The full tent.

Upcoming Events, June through November 2022

The full tent.

The full tent.

It’s just about time for show season to start!

Over the winter I carefully considered how I wanted to manage my vendor show schedule.

Last year I was in smaller weekly events like the farmers market with a few bigger events like Rock the Quarry and my own Open House events. The weekly schedule was a little difficult to keep up with for items that were popular and time-consuming to make so I’d decided this year I’d do fewer events, but larger ones monthly so I had time to make quantities of items in between and allow for supply chain issues.

But I find larger events physically challenging to manage on my own. I don’t mind all the carrying and packing and unpacking, but added with long days away, since most of the good ones are more than one day, even if they’re not far from home, they actually take time from the days before and after the event as well.

Supply chain issues still happen, but that was one of the reasons for taking the time to make changes to materials and make processes more efficient, so I don’t need to take as much time to get materials or make my stuff. And while I need to have a greater inventory on hand for larger events, in my small house I have little storage for large quantities of fabrics or keepsake boxes or doormats, or for finished products. Smaller quantities for smaller events works well for me, and takes into account an increasing amount of sales on my websites.

The larger events are more expensive to enter too, and though the income from them is greater, in the end it’s not appreciably more than several smaller, more frequent events. Long days on my feet are actually not good for me either.

And in all that, I have little time for other things, like new artwork, bike rides on the trail, and finishing all those short stories I started, other activities that also feed my income.

So I’ll be enjoying shorter events, closer to home, and weekly. And also seeing familiar faces at those events.

Here’s the schedule at the moment, and I’ll be adding to it as a few other things are finalized. The farmers markets are Sundays, and I may also have a Saturday event here and there.

Spring and Summer Events

Sunday, June 5
Dogapalooza
I’ll have my animal portraits and Custom Pet Memorial Votives
Fundraiser for the Carnegie Dog Park and charitable animal organizations.
Vendors, costume contests, basket raffles, food truck
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Carnegie Park, 900 Forsythe Road, Carnegie, PA 15106

Sunday, June 12
Carnegie Spring Market
I’ll have all my feline and nature gift items and select art and prints
30 vendors, food, music, sidewalk sales
Glass recycling event
Noon to 3:00 p.m.
Corner of West Main and Third Street, Carnegie, 15106

Friday, June 17 through Sunday, June 19
Art & Gifts Show & Sale On the Avenue
My own solo event in a storefront!
Art & Photo Exhibit Opening, Friday 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Gift items and merchandise displayed for sale
Saturday and Sunday open 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
440 Washington Avenue, Bridgeville PA 15017
(Bridgeville Day on the Avenue is Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.)

Saturday, June 25, 2022
Celebrate Cat Adoptions at PetPeople Green Tree
We’re celebrating Adopt A Cat Month!
I’ll have just a table space to display so I’ve carefully chosen what I’ll have with me, but for sure I’ll have my cat mats, keepsakes, lamps, garden flags and dishtowels as well as Custom Pet Memorial Votives and Garden Flags, plus information on Commissioned Portraits.
Noon to 3:00 p.m.
PetPeople Green Tree, 1948 Greentree Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15220

Sundays July 10 through September 25
Carnegie Farmers Market
I’ll have all my feline and nature gift items and select art and prints
40 vendors, food, music
Noon to 3:00 p.m.
Main Street Carnegie between Mary Street and Broadway Street
Tentative schedule:
July 10, 17, 24, and 31
August 7, 14, 21, and 28
September 11, 18 and 25 (closed Sept 4)

Sunday, July 17
Carnegie Farmers Market
I’ll have all my feline and nature gift items and select art and prints
40 vendors, food, music
Noon to 3:00 p.m.
Main Street Carnegie between Mary Street and Broadway Street

Sunday, July 24
Carnegie Farmers Market
I’ll have all my feline and nature gift items and select art and prints
40 vendors, food, music
Noon to 3:00 p.m.
Main Street Carnegie between Mary Street and Broadway Street

Sunday, July 31
Carnegie Farmers Market
I’ll have all my feline and nature gift items and select art and prints
40 vendors, food, music
Monarch Butterfly Festival

Noon to 3:00 p.m.
Main Street Carnegie between Mary Street and Broadway Street

Sunday, August 7
Carnegie Farmers Market
I’ll have all my feline and nature gift items and select art and prints
40 vendors, food, music
Noon to 3:00 p.m.
Main Street Carnegie between Mary Street and Broadway Street

Sunday, August 14
Carnegie Farmers Market
I’ll have all my feline and nature gift items and select art and prints
40 vendors, food, music
Noon to 3:00 p.m.
Main Street Carnegie between Mary Street and Broadway Street

Sunday, August 21
Carnegie Farmers Market
I’ll have all my feline and nature gift items and select art and prints
40 vendors, food, music
Noon to 3:00 p.m.
Main Street Carnegie between Mary Street and Broadway Street

Friday and Saturday, August 26 & 27
Rock the Quarry XX
Art and photography of the trail and the woods surrounding
Fundraiser for Collier Friends of the Panhandle Trail
Vendors, food and lots of local music
Friday 5:00 to 11:00 p.m.
Saturday 3:00 to 11:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 28
Carnegie Farmers Market
I’ll have all my feline and nature gift items and select art and prints
40 vendors, food, music
Noon to 3:00 p.m.
Main Street Carnegie between Mary Street and Broadway Street

Sunday, September 11
Carnegie Farmers Market
I’ll have all my feline and nature gift items and select art and prints
40 vendors, food, music
Noon to 3:00 p.m.
Main Street Carnegie between Mary Street and Broadway Street

Sunday, September 18
Carnegie Farmers Market
I’ll have all my feline and nature gift items and select art and prints
40 vendors, food, music
Noon to 3:00 p.m.
Main Street Carnegie between Mary Street and Broadway Street

Sunday, September 25
Carnegie Farmers Market
I’ll have all my feline and nature gift items and select art and prints
40 vendors, food, music
Noon to 3:00 p.m.
Main Street Carnegie between Mary Street and Broadway Street

Saturday, October 1
Carnegie Fall Fest
I’ll have all my feline and nature gift items and select art and prints
Hayrides, pumpkin painting, crafts, live music, and Carnegie’s epic “Rogi Rumble” a.k.a. pierogi contest. More details available closer to the event.
Noon to 9:00 p.m.
Main Street, Carnegie, 15106

Sunday, November 20
Carnegie Holiday Market
I’ll have all my feline and nature gift items and select art and prints
30 vendors, food, music, sidewalk sales
Noon to 3:00 p.m.
Corner of West Main and Third Street, Carnegie, 15106

Below are photos of my market tent from last summer. I do have a few new things this year, but this is a good refresher of what I’m selling.

 

Garden Flags

Garden Flags

Below, nature gifts.

Nature gifts

Nature gifts

And here are a few more photos. I’ll be listing new products soon and also taking them to the Farmers Market.

I’ve been keeping a display of greeting cards, including Halloween and Holiday cards.

Display-cards

Display-totes

 

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