I just got an amazing opportunity!

In the first post, I mentioned the process of starting a venture like this was driving in a rush hour traffic jam. I just got a break! I met up with Erin of Momentum and we had a wonderful chat. She didn’t have a signed lease to the building, but lots of little pieces that lead up to it!

Erin was a wonderful resource for just about every aspect from connecting me to spaces to get my feet wet on organizing market events to connecting me with education to help me with the paper aspects of the business. I was so impressed by this woman who is working to bring ethics back to business. I left the meeting with air in my lungs.

There comes a time when you should shut up and shake a hand and say good-bye… for better or worse, I never seem to do that. Asking personal questions about her life experience I was only more impressed. Finally the time was set and I said good-bye, but it still felt like there was too much space in the air around me. Have you ever felt like there was so much potential in the space around, you needed to put a mark on it? Mural painters must feel this way with every large unadorned space they see. While there is a beauty in blank spaces, like walls in a gallery, there must be variety to inspire.

I have the list of dates for the orientation, but I am preoccupied by a family matter. I am hoping for the best outcome. It should be decided by the 28th of June. Until then I’m sure I will be a basket case, and I’m trying to do small things.

My visit to the Calgary New Age Market

Naturally Unique stand and one of the market organizers

Naturally Unique stand and one of the market organizers

I had the pleasure of going to this market when it first started. It is a much different market from what I envision for what I am working to build. Building a market is something they have done over the last two years, so I went down to check out what Amanda and George had created.

We haven’t had a chance to really talk shop, it really wasn’t the right environment but we are in

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Fifth Avenue Collection sengerstacy@gmail.com

contact now. The market is held once a month on a Saturday at the Hillhust/Sunnyside Community Center (1320 5 Ave NW Calgary, Alberta). While I was there I spoke to some of the vendors about their experiences with other markets and what they were looking for in a market space. Also got some nice pics of their table set ups. It’s always so inspiring to talk to entrepreneurs. Every one has a similar goal but

Little P's Pots

Little P’s Pots

there are so many paths, each one takes, to create their own success.

While there were many tables that caught my eye I took just a few pics so I wouldn’t get in the way of their business.

Elemental Illusions, has beautiful work and there is an extra bit of magic when you can

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2GXpressions 2gxpressions@gmail.com

actually see the work being done while you watch!

This isn’t my first time seeing Little P’s Pots the Kid has been doing these awesome pieces for a while now, hmmmm… wonder if my daughter has a talent like this?

There are some people who have created their own products and there are people who are

Handycraft Creations on facebook Hand Crafted by Cathy Ziegler

Handycraft Creations on facebook Hand Crafted by Cathy Ziegler

selling lines from others. While I didn’t get many pictures of people who were offering readings they can be found at this market as well.

The set up is very spacious and from what I have seen of the Hillhurst/Sunnyside Flea Market on Sundays I am given to the understanding that this is due to fire code.

When I’ve been doing my calculations I have given one have of the the space I’m working with to walkways and it looks like I”m not far off.

Selest Harberstock and Mary-ann Gaudreau

Mary-Ann Gaudreau of Miche and Selest Harberstock of stella & dot

Janet Snelgrove grejan@telus.net

Janet Snelgrove grejan@telus.net

While reading about other market organizers another notion has been entered into the mix which is that I need to be careful about the types of vendor that I let into the market. Obviously I need to exclude anyone who has intentions of selling illegal goods, but beyond that I need to sort out what kind of image will work best for the International Ave market.

I have some great ideas about the layout and the physical look of the place. With supplies and some work it can be quite visually spectacular. The feel however may need more planning then I am comfortable with at this time. Generally I like an organic evolution when it come to the vibe of a place, but there are way to nurture the experience you want to give, and that will have to be a focus of my research now.

Janet Snelgrove little cupcakes and sushi

Janet made the cutest little cup cakes and sushi boxes out of baby clothes and little blankets and wash clothes… Soooooo cute!

While talking to the vendors I heard the same story, that a lot of markets will not take people who are selling cosmetic lines or other party lines.

I love the concept of everything being home made, but I don’t see why I would exclude a home based business (and those ones are expensive to get into). Granted there would have to be a mix.

I have also been in contact with the city of Calgary permits office, to find out what I need toThe Guru Mama Center run the Classic Tailgate Sale. There was a consensus in the office that due to the fact that the location can be moved so easy that everyone attending would need a $700 licence to participate in the sale. Not gonna happen that way, I know that much. For a regular market permit, at this time, I am looking at a little over $300, which mean I will need at least enough

YYC Growers and Distributors Society

YYC Growers and Distributors Society

space to hold 50 cars, and lets hope the rent on the parking lot isn’t too excessive.  Another idea has been placed before me in that I may be able to get use of city property to run the event. There is a place that would work very well if that could be pulled off.

