We live in Salem, Oregon, just about an hour south of Portland, and our workshop/warehouse/office is about 7 miles away from home in Turner, Oregon. So we were up early in the morning in order to get to the event location west of Portland. Two hours of time to set up sounded like a lot, but between unloading, assembling, catching up with people, meeting new people and all that -- it was over before we knew it, and the whole room was set up with vendors, educational booths, and of course adoptable rabbits.
|Our multi-booth setup! A Double Level Bunny Abode, another Double with Cabinet, and a Playland setup!|
|Ultimate Playland pieces and accessories!|
Their hard work and great organization DID pay off, however. As soon as the event started at 10am, a stream of visitors steadily built, and stayed consistent through the day. The event lasted six hours, and over the course of the event we shared stories, met long time customers in person for the first time, shared our products and our story with a lot of new friends, and just enjoyed the rare chance to be surrounded by bunny people. Someone said, "It's just so NICE to be around so many bunny people at one time." And it is -- a whole building full of people that get it.
Even got some hugs. Always up for the free hugs! :)
We gave out over 170 freebie bags, plus lots of stickers, bookmarks, pencils, and the last of our temporary tattoos. (Those were fun!)
|Riding in style.|
Rabbit Advocates should be very proud of the great work their volunteers and leadership performed. The event was well organized, well attended, and definitely something you should put on your calendar if you're in the area next time.
|Our parking lot. (Ok, it's only three spaces.)|
Thank you to Rabbit Advocates and their hard working volunteers for putting on such a great event, and to all those who attended!
* Even as an extrovert, after six hours, I was completely spent. The next day, I needed some space, quite and calm!