Why this year I’m not going to the Rockin Race Jamboree
These days many people are asking me if I will be with my shop at the Rockin Race.
It’s been more than three years since the first Maria Guyé stand appeared like a mushroom at High Rockabilly’14 and the experience was awesome. The stand was permanently full, I didn’t stop taking measurements and I came back to Barcelona with so many orders that a few monthas later, I had to quit my day job to work full time at Maria Guyé.
Since then every year I’ve had a stall at High Rockabilly, at Rockin Race Jamboree and at The Rockabilly Rave, and for the last two years also at the Rhythm Riot.
Each and every time I enjoy it a lot: meeting face to face customers who ordered online, meeting again old customers and get to know new ones. Having feedback from the people who visit the stand and see my garments (that’s a blast) and seeing what impression the new designs make on them all.
Buuut everything has a down side. And you know what? During that week I am away, there are things that don’t stop just because I’m not there.
All marketing for that week (the posts you see on Facebook and Instagram,, the Etsy updates, the Newsletter and the Blog) someone need to make it anyway, and that someone is me.
As Olga will stay working at the studio (unless she’s having holidays that week, which happens very rarely), I need to prepare all production for that week before I leave, which includes making all patterns for the garments she will later cut and sew, on top of the ones for the previous week.
And when I’m back there are all the regular messages and emails to respond, plus the ones that arrived when I was away.
And processing all sales and payments of that week (which is fantastic, but it needs to be done too).
I mean: all work that I would normally do during the festival week I sum it up to the one I do normally on the previous and following weeks. And that, without taking into account preparing all boxes and shipment of the stall going (I ship the stall by courier) plus unboxing and returning everything to its place on the way back.
As you see, IT’S A PARTY. I mean, that month I’m stretched too thin and I usually don’t have one single day off for 3 and sometimes even 4 weeks in a row. Too much for the body.
and so what?
Then that, this year I’m not going to the Race. For the moment I still plan to keep going to the Rave and High, because it’s still good that you get to see, touch and try on the new designs, see the colours and materials live, have your measurements taken by me for all of you who still don’t dare to do it yourselves…
But right now and until new announcement, I’ve decided to reduce my stallholder lifestyle to the minimum.
And by the way, and even if the Rockin Race is so much fun, with an amazing lineup and where I meet lots of friends, this year I’m taking holidays also as an attendee. A small break that I will use to go relax at the mountains, which is good too sometimes.
If you are going to the Rockin race, enjoy it a lot and have some dances to my health. And If you are not, we may meet at the next festival.
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