Dusty Ray

Well, that’s about enough for right now. I want to put out a special thank you to Dusty Rea, for helping to connect me to all the great contacts and letting me know about the Great in Greater Forest Lawn event!

I need to be honest about my love of classic cars

The view I grew up with

The view I grew up with

Just drive though the woods they said... it's easy they said...

Just drive though the woods they said… it’s easy they said…

Since I have indicated that I want to do a Classic Tailgate Sale, I have been asked if I’m a car enthusiast… I’m not an educated statistical data kinda car lady. I am an artist, horse power does not hold my attention, a nice shape does. I also like the trivia about cars, I don’t mind getting greasy under a hood, or figuring out how to nurse a car back to running.

They said convert it to green power

They said convert it to green power

I grew up on a family farm, and visited another one for holidays. we had junk yards filled with old cars and farm equipment. While I was visiting my sister I took some pics of the romantic old trucks buried in greenery. I may not know the make model, horsepower or the number of cylinders in a car or truck. I do know the beauty and passion I see in a well kept piece of the machinery.

A pair of old trucks

A pair of old trucks

Hope you enjoy the pics, and I hope to see some better kept cars and their trunks soon 🙂

Due to technical issues:

Randomly a tec from our internet service provider asked to enter our yard yesterday afternoon. What a pleasant surprise! We have a hub in our back yard and this was the first time in years that permission was asked. While the tec was working our internet went down… okay he’s working, we can handle a couple of minutes without our phone and internet… ummm it’s been a couple of minutes, let’s ask him how long this is going to be – he’s gone. Half an hour of waiting on my cell (daytime minutes are limited) and I find out that there is no information on why this happened. The same tec should be giving us a call that evening but, no one calls (maybe he called the house phone and got a busy signal cause that’s broken too).

I`m writing this off-line, while my cell phone is on speaker, playing bad ‘on hold’ music interjected with a recording of a rep letting me know about all their great support systems online… arggggggggg

Sorry if I have missed your email or call, but it looks like my services call is scheduled for tomorrow evening. Still kinda wished I had been called for that update instead of having to call it in.  I do have a laptop, so I can travel and post and check in on my email. So I guess this has been a lesson to me. Call people or email them even if it’s bad news or a delay… I haven’t always been great about that kinda stuff in the past but when someone else’s schedule depends on your input, you need to keep them informed.

I haven’t been slouching while the internet was down. We have been fixing up the house, I took my daughter to the hospital (she’s okay), both the kids to a b-day party and now I’m visiting with family… and using their internet. I should get more visiting in, so I’ll post this and get back to it.

I Have Many Talented Friends, So I’m Networking

When working in real estate, we were encouraged to wear our badges, and let everyone we knew that we were in real estate sales. “Don’t be a secret agent!” (this was back when I could be called a real estate agent rather than associate) Instead of trying to quietly work on the back-end, of this, before I present it, and be armed with all my paperwork, I have acted. So far, I have blundered forward and been loud and charming, and have received a lot of new contacts for my effort. Now that I’ve got people thinking though, it’s probably time to show ’em i’m not just another pretty face.

I called a friend who has had some success in business and even helped put together an event or two. He didn’t feel that his knowledge was all that relevant to my idea, but he was willing to chat. Well, he was an awesome fountain of information. He helped me tame some of my expectations, confirmed what I knew about the market spaces in Calgary were not that outta date. He also let me know that him and his wife are in the process of buying an existing business, but he’s under contract not to tell what it is. This guy is a wonderful conversationalist, and I know that it’s killing him as much as it would be killing me, not to tell anyone what it is. They been working on this deal for about two years, and in that time have come across some great resources.

The Business Development Bank of Canada (www.BDC.ca), is the first place I have gone. There are tons of things on this site that let you sort out what you need to get funding, and to help develop a solid business plan. He also let me know that I should look up an executive summary template. Filling this out will give me and others a better definition of what I’m trying to accomplish.

I have been working on it, and have been working with my creativity to fill out the standard business form to my idea.

The July 9th 2015 Best of The East Stampede Breakfast Pancake Breakfast

3am that’s when I got to sleep, 7am that’s when I woke up. I didn’t dare close my eyes, not even to blink, until I was standing. I have been trained for 4 years by my two wonderful daughters to operate usefully, if not super quick, on reduced sleep. My hubby who was going to drive me down woke up, then fell back to sleep. I let him sleep. He had watched our girls the entire day before and they tuckered him right out.

