I've attended this annual crop (held every October) for a few years, but this year was different. This year I did not attend as a cropper, but I did attend as a vendor. Being a vendor was a lot of fun and I look forward to doing it again. For my booth, I wasn't just a vendor, I was there on behalf of another organization that is near and dear to my heart, as well as some of the other croppers, Operation Write Home. A lot of croppers were either veterans, military spouses, and had a family member in the military. Being in Charleston, SC, we have two military bases (that have now merged into one joint base), so we have a lot of military people in the area, and even some retirees who have decided to settle down in SC (like my dad, who retired after 24 years in the Air Force).
This was only the second time I've run a vendor booth. I did one selling doll clothes at a craft fair in NC several years ago, but this was my first one I've done for a non-profit. All I can say is WOW!
I was SO impressed by all of the ladies (and a gentleman) that opened their hearts and wallets to OWH. I received $40 in donations for shipping costs and 24 pieces of Any Hero Mail, plus a few blank cards for troops to use to write home.
Yep, I think the weekend was a success! It was wonderful to get together with so many creative people and I was thrilled to introduce them to OWH.
Here are a few pictures from the event last weekend.
Set up and ready to go on Friday evening.
Making cards on Saturday
Hanging out with the croppers on Sunday