07 March 2012

{Doing Life} @ Hobby-X 2012 : 1 to 4 March

This was a huge first for my little one-women business (always eagerly assisted by my dearest friend, Michelle).  Michelle and Shelley (my bookkeeper) flew up from Durban early last Wednesday morning and arrived at our home just before 9am.  We had a quick cuppa and then set off for the Coca Cola Dome in Randburg for set up.  

Everything was so well organised from registering as Exhibitors to arriving at our stand with all the furniture which was rented already inside.  Michelle's hubby, Dereck was also visiting Gauteng at the same time and helped us off loading and carrying everything to our stand.  Hubby and Dereck said their goodbyes and left us women to start moving the furniture and set up everything.  After about 75% done, we ran out of Prestik and made our way to the Northgate Shopping Centre across the road to have some lunch at Fego's and restocking on Prestik.  After lunch we finished setting up.  Locked our stand with the safety sail and left for Broadacres Super Spar for a late afternoon cuppa and cake.

We had an early night as we knew some hard work are ahead of us for the next four days.

Needless to say we were buggered on Sunday evening, but all worth it.  We had 108 cash sales and 61 credit card sales which in my view is excellent for such a small business.  It was also great having all the regulars from our previous three Your Family Arts & Crafts Expos at Emperors Palace revisiting us at Hobby-X with their little lists of templates and kits to make sure they don't duplicate with their latest purchase.  Thanks to all the regular Doing Lifers for making the effort to visit us and say hello - it really lifted the tired spirits. Thank you too, to the newcomers for your purchases and feedback. Also a huge thank you to my dear friends Michelle and Shelley for putting in three days leave at their full time work, to come and help {Doing Life}.  And then last, but not least, a huge thanks also to hubby for all the help and encouragement - without whom none of this would have been possible.  He even went and bought {Doing Life} a proper trolley on Saturday, for off-loading all the supplies to and from our stand.

So here's to Hobby-X 2013 - {Doing Life} was the 20th booking.


  1. Well done on your first Expo...and I am so happy to hear that it went so well. Your business is now well and truly launched.

  2. OOhhhh so glad that you had so much fun. I've never been to a craft expo before...hopefully one day soon. Your templates are so cool Desire. I'm happy you put lots of pictures...that way I could see them.
    Have a wonderful day :D
    Hugs, Tenny

  3. WOW Desire congrats on your first Expo! Great pics...It looks like it was a lot of fun!! :)
    Hugs, Tammy

  4. Oh what fun!! Great pictures!! Looks like the day was a huge success!! Congrats!

  5. fab pics and it looks like you had a great day,congratulations
    tracey x

  6. Congrats Desire looks like it was a big success by the smiles on your faces, brilliant darlin hope you go ffrom strength to strength xxxx

  7. Looks very fun and organised!! Hope it was successful :)

  8. Great photographs, its looks like it was a lovely day :)




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