My first bazaar in 4 years

By Angeli

I got invited to be part of Lifestyle Network and Working Mom Magazine’s #LoveYouMom event in Bonifacio High Street during the Mother’s Day weekend. It was my first event after becoming a mom, and how apt that it was on Mother’s Day!

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beadlady lifestyle network

It was the perfect location – the event area was at the Papa Bear park in BGC, right between Seattle’s Best and Krispy Kreme. My donuts felt right at home.
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I got a bit worried before the event, because the news said there was a storm coming. But I quickly quit the negative thoughts because I knew God had a plan for me, so rain or shine, I didn’t care. My God is bigger than any storm. And you know what? It didn’t rain during the event! It rained the first night, but we were almost packing up, so it didn’t matter.

In fact, it was a super hot weekend. These new ice cream cones were among my bestsellers.
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I was so happy to finally bring out the Yummy Cart again. I got a bit emotional the night before the big day, as my brother and I were loading the cart into my dad’s car. I posted on Facebook that night, “We still can’t help but marvel at how well my late grandfather built my display cart – everything was perfectly thought out. He made the wheels functional so I could easily push it all by myself. ‘Para hindi ka mahirapan. Kayang kaya mo kahit ikaw lang mag-isa,’ he said. He made the roof and pillars detachable so it can fit into a car.” Thank you Lolo. My friend Gayla on Facebook said this cart is my lucky charm because of the story behind it, and I believe that’s so true!

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My display was a hit with the kids. It felt like every single little girl was drawn to the cart. My tent was the first one you’ll see as you enter, right after the registration booth. So all the little kids would pull their Mommies to my booth as they entered the event area. I really have my Lolo to thank for my gorgeous display. As my mom said on Facebook, “This yummy cart isn’t just one of a kind, it’s extra super special because it was well thought of for a special APO made by an equally special CRAFTY LOLO. So much LOVE went into this cart!”

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It was Little Moon’s first time to be a bazaarista. Before the event, I coached her to talk to customers. She knew the drill. “Do you want some cupcakes or cakes?”, she’d say when we practice. Haha. She was an effective model, because I would point to the necklace she was wearing everytime a little girl seemed interested in a trinket. But it was sweltering in the tent, so I didn’t let my daughter stay for too long. Instead, she enjoyed swimming in Two Serendra with her Dada, who was such a trooper. My ever supportive hubby was her babysitter for the whole two days. Such a treat for Mother’s Day. Thank you Darleng. :D

If you’re wondering about the sign in our tent that says “Landscaping Contractor” – I shared my space with my mom-in-law who owns Simply Petals Garden in Calamba, Laguna. If you ever took the shortcut in Real, Calamba going to Los Baños, you’ve probably passed by her garden.

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Big thanks to my team

This event wouldn’t have been a success if it was not for the support of my husband and Team Beadlady! Thank you Lord for blessing me with these people!

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My brother Adam was my logistics guy. That’s him in the photo above. He helped me transport the Yummy Cart all the way from Sta. Rosa, Laguna. And because I didn’t want to leave the cart in the tent overnight, he picked up all my stuff from the venue at the end of Day 1, and dropped it off again in the morning of Day 2. Super, right? Thank you Adam!

My college friends Ateen and Pam were also there to support me on Day 1. I was up on my feet for 36 hours straight, so without their company, I wouldn’t have functioned properly. They kept this zombie sane! (Hey Ateen, photos from your cam please!)

And speaking of the walking dead, it was so convenient to not have to drive home after Day 1. We were able to stay overnight at my sister-in-law’s loft in Two Serendra, which was just a few blocks away from the event venue. Thank you Ate Norren, for always allowing us to crash in your place! And thank you Ateen and Pam for not letting my dead feet walk and driving us there, even if you still had to drive all the way to Cavite! Love you girls!

And on Day 2, my brother Troy and his girlfriend Rea came by. Thank you for indulging me at the photobooth. Haha!

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On Day 2, I was also reunited with Ann, my shop girl in Cubao Expo. So happy she was there, she made sure everything ran smoothly.

My little girl’s Ninang Bang and her own (not-so-little) girls also came by to say hello, and brought her lots of gifts. It was such a fun, fun, fun weekend for us!

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I’d like to thank everyone who cheered me on and prayed for me as I was preparing for this bazaar. It was a huge success! After four long years of hiatus, it felt like it was the first time I was joining a bazaar! Teehee! The opportunity to interact with customers was such a blessing. And the chance to talk shop with fellow creative business owners was refreshing.

Thank you Krizzia Santos of ABS-CBN Publishing for inviting me! I hope we can work together again in the near future!

I want to join a bazaar again, and God answered my prayers! Because I got invited to another big event, this time closer to home. I will be in Nuvali this Saturday, May 23, 2015 for Discovery Travel and Living Channel’s Weekend Festival 2015! Follow Beadlady Manila on Instagram and The Beadlady on Facebook for updates and more info.

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