we basically got rained out at renegade this year. for the un-local, it rained pretty heavily and steadily all weekend, although i think it finally stopped around 4pm on sunday. saturday we set up and it seemed ok for a few hours, but after the wind picked up it was impossible to keep our stuff from getting wet (our booth was at the end of a row, and our makeshift tarp walls weren't long enough to shield us). then we ended up lending one of our plastic tablecloths to a neighbor who had no walls at all, meaning we had one wet unusable table... not that there were any customers browsing, anyway. so we packed up and went home. sunday we just couldn't face setting up given that it was raining even harder and the tent ceiling kept filling up with water. a lot of other vendors stuck it out, so we probably look really lame for giving up, but we figured it was better to cut our losses and avoid having a lot of soggy product. i feel really bad for the organizers (there seemed to be some misplaced hostility in that department too, since a lot of us payed for electricity and it was so wet that they couldn't turn on the generators for safety reasons -- i'd rather not get electrocuted, thanks, and it's not like the rain was anybody's fault.) on the upside, we have a head start on stocking our november fairs (we are doing art vs. craft in milwaukee and hopefully get into renegade holiday) and hopefully we can add some stuff into our sad neglected etsy store.
oh, and i bought stuff, of course :P i finally met jessee from art school dropout
in person and had a little spree buying jewelry and barrettes from her, and got some amazing halloween decorations from owly shadow puppets