Last Sunday at Patchwork Show Long Beach a first time Patchwork vendor came up to me and thanked me for putting together the show. Moments like this mean so much to Delilah and me. Patchwork takes months of planning to put together, not to mention tons of physical labor the week and day of the show. Hearing a first time vendor say that not only was show successful for his business but well organized and attended… was awesome. The vendor also complimented the group of vendors at the show. He said he’d never done a show before (and he’s been doing shows for years) where his fellow vendors were so helpful and nice and he truly felt a sense of community.
I feel this sense of ‘family’ from our Patchwork vendors too. It was evident during one of our long beach shows last year when it poured rain and vendors were huddling together, sharing warm coffee, tarps and helping each other find ways to keep themselves and their goods dry. One vendor even made a run to Target for umbrellas and rain boots for everyone. We all waited out the rain and just as the sun came out, so did the shoppers and it ended up being an amazing day.
One of the biggest factors that keeps Patchwork thriving is our vendors. Without all the creative talented vendors helping to promote the show, creating awesome booth displays, making innovative goods and being generous and respectful to fellow vendors, Patchwork would cease to exist. So, thank you to all our volunteers, staff, sponsors, partners and especially our vendors. If you missed Patchwork Long Beach, join us at our upcoming fall shows: Patchwork Oakland November 24th and Patchwork Santa Ana December 1st.
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