Londonderry Flea Market

I have a “reservation” this weekend at the Londonderry, NH Flea Market. Little did I realize that one needed a reservation. I’m glad I called ahead to confirm a space. With the weather getting warmer, it will hopefully be nice spring weekend. There have not been too many of those in New England this year.

5K Brave Run/Walk and Dog Walk and the Rowley, MA Flea Market

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     On Saturday, I attended the 5W Brave Run/Walk and Dog Walk in Nashua, NH. It was a nice day for a run and walk near Stellos Stadium. Plenty of puppies, all dogs are puppies to me, attended with their parents.

     My booth was next to the DJ so doing my pitch was a little more difficult than usual. I managed to sell four books. It was a day when people came to run the 5K race or walk their puppies than purchase books. I had a chance to pet more than a few dogs, including three Golden Retrievers.

     I promised $99 for the booth and 40% of my book sales. That comes to $123 that will be donated to Tails for Freedom that helps pet owners pay veterinarian expenses.

     Tails for Freedom is run by the Lucky Dog Thrift Shop in Nashua. When I present my $123 donation, I will ask the owners if I can set up my table at places such as Petco and PetSmart to collect future donations.

     I spent Sunday at the Rowley, MA flea market. They opened at 5 am. At that time, I was sound asleep in Nashua believing the people I would sell books to were asleep as well. I arrived at 7:30 and set up.

     The weather was cold when the clouds filled the sky and for most of the day, it seemed ready to rain. When the sun did come out for a limited time, there was the potential for a nice spring day. I had some nice traffic and sold nine books during the course of the day.

     A fellow vender named Derrick enlightened me on Sunday flea market traffic patterns. More people arrive when parishioners get out of church—that explained my surge in sales last Sunday. According to Derrick, if the weather is warm and nice, families head to the flea markets when they get out of church. He and I agreed that if the weather is bad, families head to Denny’s.\

     It’s interesting what people sell at flea markets. Derrick likes to bid for storage units. One of the items he managed to sell was a green mini motorcycle.

     Next week, I will look into setting up a booth at the Londonderry, NH flea market. They want venders to have a reservation before showing up. So far, the weather will be partly cloudy and in the 70’s.

New Hampshire Flea Markets

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            I attended two different flea markets over the weekend; one in Salem, NH and the other in Hollis, NH. These were my first sets of flea markets for Yalu and the Puppy Room.  Both offered different results.

For Saturday, I was in Salem, NH. My assigned area was outside next to the main building. I kept waiting for the sun to  creep across the street because it was a little cold. Glad I dressed in layers. By ten in the morning, I had sunshine and no sunscreen or a tent. The weather was cool and by the end of the day, I only a little red across my face and neck.

What I did not like about my location was that it was a traffic area. Cars and people intermixed and made it a little dangerous for people on foot. If I ran the event, I would have had vender parking in the back and the road closed off.

Across the street from me were two different venders selling shoes. Another fellow sold used power equipment.  There were also tires and ladders for sale. Someone had electric keyboards nearby because at least three people passed my table with them. Next to me, a lady selling smart phone accessories had steady sales throughout the day.

As for me, I put on my happy face and broke out the routine—the routine is focusing on the artwork and giving the short version of how I came to know Yalu. I sold six books. Six was better than five, not as good as seven.

On Sunday, I found myself at the opening day of the Hollis Flea Market. There were cars in the area where I set up my table. They belonged to venders and they were parked behind the vender tables. When the sun broke past the single tree offering me shade, I wondered why I did not stop at Wal-Mart on sunscreen—one would think I would have learned that lesson from yesterday. I ended up with a pretty good case of sunburn. Thank you to the lady who gave me a sunscreen sampler!

My Sunday sales started out slow. The early bird shoppers were there to find the rare deals and apparently, Yalu and the Puppy Room was not that rare of a deal. I did my sales pitch and spoke to people slowing down to look at my display. Sometime after nine, I started making a steady series of sales for a total of seventeen books for the day.

Alright, seventeen book sales are better than six books sales. I would have been more than happy to sell eighteen books so I can say, “My sales in Hollis were three times better than Salem.” Twenty-three books for the weekend and some good referrals worked for me.

When I was not selling books, I helped out the venders to the left and right of me. One was an antique dealer. She wanted to sell a rocking chair for $30. The prospective buyer only wanted to pay $25. I have the prospective buyer $5 and told him to pay the antique lady $30. He did and a rocking chair received a new owner. I then sold that rocking chair owner a book.

The vender on my left sold a variety of items. I kept trying to help sell a Jackie Kennedy type Barbie with her accessories without success.

Next Saturday, I am hoping to have a booth at the 5K Brave Run/Walk and Dog Walk that will be in Nashua, NH. I might be a little late for that event. I will have to call and make inquiries. As for Sunday, I may look at the Londonderry Flea Market or one in Rowley, MA just so I can have a different audience.

I have also signed up for an Arts & Crafts Fair in Portsmouth, NH for May 2nd. I might be late for that one too so I will add them, along with the referrals that came my way, to my do list for the coming week.

Happy Birthday Yalu

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Today was Yalu’s birthday. It was also the day President Lincoln died in 1865 and the same day the HMS Titanic sank in 1912.

She was born in 2000 and would have been fourteen today. That’s ninety-eight in dog years.

It is amazing how much happiness she brought with her.

I take a moment, looking at these pictures, and remember sitting Indian-style on the grass outside the Nashua, NH condo. My sister Lori and I had just brought her home and set her on the grass. This curious puppy came to sniff the camera. My reflection can be seen in her eyes.

The second photo was taken in Beaverton, OR when we flew across country to visit Lori. Yalu stayed on the bed thinking the other dogs in the house would not jump up there with her. They weren’t bad dogs, she was just terribly shy of other animals

Happy birthday, Yalu. You are always in my heart. .

First Baptist Church of Nashua, NH

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At the last minute, I was added to a vender event at First Baptist Church in Nashua, New Hampshire. The table cost $30 and I managed to sell eleven books. I have paid $300 in the past for a table and sold fewer books so there are no complaints. I need to thank Pastor Maggie for helping me get added to the event and her assistance in helping me close five book sales. A few customers would have walked away without her intervention.

Met close to a dozen area vendors. They helped me develop leads on where I can sell Yalu and the Puppy Room.

I must admit a big “Duh” for not thinking of the following Google search: “Arts and crafts fairs, New Hampshire (or Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts).” I now have a to do project.

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If there was someone with a better product than mine, at least it was editable. Barbara Ann’s Home-Made Brownie made me glad there was not a gallon of milk near me. If so, she would been out of brownies and me out of money. Yes, there was milk available and I made a point of not purchasing brownies until the event almost ended. For those interested, go to Facebook and enter: Barbara Ann’s Home – Made Brownie. She can use all the likes she can get.

Note, I have not tried the Dried Tomato & Garlic Pesto Mix with the Shrimp Alfredo. I like to make When I do, I will remember to say something nice about Tastefully Simple. Right now I can only go with what the taste buds have sampled and today’s sampling were brownies.