While it worked, for the most part, I just found the heat wore me out by the end of the day to the point where I was not looking forward to vending there anymore. So, on Tuesday, February 9 I went to Oliver and with Mel and Gary helping, I moved our booth to a location in the centre of the building facing the Northside. I still had a corner with two sides of frontage, as we had at the COVID-friendly main entrance, but without heaters above or a wall behind that was heating up daily from the sun. Sales figures were seriously impacted by the move and on Sunday, March 7 I spun our booth 45-degrees to where the JamBusters! products were along the main aisle that runs South to North in the building. That improved the sales figures almost instantly. Weather and George’s health also impacted our vending dates. We closed on Sunday, February 7, and I stayed home Saturday, February 20 (Mel ran things for us).
The Numbers From The Two Months
Well, as I indicated, February and March were very different months compared to what we’ve been accustomed to seeing at the Oliver Indoor Flea Market. There were a total of 8 vending dates in both months. We missed one in February due to the weather. Our slowest sales day in February was Saturday, February 27 where we sold ZERO jars. That is a first for us in the seven-plus years we have been selling JamBusters! products. Our best day in the month was Saturday, February 6 when we sold 9 jars. The total jar count for February 2021 was 25. That is also a record low for us since we started weekly vending. March 2021 was better. Our slowest day was Sunday, March 7 with 2 jars sold and our best day was Sunday, March 21 with 21 jars sold. The total jar count for March was 72. Still down from our average of 100 jars a month, but much better than February’s numbers.
Other Things Of Note
I mentioned that George’s health was once again a factor. On Tuesday, February 16 he got sick and I ended up taking him to the local ER that evening. He spent the night and blood tests revealed that his sodium levels were too low. We’ve been keeping an eye on his sodium to help his heart regain strength and must have gone too far. Fortunately, that was an easy fix. I stayed home the Saturday after he got out of the hospital and he convinced me to go and vend on Sunday, which I did. By the following weekend, George felt well enough to join me at the market on Sunday, February 28. He also made the trip three times during March. Speaking of March, early in the month we received an order of face masks George ordered that have the JamBusters! logo on them. We haven’t quite figured out what to do with them but they are one of the most comfortable masks I’ve worn so far during COVID.
It Was My Birthday
March is my birthday month and it fell on a Friday this year. George took me out for brunch at a local coffee shop we used to frequent almost weekly pre-COVID. Then for supper that evening he picked up take-out from a local restaurant we used to go to for lunch every so often pre-COVID. What I wasn’t expecting was that while I was enjoying brunch on my birthday, Mel and the crew were at our booth in the Oliver Indoor Flea Market dressing it up for my birthday that we were going to celebrate the following day on a vending day. It was a fun couple of birthday days for me.
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