our 5am departure time by a bit, but we made good time and arrived at the expo center parking lot with plenty of time to unload and set up.
i really wish i had taken some photos of the trailer before we unloaded it because it was a thing to marvel at- the husby’s did an amazing job of packing it as full as it could possibly be!
my husby, bill, taking a break in the partially unloaded trailer- you can still see how well everything was packed in there
set-up didn’t quite go as smoothly as we had hoped, but we still had everything pretty much ready in time. melissa and i did much of the ‘construction’ ourselves (thanks to a friend who pre-built the walls and even pre-drilled the holes for us!).
me sinking screws to join the walls together
melissa showing us how it's done
taking a little lunch break
hiding from the sun
after some scrambling in the last few hours to get everything set up, they finally announced it was closing time so we locked up the trailer, piled in to the volvo and headed to the hotel to check in, then on to dinner.
hotel lusso, our home base during the show
steam plant grill- a former city steam plant that's been converted into offices and this great restaurant.
the interior of the steam plant
they even let you go inside one of the old smoke stacks!
the smoke stacks from outside the building
after dinner we all hit the hay-we needed our rest for the first day of the show! all night i felt like a kid waiting for christmas- i even had dreams (and a few nightmares) about the show and kept waking up thinking it was time to go when really i had only been asleep for a few hours.
saturday morning eventually came, we grabbed a quick breakfast, stopped by the hardware store for some last minutes things, headed to the fairgrounds and hurriedly finished setting up the booth. i honestly didn’t think we’d make it, but we did and by 9am when they let all the pre-sale ticket holders in the door we were ready!
the front of the booth on saturday morning (thanks to katie and megan for taking some of these pics)
the rest of the weekend is a bit of blur. we had an amazing time, sent many wonderful things off to new homes, met lots of great vendors, chatted with shoppers from all over the country, and even had a chance to do a little shopping (well, melissa did- i ended up not buying a single thing, i couldn’t believe it when i realized it sunday night). i think the highlight for me was all the vendors that kept telling us that our booth was their favorite. that, and the mother/daughter shopping duo that asked to take our picture! we were also really lucky to have two amazing ladies who came out for the weekend to help us while we took our lunch breaks- thanks megan and katie!
megan assisting with sunday morning's set-up (katie was behind the camera so there aren't any pics of her!)
so now i’ll just leave you with a whole bunch of photos of our booth. unfortunately my camera battery died early sunday morning (rookie mistake or what?) so most of these are from my iPhone, but i think they get the point across pretty well. we had two different versions of display’s- with new goods added on sunday, so you might notice those changes in the photos. if you’re looking for more coverage of this fantastic show, head on over to serena’s blog for a complete list of all the blog posts about the farm chicks show. our booth even made it on to heather bullard’s blog which you can find on this list. thanks for going on this little farm chicks adventure with us- i hope you enjoyed it!
tying on our aprons took team work!
part of our sign that never made it up
the husby's after we finished loading up after the show- i love this pic but they both look so mad!
not sure what was so funny!