It was 8:32 in the morning and our packing skills were being tested. Just how much can you cram into that little honda CRV before the glass on the hatch doesn’t shatter upon descent ? My friends diligently loaded my car in the already warm sun as we headed downtown to set up shop. _MG_2040_1I have been participating in pop up markets with my jewelry company Wind Blown for a few years now, and they are my absolute favorite. I want to share with you a little about why I love Pop-Up Markets!Paige Laurel The process. Setting up and tearing down an entire mini retail space within a day is quite intense. There is just something special about straightening your product on a table that is sitting in the middle of a street that hours earlier cars drove on. From start to finish, Pop-up’s see so much transformation of a space! helpersaboveThe atmosphere. I feel that my job as a vendor is to make my little space appealing and inviting for the fashionista as well as the man gnawing on watermelon and turkey legs across the street. You know what all people are drawn to, no matter their style or taste? Smiles and conversation. diverseIts really the best to be able to set up somewhere and  make new friends and be creative…oh yeah, and you get to sell stuff.laughSometimes you make furry friends…preciousphotoAnd sometimes your new friends inspire you in the creative process, like Anthony here, who wanted a necklace and sat down to design the one around his neck.man necklace_MG_2060_1

And then there is the chance to pass some skills on– I had the pleasure of showing these two, who made their own necklaces, that this whole “jewlery making thing” wasn’t as hard as its made out to be.learningLook at them go!"I did it!"And this is me: simply ecstatic to share a day with old and new friends, some sunshine and my jewels.happy Good news: There is more where this came from!

Amber and I will be at Sola Coffee this weekend embarking on another Pop-Up. Join us if you are anywhere near the Raleigh area!

 *Thanks to Paige Laurel for the use of her images.

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