It all started last year when I did a show called Falloween, (also called the American Folk Art Festival) at the Madonna Winery in Sonoma. It was September, hot day, to exhibit was by invitation only by the owner of the winery. Many cool artists were at this show, all the work had to have a Halloween or Fall theme. Setting up was early and groggy, 7am. I had two 8 foot tables, and packed them full, with not an inch to spare. The show opened at 10a.m. with a flurry of customers rushing in. People's work was snatched up so quickly! One artist was sold out in less than an hour! I barely had time to chat people up, things were being grabbed and bought up so quickly it was like a flash of retail frenzy! But it was so much fun!! I don't think I stopped til 2:00pm.
When I was invited back for this year (Sept.6) I decided I'd get a bit more geeky about Halloween and Fall and really show some spirit!!! I guess you might say I got super excited!!
First I started collecting a few vintage postcards. They are really expensive. I found the top hat pumpkin man below for $30! For an old postcard?? I got the woman down to $20. I made so many brooches of him! I was hooked.
Well I bought some bulk collections from the UK, Malayasia, and all around the US. I especially loved the simple graphic ones too!
By the time I found the piggy back pumpkin men I had signed up for Hallowbaloo, a Halloween show in Seattle on September 20. AND a big Halloween show in Petaluma on September 27th. I had over 35 Halloween different designs.
I was making Halloween stuff on Easter. Really felt like I was sinking too much time into this crazy far off distant halloween holiday, but I couldn't stop!
I've really had so much fun! After my enthusiastic postings on Facebook, a store in Canada, Zydeco, ordered a few brooches! I felt better there was like minded Halloween lovers so early in the year!
I put a few into our tiny shop on Sutter Street (FAVOR!!) and yesterday a couple bought three of them!! Again this is May! Feeling better and better about my Halloween addiction!
So there's still a ton of images I'm not showing you. Here just some of my favorites on this blog. I am working on photographing them and getting them up on the website in the next ten days! I'm no longer ashamed of my early bird holiday enthusiasm.
Here's the four images that started it all! These are so cool and amazing!
If you love Halloween, come out and see me! If you live no where near the shows, I ship!! Thanks for looking!
Sept. 6 Falloween at Maddonna Winery. It is their 7th year. Www.americanfolkartfestival.com
Sept 20, Seattle, WA WWW.hallowbaloo.com
Sept 27 Petaluma, CA www.halloweenandvine.com