I went to the Healdsburg Guitar Festival, in Santa Rosa, CA, with mixed feelings. I didn’t have any expectations as to how many bags I would sell, or what the value might be of any contacts I would make. I only hoped that when it was over, BuskerBags would be known to a few more people. Well, they certainly made a good impression on a LOT of people. WooHoo! I even sold one to a woman who plays the autoharp. She said “it would be perfect protection for my most-treasured instrument.”
All I can say is the results far outweighed any hopes, however high, I might have harbored. The event was a virtual sell-out, with only a handful of bags left from my original inventory. Within the first hour of the event I had already sold almost a half-dozen BuskerBags™.
I can’t remember how many vendors were at The Healdsburg Guitar Festival, but what I do know is I don’t think another table could’ve been squeezed in, anywhere. That, however, didn’t slow down the throngs of music enthusiasts who flooded the halls of the event during all three days. It was also a stroke of good luck that placed my table as the first table (above) festival-goers would see upon entering the venue. I look forward to attending the next one in 2015. Much appreciation also goes out to Chris, Natalie, and the whole staff who put on a truly great show!
I saw so many absolutely beautiful hand-built guitars that I had to keep my hands in my pocket, and my charge-card hidden. As you might guess there plenty of guitars created out of select woods, wonderful inlay work (Robinson Inlays, below, left), as well as out-of-this-world electric guitars (Jens Ritter, below, right).
Anyway, I had a great time and met some fantastic people, including Tim Weed (right, below), a member of the Modern Mandolin Quartet. He was associated with a business a couple of tables down from mine and would occasionally sit down with other musicians and play a few tunes on either the banjo, mandolin or guitar. It was truly a magic moment whenever he would play. Thanks, Tim!
Thanks to all the people who purchased BuskerBags™, and I hope to see you next time…