I know, I know. I’ve been neglecting you all. But I do have a good reason – I’ve been busy with the greyhound adoption stuff! And for the past few weeks I’ve been anxiously preparing for Brambleberry’s first show trade stand.
I’ve never done this before. I mean, I’ve done craft fairs – and none too successfully, I have to say – but never a stand for a charity. Never a stand on behalf of someone else. It was nerve-wracking!
Needless to say, we had no Brambleberry merchandise to sell, because we are still working on that (spending other people’s money without going back to them every step of the way and checking I’m doing things right is difficult for me) but I did have my HoundMade Designs stuff to sell, and our board of adoptable dogs, and Brambleberry leaflets to give out etc.
I made dog cookies too, and they sold reasonably well, though there was some stiff competition in that department. One lady there was making some proper little pies for dogs, with pastry and all. I bought a slice of ‘Sunday Lunch’ pie for my two and they LOVED it! It quite put my cheese doughnuts and banana & honey ‘moons’ in the shade, I can tell you!
And shade was something very, very hard to come by on Sunday. OH tells me that the temperature rose only to 25C, but I don’t believe him. I thought I was going to die from heatstroke! People were draping wet towels over their dogs to cool them, and some had brought proper ‘cool down’ coats, or even dog tents. It was so hot, that when I went to pick up a piece of jewellery that someone wanted to look at, I nearly dropped it because it nearly burned me!
It was a good thing we had that gazebo, though at one point I said to my hardworking lieutenant that I thought it was keeping the heat trapped inside and I went out to see. I scurried back pretty quickly though, because, no, it wasn’t. It was scorching ‘peel your skin off and dry out your eyeballs’ outside, and merely ‘too hot to think’ inside. We did take all but one side down, though, to catch any miniscule breeze that might spring up.
Money-wise we did reasonably well for our first time out, but the important thing is that we gave out a lot of leaflets. This surprised me because it was a greyhound show and I thought that people would already have the dogs they wanted, or would just go back to the same place if they wanted another, but no. Many people stopped to look at our dog photos and many people took leaflets, saying that they were thinking of getting another. And despite the fact that this show was an hour and a half’s drive from here, we met several Brambleberry dogs with their new owners, and you can see them scattered throughout this post. And we also met dog-less people from our area, so that was a very, very good result indeed!
So bring on the next show – we’re ready!