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Expos and Spring

Me at Calgary Expo 2023

I’m around, honest! It just seems that long form blogging ends up on the backburner and so here we are! Making The Post apologizing for being out of touch which, I’m told, you are not supposed to do.

Doing it anyways.

I live in a place that has a real winter and some years it seems to go on much too long. This was one such year! Spring finally hit mid April for real and we are now in the headlong rush towards complaining about how hot it is rather than about how cold it is! My studio will finally be warm – and occasionally too warm – for a few months before we restart the cycle. I am looking forward to doing pottery in my ceramics corner when I don’t have to layer up to stay toasty while getting mud EVERYWHERE.

Spring is also the season for whatever spring shows I signed up for! The last few years (except the COVID YEARS) that’s been the Calgary Fan Expo and the Etsy Spring Market. This year the Saskatoon Expo is right after the Calgary one – this weekend in fact! – and I’ll be off to that tomorrow with my little polymer clay goods and my new ceramic pieces. The show is in the second year under new management so I’m looking forward to giving it a try. It used to be as good a show, for me, as the much larger Calgary one and a fraction of the cost. The new management is obviously unused to running this sort of event so it’s having some growing pains but I’m hoping it’ll get back to it’s heyday. It’s nice to get these big, fun, events to sell at comparatively close by. I’ll be in booth 605 in the artist alley if you’re around! Come visit!

To wrap up my spring show season I’ll be back in Saskatoon for the Etsy team spring market on June 4th. I’m part of the organizing crew for this one and it’s outside so it’s always exciting to see what obstacles we’ll have. As a rule, it goes well and we recover from the insanity fairly quickly.

booth place at sask entertainment expo

The I-Wish-I-Were-At-Expo Sale

This was to be my Calgary Expo weekend and next weekend was to be my first Regina Sask Expo weekend. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic they’ve been canceled for this year and that’s all to the good. We need to get a grip on the virus before we start dumping people back into big, packed together, groups again. And that may be a while even if Canada is making some decent progress on #plankingthecurve.

Where does that leave all of us little Artist Alley vendors? Well, I put up my sale in my Etsy shop, same as last year – it’s 20% off orders of $20 or more – and I loaded up the site here which currently has free shipping because I haven’t got the module set up quite right yet. It says it’s charging it but it actually isn’t, yet, which tells me it’s an issue with the gateway. I just haven’t had the chance to go and tweak that yet.

And now I’m going to be a sad, mad little geek and hope that 2021 sees us in a much better spot! Be safe folks, none of this is fun without you!