A quick bath, make-up to cover my dark circles, and I was out the door. I arrived later than I would have liked and as I was opening my trunk, Kate pulled in behind me. We loaded ourselves up and Kate proudly held up the box holding the toy cars, commenting on how it was great that such a sturdy box had a second use. I’m guessing you know what happened next. Whoosh, the bottom of the box opened up and over one hundred little cars spilled out onto the curb. Kate handed off the rest of what she was holding, and set to recovering the toys, while I hurried up to the breakfast site.

The breakfast had not started yet and I got to set down the boxes right next to where we ended up setting up. By the time I got my set up instructions, Kate had arrived. We shared a table with two ladies who were informing the public about the Calgary transit initiative to add bus lanes to improve transit in the area.

The mini parking lot out in the sun

The mini parking lot out in the sun

The little parking lot took form and the cars looked great! My pitch was sloppy though and I felt so unprepared without any of our posters, and printed material. I didn’t have any contact cards printed (and when checking on this site that night, discovered the contact me page was not auto populated, oops). I was trying to get people to fill out the survey I had printed while they were waiting in line… but like I said before, my creativity slows down when I’m a bit tired. Super Kate to the rescue. She was a spectacular advocate, survey gatherer, and all round champ. I went and got the coffee and breakfast.Survey filled

Kate working hard and looking goodI listen to her pitch and adopted it for my own. Making kids happy, by giving them little cars, and fridge magnets, and adults happy the same way, I soldiered forward. By the end of it, there were not enough surveys done(just over 50), but I met some more great contacts!

Rebecca holding flowersDuring clean up, Alison brough us beautiful flower bouquets and I realized how long the day had been. New boots, were killing my feet. My body ached and Kate had left to make an appointment. I trekked back to the car, loaded it up and came home.

When I got home, my hubby sent me off for a bath and bed after helping me take off my boots. He unloaded the car for me, put the flowers in water, and brough me brunch in bed. So I’m feeling spoiled and happy, while I write this.  I hope you enjoyed the breakfast as much as I did.

Classic Tailgate Sale

Classic Car Fridge Magnets

Classic Car Fridge Magnets

There I was at the International Ave BRZ office (Business Revitalization Zone),  picking up the check I was awarded. Woot! $300! I also ended up being able to get in a bit of a meeting with Alison, the Executive Director of the International Ave BRZ. She made some great suggestions, and I almost immediately rejected them. This was a mistake, I know because after a restless night I emailed her humbly and asked to take her suggestions, to do a survey at a pancake breakfast, and look into a ‘car boot sale’. Of course the next day was Canada day, and I had to wait… waiting again.

She said “Yes!” and off I go writing up a survey then two, then splitting one so it looked like three, asking all sorts of information for me and others. I was typing like one possessed, and I submitted my proposals, for all of my fantastic concepts of how the future International Ave could look… So Alison didn’t say I was possessed, however she made some suggestions, and I calmed down reviewed my goals and striped away anything not immediately relevant.

The first objective is to make a memorable impression at the pancake breakfast. The second is to get awareness and support for a car boot sale. When looking into the history of car boot sales, wiki had mentioned that trunk sales from Canada had inspired the events. I asked my husband if he knew about them. He let me know that, of course, he had attended tailgate sales in the area when he was a kid. So in keeping with the history of the ave, I want to call it a tailgate sale, but to add a historical reference, Classic Tailgate Sale. To further the feel I want to be able to invite classic car owners to come and show off their automotive masterpieces. I intend on offering classic car pricing to help encourage people to polish up their garage gems and bring them out to shine!

To get people in the know about my project, I’m passing out over 100 vintage mini toy autos, and some fridge magnets, featuring some lovely pics of classic cars, with this blog address on them. This will be the swag incentive to fill out my little survey. The back of some of the magnets have pieces of orange pin stripes on them so I can create a little parking lot. This will give a bit of a visual, though I didn’t get my little people and their sale items made, it will still be pretty cool.

Mini parking lot and mess

Mini parking lot and mess

I was inspired the day before the pancake breakfast and have been spending the entire day and some of my funding (or most of it), getting my display ready. I made a call for help, and was rewarded with a small army of volunteers. Ayu is a genius at the detailed well organised manufacturing. Kate is on board for table and crowd walking. Forest was a machine at the card peel and stick. So everything important actually got done!

Kate sharpening the midnight pencil

Kate sharpening the midnight pencil

I’m not great in the heat and made a mistake with the ink purchase, and got two color inks for the printer instead of color and black, so we ran out of ink before all of my posters and stuff were printed. This could be a pretty bad mistake, if we end up running out of cards, which seems likely at this event. Having said that I’m gonna have to go with plan B, and just give‘er.

Now I’m just finishing this blog for posting in the wee hours of the morning before my early day tomorrow, filled with pancakes and much coffee. So big smiles and fun for the pancake breakfast, and did I mention coffee?