For the second year in a row we decided to make the trek up to Chicago to be a part of the Renegade Holiday Craft Fair, and it turned out to be a GREAT weekend. Since Beth is just a few weeks out from having her baby, she decided that it might be best to stay home where she could get a little more rest. I (Carrie) was obviously a bit disappointed to be going without my sidekick, but we all knew that it would be for the best. So I recruited a team. They dubbed themselves The A Team. And they were awesome. The line-up…Karen, (sis-in-law), and Dustin and Melissa (brother and sis-in-law).
We left Mid-Missouri early on Friday evening. Everything was going great until we got to central Illinois and ran straight into a snowstorm. For about 200 miles we averaged maybe 35 mph. Dustin handled it great…and the van pulled us through. We rolled into Chicago safe and sound around 3:30 am. Ouch.
Saturday morning we drug ourselves out of bed and headed straight to the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse to set up for the fair.
Our booth location was great this year. We were lucky enough to be in the auditorium on the end of a row.
Karen and Melissa did an awesome job of helping set up the booth.
It’s a challenge to fit everything into a 6×6 ft. space, but we made it work! It is really crazy to think about how much we’ve done in a year. I feel like this year we had twice the amount of products to put on display than we did last year.
Attendance was great, and we got such a great response from all the fair goers who passed by our booth.
We were also directly across from some awesome entertainment. Dustin taking in the sweet sounds of the record players…
Saturday night we went out for some deep dish Chicago pizza at Lou Malnati’s. It was SO good, but we were SO tired. We went back to our home away from home and crashed. We were lucky to stay in a really great location not too far from where Renegade took place. The street was so pretty in the snow!
We were back at it on Sunday for day 2 of the fair. It was a lot of fun looking around at all the other booths, and meeting other vendors. So many talented people!
Christmas in Chicago!
On the way out of town on Monday morning we stopped at Millennium Park to see the giant bean sculpture.
Always a fun place to take pictures!
A BIG HUGE thanks to the team for all the work that made the weekend a success!