festivals, fiestas, the flea

October 1, 2010 |  Category:   the biz

Remember this post from last year? I wasn’t sure that we’d do the Atlantic Antic again this year after our experience last year – it just didn’t seem worth all the preparation and effort, however, the organizers emailed me right away after reading that post and offered us a deal for this year that we couldn’t refuse. Apparently, they had placed us in the “wrong” section last year that didn’t really help our sales, but this year, we were placed in a different spot and it made all the difference. I wasn’t at the table this time – Mark seems to be able to handle festival traffic just fine all by himself other than the fact that he doesn’t get to go to the bathroom the whole time and he doesn’t get to eat unless we think ahead and he brings a sandwich (think ahead? huh? who actually remembers to do that when you’re rushed in the morning?). I’m happy to say that we had a great experience this year. We were prepared with both cold and hot drinks (a misjudgment last year) and sold out of our loose cookies. There was a constant flow of people at the table and Mark came back with very few packages left, which is something that we always love to see.

I took my parents and the girls to the festival at the end of the day so we could help Mark pack up. The kids were off the hook hyper and kept stealing cookie samples and crumbs off the table. I don’t know why I always imagine that it would be “fun” to visit Mark with the kids at fairs and the Flea. Sometimes Mia gets into the salesgirl act and can actually be helpful, but most of the time it’s a bit stressful trying to keep an eye on them when there’s so many people around (and remember when Mia got lost?)

We’re skipping the Brooklyn Flea again this Saturday, but will be back next weekend. This Saturday we’ll be back at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens Chili Fiesta (did you know that you can find our market dates on the left sidebar? Go see). Last year it was the same weekend as the Antic and we got totally rained on so it was hectic all around. Despite the rain, it was a really nice event and the forecast for tomorrow includes sunny weather which is fortunate because we’ve had rain almost every single day this week. I haven’t been to the gardens in awhile. I plan on taking the girls there at the end of the event again. Maybe we see you there?

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  • Andrew Thornton October 1, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Even though it rained last year, it was a wonderful time and I’ll sorely miss the Chili Fiesta! So many yummies… and, oh yeah, flowers and stuff.

  • maureen October 1, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    LOVE that picture of the 2 girls! Great shot as usual.

  • rosa October 1, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    Hmmmh those cookies sure look yummy! So you sold them all, good for you!

  • Barefoot Liz October 2, 2010 at 7:56 am

    I want some of those cookies! What a great idea to sell baked goods at a flea market!

  • Sophie October 2, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    I love this blog.
    I’m half asian myself and your blog reminds me of my childhood (I’m still a teenager though lol) especially because my sister and I, resembles Mia and Claudine almost identically, it’s eerie, but SO lovely at the same time.
    Just wanted to thank you for sharing a part of you out here (:
    So thank you!!

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