Today at Salamanca Market was a mixed bag, weather-wise and event wise. A sudden downpour of rain damaged three frames and caused chaos for me to trying to secure and quickly move things undercover. Then I had a visit from the police, a shoplifter had been reported, and she had items from several stall holders, including two PJ Paintings prints. I didn’t know or see her take anything. Later in the day two more prints were stolen. They weren’t returned. It’s near impossible to be doing credit card transactions, bagging or wrapping frames, and watching hands handling prints. The spirit of giving is unanimous with Christmas but I suppose that it also gives rise to the spirit of stealing. It’s disappointing because as a stall holder you want to be able relax, enjoy meeting and conversing with people. I like giving eye contact, not having to watch what people behind the ones you’re serving, are doing.
Has anyone else had artwork stolen? How did you feel about it?
I sold some “Tassie Christmas” greeting cards to a couple visiting from Germany.
A “Bunk beds” and “Afternoon Siesta” print is being posted to two little Australian girls living in the UK.
The original “Christmas Siesta” painting was purchased and will be journeying to California, USA.
Her friend bought two prints that are also U.S. bound, “Hanging Out” and “Spiky bunk beds.”
Two young ladies from Germany, living and studying at the University of Tasmania in Hobart, bought a “Bunk beds” print. A young couple visiting from Melbourne bought “Hair Accessories” and “The Bun”. A framed “The Bun” had sold earlier in the day too.
A lady from Bendigo bought my small original painting of a Galah. It is going to hang in her toilet room beside a picture of nasturtiums, I was told.
A three year old boy is going to receive a small framed “Family Outing” for his birthday. She was going to buy him a T-shirt but when she saw the framed print, she changed her mind.
I didn’t quite escape a late burst of rain with a short peppering of hail at the end of the day when I was half way through packing up. I was glad to get home, have a cup of tea with my feet up after bringing everything in and hanging things to dry in various places all around the inside of the house.
The most popular prints today were the wombats from the Sleepy head series.
A thought to ponder: “Our primary function is to create an emotion and our secondary function is to sustain that emotions”. Alfred Hitchcock
Wishing you an awesome and creative upcoming week,
from Pj Paintings, stall #30 at Salamanca Market, Tasmania
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