The Alpine Mountain Days celebration had finally arrived! Loading up our tent, tables and displays we headed to town on Thursday and set up our vender’s tent. The Alpine show is one of six shows we do each year, and last year we had enjoyed the new friends we met and people that stopped by. Many complimented our work and some gave us another form of a compliment by buying our work!
The first day arrived and started out slow, really slow. Some of the other venders groused about this and that, nothing different here as venders usually grouse, but the temperature reached ninety one degrees.
Between that and the slow sales we were a bit worried as, for us anyway, it’s a numbers game with more people meaning more sales. Still we are fishermen and so we are optimists. We did have some sales and several people mentioned they would return, but they rarely do and it’s a way they can be kind without buying.
It was so hot that three people were taken by ambulance, but we fell into our old hiking rolls of being water buddies. In others words we checked on each other all day and made sure we were staying hydrated. There was little wind but the tent canopy’s shade made a huge difference and we stayed comfortable.
Saturday arrived and we even had sales as we were trying to set up. That, of course was fine, and the number of people stopping by stayed steady all morning. The celebration also included a triathlon, mountain man events, and an air show was for later in the day.
As the day wore on the temperature increased to ninety six, but again we hydrated, hydrated, and hydrated! Molly did her best to attract customers and kept cool by staying in the shade and on the thick cool grass. She wagged her tail as people walked by and of course they stopped to pet her.
Renita pointed out an airplane performing acrobatics and three jets thundered overhead. One a Russian MIg, (privately owned so don’t go into your bunkers yet doomsday preppers), caused a sonic boom. Some people rushed out, looking for a plane wreck, and I am sure the elk, deer, mountain goats and all the wildlife jumped out of their skin.
The day ended and we went back to air conditioning. Renita added our totals and we had had our best day ever! With Sunday usually slow, we had already reached our goal for the show. Now if it would only cool off a little!
Sunday was another hot day temperature wise, but at least it was a short day. Not as many people attended but we did actually sell a pair of Wyoming green jade earrings to a Chinese tourist. I had read an article that they won’t pay the full price without haggling and sure enough I had a long and difficult sale. At one point the husband pointed out that our stone was junk. I then explained to them that Wyoming nephrite jade was better than the jadeite being used in China, (it probably didn’t help much). Still we made the sale after they left when the wife came back without her husband to buy the earrings.
The show finally ended and we were happy with the results. We had met two other rock hounds and they are going to come over to watch me show them how to I finish rocks on our Genie cabochon machine. Now if we don’t spend all of our profits on more rocks…….LOL.