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Holiday Ole Show Introduces Christmas Shopping Season

‘Tis the season of shows.Holiday Ole display (left)


As an exhibitor, make your list, check it two or three times and, if you’re me, get to an event and discover what you left behind.

The first winter storm of the season caused even more pressure than usual at Albuquerque’s Holiday Ole. An overcast morning and icy roads forced us to delay arrival.

We rushed through setup. When the dust settled, I realized I’d forgotten lunch as well as my water bottle. Those little details don’t matter in the face of good humored shoppers and fun fellow artists.

Holiday Ole display (right)

My partners in crime, Michelle LaMeres of Wild Hare Studio and Kay Richards, both of whom show at Amapola Gallery, shared their snacks, advice and laughs. Although the three of us had not done a show together previously, we enjoyed the opportunity to collaborate in the presentation of our non-competitive merchandise.

Holiday Ole shoppers find local goods

As usual, “Shelley-Babe” generated positive conversations. The “Barely There” necklaces which hung on the display sold well.

We loved both our shoppers and the organizers. Each of us noticed the enthusiasm of the Junior League volunteers. In the words of best selling author “. -Pauelo Coelho
“Enthusiasm is the Sacred Fire.

Holiday Ole shopper looks at ornaments

Michelle’s glass Christmas ornaments were a hit. We suspected the cold weather encouraged women to buy Kay’s knitted shawls. Time flew by.

Mary Ellen Merrigan talks with Holiday Ole shoppers

Our booth was located by the front doors to the ballroom, so we saw people coming and going. The weather may have derailed some people’s plans, but the luncheon associated with Holiday Ole was sold out.

Would we do it again? The answer is YES!

We’ll see you next year at Holiday Ole!

Meantime, I’m updating that checklist to include lunch, water and a few other “pamper me” items.

naughts and nice bracelets

Some of those “Naughty and Nice” bracelets will be on display at my next event:

The Old Town Albuquerque Holiday Stroll on Friday, December 6, 2013. Festivities start at 4pm with the annual lighting of the Christmas Tree in Don Luis Plaza at 5:30pm.

I’ll see you there… At Amapola Gallery, that is. Amapola’s located at 205 Romero Street on the west side of the square in Old Town. (HINT: Look for the poppy flags flying from the second floor porch.)