This weekend was our fall show; that is, the Renningers’ Extravaganza here in Kutztown, PA. Held three times each year, spring, summer and fall, it’s the only organized show we’ve done in the last couple of years.
One drawback of the fall show in particular has often been the weather; this time was no exception. Opening day Thursday was cloudy and cool, with the breeze picking up through the afternoon. Higher winds and rain began overnight, then abated somewhat in the morning, with breezy and damp conditions all day Friday. It was never either very warm or very bright, and I had difficulty getting any decent pictures.
The uncomfortable weather did prove to have one advantage, however. For a change, we were able to sell heavy blankets and comforters, something that’s hard to do in the warmer months. Saturday we had more rain, so the whole show was not as busy as it might have been. And the predictions, for high winds and heavy rain, even though they didn’t materialize, probably kept both vendors and shoppers away.
So, while it was less extravagant than the usual extravaganza, we had fun seeing many friends from around the region who sell at the show, as well as some of our perennial customers. And we did sell, mostly textiles, but a little of everything from costume jewelry to salt & pepper shakers. Of course, we have yet to learn the secret of selling at a show without also buying there, and we did come home with our share of treasure, some of which we’ll no doubt feature here soon.