So my pal Jessica (who owns Bomber Betty Cosmetics) was planning a trip to LA and she thought it would be fun to do a custom lipstick/gloss mixing day and get local girls involved. So of course my brain starts turning and figuring out how I can turn this into something new to PLAN!! (If you have ever met me, you know that planning is kind of my “thing”. But seriously. I plan everything and have a vast array of excel spreadsheets mapping out my life)
So I thought it would be really cool to find a warehouse space where we could get a few vendors in doing unique things (handmade items, nail art, sweet treats, etc.) and kind of make a ladies day out. So I put the word out to see if anyone would be interested in vending/attending, and lo and behold I got hundreds of replies! So this funny little idea turned into the Retro Bettie Bazaar. My friend Paulifornia has an amazing photography studio in Long Beach and he graciously let us use it to host this event. We had a month to put it together and it turned out better than I ever could have hoped for.
I ended up choosing 17 vendors. We had Bomber Betty doing lipstick mixing, I was doing vintage hair and selling prints/shirts, Tess Munster was selling prints, we had a brow girl, a nail artist, vintage clothing, jewelry, a whole table full of sweet treats (the brownie pops melted my face off with amazingness), nail polish, purses, aprons… I mean, we had a little bit of everything for the retro loving gal. And all of our vendors were amazingly sweet, helpful, and gracious to everyone around them and everyone that was hanging out.
We opened our doors at 10am and ladies started trickling in. I was already fully booked up with hair appointments but I didn’t really know what to expect as far as a turnout. We had 225 RSVP’s on our Facebook invite… but you never know! Within the hour our space was hopping! And throughout the day we had several hundred people show up. Ladies, their kids, and lots of men wandering around helplessly looking at their cell phones. At one point Paul offered to round them all up for a Home Depot run. But they all seemed to survive.
It shocked and pleased me to no end how many amazing, positive, inspiring women came through our doors in those 8 hours. I heard so many stories that captivated me and motivated me. I saw hundreds of smiling faces. Took dozens of pictures. Met lots of the lovely gals that follow me and was honored by the stories they shared of why they do. When I got home that night I couldn’t sleep. I was on a high from the day. And mostly it was just because my soul was so full and happy from such a positive, lovely day.
And so… I have opened a new excel spreadsheet and put my planning pants back on. The “Retro Bettie Bazaar 2: Bazaarer” is underway! We have already chosen August 30, 2014 for the day the magic will return. And we have expanded our space. So if anyone is interested in vending that does or sells something cool, please email me. And check out the handy dandy new Facebook page I have created!
See you guys August 30! Get ready for the hugs to commence!!