I love having a family business, I really do. Especially since the family reads the blog (Hi Mom! Hi Dad! Luv you <3). We absolutely never, ever, have even the smallest disagreement about anything.
Ok. So maybe we occasionally have very constructive, enthusiastic discussions. And maybe the best way to set up our craft fair booth is a common topic. And I might even have gone to the internet and asked for feedback so I’d have…well, “ammunition” seems like too strong a word….let’s go with “external confirmation” for the ideas I presented to the family (thanks friends).
Anyhoo! Last Friday night, before dinner (but after a long day at work/working on the ranch, totally ideal timing), we did a trial run of a new layout in the driveway. The central tenants for me were “open and uncluttered”. The rest of the fam was still rocking the “use all the possible space” theory. Not mutually exclusive concepts…but close to it. Eventually, this is what we ended up with:
We moved the peg boards to the back and wrapped them around, so they are more like a back wall and less like two side walls. There is actually room behind the boards for most of the family to tuck away, so they aren’t, you know, lurking around trying to talk to people. We moved the table in the center to one side, and me from the back to the other side.
The old layout is on the left, the new on the right. I’m hoping it felt more like a shallow bowl and less like a tunnel. I think we had more people come into the booth, but then again, we had more people at the event.
Friends? Did we do better? I promise not to use your comments as key points in any further discussions…actually, that’s a lie. But I’ll be very gentle.