Apple Scrapple 2013: Success!
Going into Apple Scrapple, we weren’t too sure how things were going to go. There had been a mix-up with our booth assignment and the forecast for Saturday predicted a ton of rain! We were thankful that our booth was inside, but were unsure how the rain would affect the crowds.
Thankfully, we didn’t have too many problems claiming our booth (though we found out later that we were one of 4 people assigned to the same booth), and as predicted, it rained all day long. I got to the booth first (on Friday evening) and they allowed me to set up there. That made me feel better about things right away!
Our booth setup went smoothly. I’m so glad that we did a pre-setup so that we knew where we wanted things! 🙂 We were very pleased with the end result!
Things felt slow. We were honored that one man went through the entire High School looking for our booth. 🙂 He remembered us from the year before and wanted to buy an apple hat for his daughter. Apparently, he purchased a pumpkin one the year before. This was our first sale of the day.
However, we weren’t selling items as quickly as the year before. I was concerned that we wouldn’t even make up our booth fee. Thankfully, we had a great location and people loved our booth setup. We got many wonderful comments on how it was “so beautiful,” and “adorable.” We used our cookie samples (Rachel makes amazing cookies), and frisbee toss to lure people closer. Since we were by the entrance/ exit of the gymnasium, the wall near our booth became a common “waiting” place for people. We approached them with cookie samples and tried to interact with some of them.
A few hours into the show, my husband came and spent a few minutes modeling my Gimli Helmet and Beard. It got many reactions once modeled (more than just the boring display of it).
We continued to have sales perdiodically, but it just didn’t feel as if we were doing very well. Not only did the parking field get closed, but the first bus stop ended up being blocks away from the High School instead of right in front of it. This also hurt the foot traffic.
Later in the day, Rachel’s husband and baby showed up. Both brought a lot of attention to the booth. The baby, we dressed in a few products and that drew many “aaawwwwws.” Her husband dressed in the Gimli Helmet and went around the entire gymnasium selling cookies. It was hilarious, but so effective. A few vendors came by to see our booth as a result of his advertisement.
Near the end of the day, around the time that Rachel’s husband was modeling my Gimli Helmet, We got a little silly and creative and started wearing other unique items from the booth. 🙂
When packing up to leave (in the continuous rain), Rachel was talking to another lady who said that she’d been doing this show for 15 years and this was like the first year all over again, she did so poorly. That made us feel better even though we hadn’t totaled things up yet. 🙂 When it came time to see how well we did, we were pleasantly surprised! Not only did we make up the booth fee, we made at least 2 times more! Also, we did better than we did last year! It makes me wonder how well we would have done had we had nice weather!
Last night at church, one of my friends came up to me. She had attended a birthday party for her fiancee’s little cousin (turning 1), and one of the gifts was one of my hats! The gifters had bought the hat from my booth at Apple Scrapple! My friend said that once the gushing over the hat died down, she announced that she knew me because we went to church together! What are the chances? 🙂 I just thought it was really cool.