As you all know we go around from event to event and setup a tent to sell to reenactors, the events run all through the year, and yes, even in the summer. Putting up the tent when it is Africa hot is not fun at all, it always takes longer and is more frustrating than you can imagine. We try whenever possible to start setting up as early in the morning as possible so we can to try and get the most done before it gets too hot. And yes, when it is hot "marital moments" do seem to happen more often. We deal with it the best we can and try to drink lots of fluids and not kill each other. During the events you just deal with it the best you can, but it's just hot and everyone is hot even the spectators that ask "are you hot in those clothes?", yes, and I am sure you are hot in in your shorts and t-shirt too. At the end of a hot day we sometimes get in the truck and go find ice cream and air conditioning just so we can have a break out of the heat, and ice cream is always good. This is the odd part, when we break down to leave, sometimes it is the hottest day of the event, but we really don't mind because we are leaving to go get in air conditioning and going home. We seem to not mind the sweat running down crevices we shouldn't talk about, we are going home. Beth likes when we go home, she can love on our puppies and put her feet up, and in case you didn't know, it's air conditioned too.
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Having a storefront was always a goal of ours when we bought the business from Dennis & Peggy. We worked really hard and got a great opportunity in our local downtown and we are making the most out of it. Just one thing is wrong with it, it's like having a job again. Trust me, we are not complaining, it has just taken a bit for us to get used to it (when I say us I mean Beth, she is the "talent" in the business). Beth and I spent countless hours taking pictures, adding descriptions, and making barcodes to get all the inventory in a computer system, and that's a lot of stuff to keep up with. Now we have the security of a brick and mortar business, at least that is what people say, on some days not a soul comes through the door and other days the phone rings of the hook and the door won't stay closed with people walking in. Busy is good but remember talking about Beth and worrying? Well, when people don't come in she worries, she can't help it. Then the next day we might get a big order on the website and she is good for a few days. Overall we are very happy with how the store has gone and one bonus is we don't have to put up a tent, which helps reduce "marital moments". Thanks for reading.
I had several people ask me what a "marital moment" is, I assume these people are either single or have NEVER worked on a project with their spouse or significant other, so I will attempt to explain. When a couple is working on a project together, such as home improvement, fixing something that is broken, decorating, or putting up a tent, "marital moments" happen. Usually it starts out with high expectations, sometimes even with a plan, but you can't plan for the unexpected "snag". Something, usually completely out of your control, causes things to go in a direction neither one of you plan for. When putting up a tent it usually is weather, weather causes all kinds of different problems when dealing with canvas, like at Fort Dobbs when we waited 2 days for the wind to quit blowing just so we could get the tent set up. The most likely time for us to have "marital moments" is during set up, I have changed how we are doing things to adjust for weather and Beth wants a complete explanation of why and if she doesn't understand why I should explain again, when I explain again I do not realize that what she really means is explain different, now the "marital moment" is almost here. Usually in my frustration to get things done I will tell Beth to just do it and it doesn't matter if you understand, this is true but your wife now has "hurt feelings" and it is your fault. Now is when the "marital moment" begins, what is said during a "marital moment" is different for everyone, usually ours starts with something about my tone of voice, I really don't understand this tone of voice thing I just know I have been told multiple times "tone of voice matters" so it must be true. One thing to remember with "marital moments" when setting up a tent is we all have canvas walls, all your neighbors are nice enough to stop what they are doing during your "marital moment" so they don't disturb you and so they won't miss a word. The funny thing about most "marital moments" is a couple of hours later you really don't even remember what it was about, nope I am wrong, believe me she remembers EXACTLY what it was about because at the next "marital moment" she will remind me. Thanks for coming by.
