Monday, July 2, 2007

Craft & Quilt Fair, Sydney - Egads

You might remember that Saturday morning I was in a quandry about going to the Craft & Quilt Fair. I did go and have that cuppa, and regained my composure. Then The Most DH found me and asked when I would like to leave for the show. I explained that I thought we'd give it a miss and stay home. He smiled that sly smile of his and said "We'll leave as soon as you're ready, so go get ready." Shortly, we were off.

The place was packed - to the gills. Packed to the gills with people who are either well versed in the Art of Show-Shopping-Warfare, just downright selfish, or both. It really was impossible to get thru the crush at most stalls to see anything. It always amazes me how many people it takes to decide if one wants to buy a thing. Most of the potential shoppers I observed clogging stall fronts, had one or more people with them. These little groups kept tight to themselves, actively ignoring everyone else, while having serious debates about whether or not an item was worthy to purchase. As though the very earth would stop in its orbit if they spent $7, and it failed to bring them immediate fame & fortune.

The Most DH went out for a breather while I waited three deep at a bookstall. Right up against the display several people were sitting on the floor leisurely reading books. Once I got within an arms length of the book I was after, I said to the squatter "Excuse me, Im just going to reach over you and grab that book." The look she gave me was withering, it spoke volumes on her opinion of me and my attempt to display some manners. Geeze Louise!

Some asiles were choked with people just standing around staring glassy eyed at the cieling, as though they had just given up all hope. In one such I lingered, to rummage thru my purse for some ibuprofen.

I wonder how the vendors faired in all this as I didnt see alot of money being passed around. Having done markets/shows myself, I always look for that. I did note that the stalls of individual artists did not have writhing throngs of lookers. Isnt that always the way?

Despite these obstacles, The Most DH and I had a lovely day out AND I managed to acquire a small stash of bits for a few planned projects. But Im in no hurry to go to another show!

7 comments:

jdoriot said...

What a bummer! People are just some of the most unfriendly creatures around! lol! I've been to shows like this...and they drain me dry. I need to blog about the time I almost got into a fist fight with this gal who smarted off to my middle one...I am such a nice person...really I am...but when you mess with my child, it's curtains for you!lol!! I really should work on that....

jdoriot said...

OK... I am just now checking out your beads and they are wonderful! I absolutely love the River Rocks...just beautiful. My Mom makes beautiful jewelry with these kinds of beads...I'm going to give her your web address...and convince her she needs to make me a necklace with those River Rock beads! Neat!!

Lavender said...

Oh Id be a protective mother too in that case - not sure thats something that needs work LOL!
Thanks for stopping by my site, and for your compliment on the River Rocks, maybe your mom will surprise you with something special on your next birthday - fingers crossed!

Anonymous said...

HAHAHHAAA I would NEVER DARE go to the Craft Fair! Especially now :)

Lavender said...

Yeah, I shoulda known it would be a zoo - no, wait a minute...I have a better time at zoos!

Anonymous said...

You DID know! Blame it on DJs sly smile ;)

Lavender said...

Ffffttttt! (wipes coffee from screen) Thats right! Who has to admitt they were foolish when they have someone else to blame! Bwahahaha!