Sooooo....my first indoor craft show is coming up in November and I've added to the items I bought 2 years ago for my first outside show (where I had hardly any inventory). So now I have 8 2x6 grid panels and I have been carrying around in the back of my and car, a box of face outs, 2 boxes with gondolas (silly me I assumed they came in 1 piece due to the size of the box, and 2 boxes with some other hanger things and hardware that go with it all. I had the FedEx man just load it straight into the back of my Expedition because I knew it had to go to storage (no more room behind my couch where the first 4 grid panels are currently stored). The new grid panels were delivered in a different shipment and have been on my deck for about 2 weeks now. Tomorrow I am picking up 5 folding tables on my way home from work and off to storage with it all I go. Today, however, was practice packing it all in there.
When I was checking in the carload of stuff from FedEx, it suddenly hit me that I am old, overweight, and VERY out of shape. How on earth am I going to handle loading, unloading, and setting up all of this stuff. PLUS...I have so much display stuff to take, where am I going to fit in all of my dresses and booties and other stuff I plan to sell??? I was suddenly very depressed about the entire situation.
So, I thought about it. That's what I do...I put it on the back burner and it processes back there until I come up with a plan. I do a lot of thinking (and procrastinating). Here is my plan, so far:
#1) Get a dolly or platform truck. The issue with this is finding one that can handle weight of the grid panels but still be light enough that I can lift it and still have it fit in my vehicle. Well, I found a great one and, although it doesn't completely fold up, it fits easily into the back of my Expedition. I say that lightly because, while it may have been easy for someone with muscles, it wan't so easy for me to lift it - but I did, so we are doing pretty well so far.
#2) Pack my metal pieces into something more portable than crates or boxes. I am so NOT a box person - expecially if it has any weight to it at all. Solution - I finally found a use for those heavy-duty canvas zip-up duffle-type bags that came with my luggage.
#3) Get a helper. I am sharing a booth with another person, but her back is worse than mine...wish I could rent a husband! Still working on this one.