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A couple of weeks ago I was a vendor at Girl Tribe in Charlotte and it. was. awesome. Two of my best friends, Sarah and Jackie, helped me do all the things that weekend from setup all the way to take down. It was a whirlwind of a weekend and our feet and backs were very tired - hello standing for hours and hours without chairs - but it was all worth it!
Girl Tribe Co. is a Charlotte based business, and the amazing women who run it organize pop-ups for other female owned businesses every year and in several different cities. Sarah has been the past couple of times and highly encouraged that I apply to be a vendor because of how wonderful of an experience it is. So thank goodness I listened to her and applied! Once I found out I was accepted as a vendor, I started preparing for my biggest market to date.
I was looking forward to this weekend for many reasons - 1) a weekend with some of my best friends, 2) opening up Ivy + Linen Design Co. to a whole new market, 3) meeting other amazing female entrepreneurs. This year the pop-up was in the Convention Center in downtown Charlotte which was a much bigger space than in the past. My booth was 7'x7' which was a little smaller than I am used to, but with some creative thinking we made it work just fine!
The week leading up to Girl Tribe I was busy making sure I had everything I would need for the booth, which included a couple trips to Michael's and Home Goods after having a moment of panic midway through the week. It also included me trying to test out the space in my office and then worrying that I had too much for the booth and we couldn't make it all work. So, you know, fun times.
But with too much or too little, Jackie and I were headed to Charlotte Friday morning to meet Sarah. We arrived in Charlotte Friday afternoon for our load-in time where we unloaded the car and dropped everything into the booth. We got to drive below the Convention Center which was probably more exciting to me than it should have been. And between the three of us it only took three trips to and from the car!
Then the setup began! We set up the tables, organized all of my inventory, and decorated with lots of fake greenery that I grabbed from all over my house before we left. Sarah was in charge of creating the custom design display board and she knocked it out of the park. The board was a definite highlight and showcased some of my recent projects so well! We managed to get it all done in 2.5 hours, so we called it a day to rest up and get ready for the days ahead.
Saturday the pop-up ran from 10-5, and then 12-5 on Sunday. I met all kinds of amazing vendors during setup and in the mornings before the shoppers arrived. And then once the shoppers arrived I met so many great Charlotte residents as well. Leading up to the event, I decided to create a Charlotte skyline print to debut at Girl Tribe and was so happy I did! I framed it at the front of the booth and it was quite the hit. It became the top selling item for the entire weekend!
One of my favorite stories from the pop-up is that I had displayed some of my semi-custom Save the Dates in the booth, and one attendee mentioned that the couple in the picture looked like her friend Morgan and her husband, but she was confused because the names displayed were not theirs. I then explained that it was from the semi-custom collection where my friend Chelsea Allegra Photography took the photo and I changed the names for the semi-custom design on the website. She then confirmed it was indeed her friend Morgan and we all got a good laugh! I love small world stories like that because you just never know what connections you will make.
Saturday and Sunday were long days, but Sarah, Jackie, and I had a wonderful time sharing the experience together. I am so thankful for their hard work to make the Girl Tribe weekend a success for me! Once the pop-up closed on Sunday we broke down the booth, loaded up the car, and headed back to Raleigh with tired bodies but excited spirits.
If you have never attended an event like Girl Tribe or any other large market of local vendors I highly recommend going to see all the inspiring booths and what each person has to offer. And if you are an entrepreneur who has never done a market, it really is a ton of fun and so worth it to give it a try! So thankful for an amazing time and meeting all kinds of new friends!
May 08, 2019
Such a fun and exciting weekend with sweet friends! So happy to be a part of your wonderful business!!
I am so glad it was a huge success – way to go ladies!
What an amazing weekend spent with best friends!!! Proud of how Ivy + Linen was introduced to the CLT market! Can’t wait for the next one!!!