Now it is time for the event to open, everyone is running around hunting coffee or finishing up breakfast and we are ready to open the tent (which for those that don't know is the same as unlocking the door at the store). The gates open as the spectators rush in with excitement looking to see what the carnival is brought this year but, we are not the carnival we are period correct merchants and demonstrators. We all understand this going in so we deal with it the best we can and we have large number of spectators that know their history or want to actually learn something, these people make it worth it. Spectators for our business usually don't buy from us, we get the occasional quilter or someone will find just the right fabric for that chair. We are there for the reenactors or participants, that is our customer base at events and we cater to them. They shop for their clothing needs or just buy fabric because they really love it (This is very normal, fabric talks to people twice, first to go home with you and then later it will tell you what it wants to be). Most events are normally over a weekend so on Sunday afternoon it is time to pack it all up, we pack up as much as we can before I bring the truck in and then when the truck gets there it gets crazy. Just so everyone understands, it gets crazy because its a mad rush to get everything packed so we can get the tent down before it gets damp (Damp or wet canvas is the enemy, as it can and will mold and cause lots of issues later on). If we are successful in getting packed up dry, hopefully with minimal "marital moments", we get in the truck to head home. As soon as we get cooled down we stop to eat,usually Wendy's, and after that look for a hotel for the night. Hopefully everyone has a better understanding of what we do, I will still probably get the nods with a smile though, but it's OK, I have done my part to try and educate. Thanks for reading.
Now it is set up day and we pull onto the site. First thing we do is find our set up location which is usually already marked for us. Then I pull the truck and trailer to our spot and wait patiently while Beth puts on the correct shoes and hat (yes,this happens at almost every event). We open the trailer and pull out the tent top, lay the top out, mark our corners and now it is time to pound stakes. Beth starts getting the ropes laid out while I drive the stakes, this goes on for until we get all the corners ready, once the corners are ready we can lift the tent, unless its really windy then I may or may not decide we need more to secure the tent before we lift. Sometimes this cause "marital moments" as Beth does not understand why we are doing it "different than usual". The tent is my responsibility in this business of ours so my decisions are final on all things tent related, unless a "marital moment" ensues. Once the tent is up and all the ropes, poles and stakes are done it is time to unload ALL the stuff from the truck and trailer. After everything is unloaded Beth begins getting our living quarters setup, this very important because I prefer to sleep in a bed, and then after a painfully long back and forth discussion about whether or not everything is unloaded I go park the rig. At this point I have a few small things I do to help with store set up and Beth takes care of all the rest (We have discovered through experience that this greatly decreases the amount of "marital moments") and I get to walk around and chat with people and see what is going on. In the next blog I will talk about what goes on during the event, thanks for dropping by.
A lot of our friends and family really don't understand what we do when we go to events. I think they either picture a carnival atmosphere or like an indoor craft fair, I dunno. They just look at us weird and nod, so I will try to explain what we do when we go to an event. First thing we do is pack the truck and trailer with all the fabric,notions, and patterns and such for the event (these are the things we sell to pay the bills). Usually this is Beth's favorite thing to do, because somehow it is either raining,freezing cold,or typical South Carolina HOT, this always makes packing an experience and even allows for those special "marital moments". Once everything is packed then we do like Santa and make sure we have everything and once we are some what satisfied that we do Beth starts worrying what we might have forgotten. Anyone of you that knows Beth understands this is just a way of life, she can't help it. After I assure her several times that we have everything and whatever might not have been forgotten we can get at Walmart, we are ready to go. Down the highway we go, our goal is to get all the way there with a uneventful trip (which means no surprise maintenance on truck or trailer). Usually we stage at a hotel the night before setup and get that "last good shower" before we get hot and sweaty setting up. In the next blog I will discuss how we go about setting up on site, thanks for stopping by.
Hey everyone, welcome to our 96 Fabrics blog. Not really sure what to talk about here but we will talk about a lot of things. Some stuff we talk about might be fabric related or sewing related or just something dumb that one of has done. We will welcome all questions and comments from everyone whether it is fabric or sewing related or not. Hopefully this blog will be both fun and informative but mostly fun. Sometimes it will be Beth blogging about sewing or fabric, sometimes it will be Jimmy just rambling about nothing special. Our plan is to have guest bloggers from time to time and that should be fun and interesting. Everyone enjoy!