Wednesday, September 14, 2011

ARTapalooza 2011

ARTapalooza in Cedar Falls this past weekend was a blast!  We loved the atmosphere, the weather and all of the great people that we got to visit with!

Here are some highlights of our booth:

This show was our first experience using our new Square device to process credit cards.  Although we were a bit nervous about the whole thing, it worked really well, was very easy and fast to use and it's going to be a great benefit to our totals!  

Last year we were thrilled to win the Merchant's Award - which was our first time at this show.  This year look at what we won:  "Best of Show!"  A group of about 10 members from the ARTapalooza committee came to our booth, made a little speech, took our picture, and presented us with a ribbon and check!  Then they all clapped!  It was quite the little moment!  So we hung our ribbon next to this cool name sign that they made for all the artists to hang in their booths. 

A reporter from the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier interviewed us for this article about the event. 

This is a show that really takes good care of all of their artists.  They provided us with a sack breakfast, sack lunch, bottles of water and a trail mix snack.  We've got to keep up our strength you know!  We truly appreciated the thoughtfulness and care.

But even more amazing were all of the stories that we had the privilege to hear from customers about why they were buying a particular piece.  Humbling and exciting to be a small part of what God is doing in others' lives!  Those special stories will be coming up next, plus a look at some of Mamma Winger's newest pieces.

In the meantime, we're getting ready for Riverssance, this weekend in Davenport!

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