The End of an Era
I feel like I have had the rug pulled out from under
For those that haven't heard yet, Gibraltar Trade
Center is closing.
Gone. Done, No More.
I have been doing shows there since 2007. For the
last 5 years, I was doing them every month. Like clockwork, every
month I drove the same route for 3 days, did the same set up, saw
familiar faces that worked there, and visited with the other regular
vendors and people who came to the show.
I met wonderful life long friends. Those shows, and
the people there, helped me deal with Brian's death. We became family.
Some vendors came and went, others were there before me. I imagined
me being the "old timer" that young vendors would meet in
I looked forward to every show. Connecting with like
minded people, visiting with customers and hopefully helping them
deal with what they were going through. Getting feedback on my products,
learning about other's products and services. Even bad shows were
fun because we could laugh about it.
I am still in shock I think. Us vendors can find other
shows, but those that worked the office, security, and ran the place...they
lost their jobs. The vendors in the main area...that was their shop,
their source of income...now have nowhere to go.
They haven't annouced who bought the place, but it
does not seem likely that they will open the same type of business.
The last weekend they are open is the last weekend in August, The
Holistic Show is scheduled for that weekend.
We will be the last show they ever have.
I am trying not to panic but these shows pay half
my bills every month. After August, I only have one show booked in
October. I honestly do not know what to do. In the past few months
I have been trying to find more income but my efforts have come to
naught. I want to continue Infinite Flame, and keep doing shows. But
I don't want to lose my house either. And other shows cost more for
space. That cuts into profits. We are discussing trying to continue
shows with the same vendors, hoping for that to pan out.
I have some ideas I'm working on, but it takes time
to be profitable. Please send me some positive thoughts and prayers
that I find my way to new and better things that will let me keep
doing what I love.
(I'll return to normal informative newsletters
Business goes on....
The stores in the main area are having liquidation
sales. You may want to get there and take advantage plus help these
people out, you can't pay bills with inventory sitting in storage
We have two more Holistic Shows. July 28-30 and
August 25-27. Stock up on our products, although most of us are
online. You can always order on this site....yes, I know I haven't
been keeping it updated. Stuff has been selling fast.....I will
be updating it after the July show with whatever doesn't sell.
Just to be clear....its the main area of Gibraltar
that is having the liquidations. Those of us in the show area are
not closing our businesses.
My jewelry is one of a kind, mostly. If you have been
eyeing a piece, you might want to pick it up at a show or pay shipping
after. The Alchemy Gothic jewelry
on the website is always available online but not at shows.
I'm low on some incense
as I have run out of some of the oils. I'm not sure when I'll order
more, probably not until I know whats what with shows.
Oh, and my air wasn't working for a month when we
first had that hot humid weather. So I was unable to make candles,
incense for a month. That made my stock low too. (boy, is this
ever bad timing). I'm doing what I can by the July show, but won't
be making new candles until August.
I did get new tumbled stones and will have
new caged stone necklaces at the show. My sister and I went
to the UP for almost a week and I have hematite and jaspilite
now for sale. I picked up small pieces so I can make jewelry and sell
some for a buck or two. And I have some bigger pieces also.
I did restock the broom pens too! A bonus when you
spend over $20 (One per customer, while supply lasts)
~~~~Rhiannon Rose @--^--