The 2015 Polka Dot Flea is over and it was successful beyond our wildest imagination!
One of our wonderful sponsors Barr Display provided this lady mannequin who spent 3 days holding up all of her purchases on her bike. They also provide stanchions, shopping bags for customers, and grid work for a temporary office space...Love you Barr Display!
It started with taping off the booths on Thursday and then setup day on Friday
We had beverages and snacks laid out on the ticket booths during set up on Friday...Vendors get mighty thirsty and hungry while setting up their booths
I often say "We" when I talk about anything involving the Polka Dot Flea. I am referring to my son Bradley, the two of us ARE the "Polka Dot Flea"...We completely share every aspect of the promoting, organizing, and running of the Polka Dot Flea. He does most of the social media, computer work, graphics, coordinates the staff and runs the majority of the Flea on show days. I do most of the marketing, finances (Yuk) , layout, and creative touches...Our collaboration works out well and I could not do it without him!
Once "We" had the venue ready on Friday we welcomed our vendors
They were lined up with trailers as far as the eye could see.
We had our amazing staff ready at 7 separate unloading doors. Within 20 minutes all of our vendors were at their doors unloading and escorted to their booths by our wonderful hostesses. Having an organized show and making it a pleasant experience for our vendors is our number one priority.
And the set-up began! We had 1 staff member for every 6 vendors and they were willing to help in any way they could. All of our staff have walkie talkies so the communication between everyone is excellent!
This adorable photo booth was set up courtesy of our amazing sponsor Adjectives Market who also hosted a vendor party on Saturday night....A million thank you's!
We followed the bicycle theme all the way through the show starting with the poster
Then Saturday morning at 9am it was.....Show Time!
I all but cried when we went out early to collect admission and hand out Polka Dot Flea shopping bags.......We could not believe the line!
It wasn't long before they were out of the Florida heat and in 21,000 sq feet of air conditioned shopping bliss....They came.....and they came..... A steady stream of shoppers all Saturday and Sunday!
I'll be back soon to bring you inside the Polka Dot Flea!
The Pink Paper Rose a vendor from New Jersey
In the mean time you might enjoy reading this wonderful article about the 2015 Polka Dot Flea that was in our local newspaper the Orlando Sentinel on Monday!
I'll be back soon