Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Colorfest in Thurmont, MD 2011

New spot for us this year at the Colorfest in Thurmont on a beautiful October weekend. We set up in the front yard of Mountain Memories, a small craft shop, which is located directly across the street from "The Cozy" the oldest family owned restaurant in the state of Maryland.
It also houses the Camp David Museum.

Lou and I set up on Friday afternoon and as we are pulling the pieces out of the trailer that all hook together to make up our display, we find a table is missing. We had used it several weeks ago when we had the family here for steamed crabs and it never made it back into the trailer. I freaked, as I usually do when something doesn't go as planned, but my Mr Fix It was able to put together an end for the display where the table should be, which ended up working out so well that I think I would like him to build something similar to be used permanently in the display.

A shot of the Halloween table...although we sell
Witch, Zombie and Vampire items all year long.

A new addition for this show was a credit card reader for an i-phone. You plug the jak (from ProPay) into an i-phone and a credit card can be swiped. You get an approval or not for the card. The customer signs the phone with her finger tip and can have an email receipt sent to her if she would like. We had to purchase the i-phone last week...and we really didn't need a new phone with all the bells and whistles. But we've been tempting fate all these years at outside shows with taking cc and not knowing if they were good until we ran them when we got home.

This little gadget saved us $84.00 when a mutiple item purchase wasn't approved.

Am off to read your blogs...have been so busy getting read y for the show that I'm way behind reading and commenting


  1. I just love your signs! The Halloween ones are a scream ;-)!

    I see blogger is fixed, first I just got the pictures and then I got your last post and then it said blogger error.

  2. How cool is that little gadget. Glad it worked for you when it counted.
    Your signs are great. I used to tole paint and sell out of a little store locally but I just haven't had the time in the last few years. I really miss creating lovely painted items.

  3. Wow - you have been a very busy sign-making-artist! Hope the event went well for you and the tables were emptied of all signs! Personally my iPhone is basically velcroed to me at all times - love techie things. Pro-pay sounds like it was well worth it! (I have the Square insert)
    xo Cathy

  4. Well, I didn't know where you were Pat, so I didn't find you. So glad you did well & love the i-phone cc thingy. Sounds like a big aver. It was a barn buster event this year, projected to be bigger than previous years.

    Have a great week ~
    TTFN ~

  5. Gosh, I have been busy & setting up a New Blog (Don't Ask...What a mess.. lol) that I too, am behind in reading so many.
    I didn't go to Thurmont this year but I am going to have to remember to plan to go next time. I could meet you and I would love to see all those signs. So many are my favorites!