Tuesday, November 17, 2009

isang maarteng raket

this was my table at the mother butler holiday bazaar last weekend. my second time to join a bazaar. it went quite well. well, except for the fact that i could not feel my feet anymore from 3 to 5 pm and starting at 5:01pm, i could feel my feet TOO much. tiny pin pricks exploded all over my feet and calves, and around the bony protrusions (i have a lot of those) were swellings that made themselves known without shame. both nights of the bazaar, i had to ask our long suffering yaya jennilyn to boil water so that i could soak my poor, poor, poor feet.

but what did i expect, really? having been up basically on them for 14 hours straight?

all things considered, better to have been up all those hours, than sitting down, because that would have meant very bad business indeed.

i met so many people, old friends. new acquaintances.

my favorite people included two very pretty ladies, cousins, who came back a total of eleven million times to peruse the wares. sometimes they bought, sometimes they just looked. i liked having them look and answering their questions about how i made this and that. the elder one, pia, is 3rd year high school at ateneo and the younger one, monique, is a grade schooler. their lola had a booth. once, their lola came barelling down the aisle (in a very regal manner) towards my table while they were trying on necklaces. they both ran back to their booths even before the lola could say anything. apparently, it was their turn to man their store.

pia and monique would come an hour after visiting and ask if i had more stocks, like i were some kind of superwoman, crafting beads in between talking to customers, computing, bagging, and giving change. finally, i just let them into my white tupperware. just to reassure them that they've seen everything. they called my bluff. they showed me a necklace that wasn't on display. they bought it. the thing is, i sort of like that one. and wanted it for myself.....

another pair that i got to know well was a mother-daughter team named lissa. because they are both named lissa. really. they both had great skin, that was the first thing i noticed about them. the mom really knew which items to go for. she went right away for this giant green organically-shaped resin bead bracelet which i was sort of....keeping for myself. mother dearest bought that bead in the states. there are only three of them. now i know that i definitely will keep the other one. the other lissa, the daughter, was more interested in the business side of things, than on the wares at hand. she said she had an online store and two parlors, knows a friend who also owns another parlor, and that they'd like me to display my stuff with them during the not-christmas season. this was after i told lissa-lissa (and the cult jam, remember that 80s group? i digress. as usual) that i only have stores during the holidays. told them i will think about it.

another customer i will not forget is this woman, 60ish, who would ask for the STEEPEST discount. like she would ask if a 95 earring could be sold to her for 45, or a 305 necklace for 125. so funny. i know it was a game for her but i found it so funny playing along. in the end, i did give her good discounts (but not what she was asking for!) because she bought so much! she made her first purchase in the morning of the second day. in the afternoon, she came back to ask, like pia and monique, if i had new stocks. haha. i don't know why they ask me this. maybe they don't really believe that i made my own wares myself. she asked me if i will be at the tzu chi bazaar and i said i will. she gave me her name and told me to reserve the good ones for her.

hmm. now what will i make of that request?

this is a photo of the earring stands i made the night before the bazaar. the most frequent inquiries were about these! rashdi, ariel and i had to keep telling people that the price refers to the earrings, not the stands. ariel said maybe we should make a lot of these to sell in the next fair. where to find clay pots these small? challenge, challenge....

this is a photo of the two full time sales staff: rashdi and me. we look so tan here. as if we spent the past few weeks lounging by the sea, drinking ice tea and reading instead of cutting paper, stringing, bending, pricing, everythinging...

the name of my store is the chic chick. a mouthful. that's me. always going for the complicated. if you will look closely, the drawing of the three fowls atop the name chic chick is all wrong. they re roosters. not chicks. only two persons noticed: my husband, because he loves criticizing and critiquing even more than me. he is september-born too, see. and us september-borns, we LUHRVE to criticize, asegun. the other person was a customer. rochelle from the city assessor's office. so she does have an assessing eye...


  1. haha my nieces Pia and Monique Atilano? I used to teach monique painting way back - Tita Nelida commissioned me to teach the kids for 1 month.

    nice accessories btw

  2. buddha b, they were your nieces?!!

    i should have known. so it was not just your aunts but your nieces too. your entire clan was indeed there. ikaw lang wala.

    i must say, good looks and good taste (ahem) runs in your family.

  3. you wanted a couple of pieces for yourself, but ended up selling them. i kinda find that funny...what did they say about the shoemaker's wife and the blacksmith's mare? haha

    btw, do you sell online? i'm not really into jewelry...but i need affordable stuff to give away for Christmas to the bajillions of females in my team. let me know :)

  4. ems, i don't know what the story on the shoemaker's wife and blacksmith's mare is. what ba? :)

    i basically make and sell only things i would wear myself. many of the things i make, i don't want to let go....

    but i do eventually, because i love seeing other people wear them ALMOST as much i love wearing them myself.

    and what kind of a business person would i be then, if i don't? haha.

    i don't sell them online though because i really don't have the time. i am back to having full load here in school. someone offered to sell them in her multiply. will keep you posted. :)

  5. "the shoemaker's wife and the blacksmith's mare are the worse shod"

    haha. i can totally relate. i also sell makeup online and the stock i order would usually be the things i like to use myself i.e concealer and tint more than, say, foundation and eyeshadow. and even if i tell myself that this one item i will keep, i usually end up selling it if someone orders.

  6. Will there be any bazaars when I get there next month?

    "i must say, good looks and good taste (ahem) runs in your family." lol let the bola begin haha thank you.

  7. the earring stands are fantastic! I love them so!

  8. @buddha b, the last major one, tzu chi at garden orchid hotel, is on the 13th, i think.

    @little waltz, thank you!

  9. Hehe, I believe I did mentioned your earrings in one of my post. Beautiful accessories, really. :)

  10. anonymous, thank you!

    won't you tell me who you are? so i can thank you un-anonymously? pretty please? :)

  11. ma'am yen, anonymous is barbs. karen barba. hehe

  12. well, hello there, karen. ;) welcome!

    ems, how come you knew and i didn't? are there signals i am missing? haha

  13. oh no...when you point your mouse on anonymous' name, her website, karenbarba.multiply.com is seen on the status bar on the bottom of the screen. if you click on her name, it'll send you over to the same multiply address. That's how I found out that 'twas her. hehe


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