Monday, June 13, 2022

A Tale of Three Markets


This past week I attended my first Bashaw Farmer's Market. What a beautiful spot, surrounded by trees, and all the customers got to walk on the grass. My first official customer was one of my former employees so we got to catch up on things IRL (for those of you who don't do shorthand that means "in real life") instead of just on Facebook which was refreshing.

I also made the decision this week that I will only be attending Ponoka once a week and that will be on Monday evenings at the Community Market at the old library 3-7pm. For those of you who could only attend the Wednesday morning Farmer's Market 10-1pm, I do apologize, but I'm out here doing the rounds to make money, not just socialize.

And, finally, I am really looking forward to the Innisfail Market on Main starting next Tuesday, June 21 3-7pm. I hope to see a few faces that have been missing me (and vice versa) because I know I have a few Innisfail and area customers in my database.

And, of course, I'm looking forward to seeing everybody rain or shine this coming week.

Monday, June 6, 2022

Changes ... Always More Changes

Some changes are voluntary, others are necessary and yet others are imposed upon you.

Take the past and current months for example.

While I was thoroughly enjoying the market at New Serepta, travelling there was taking a toll on my yarn displays so I have chosen not to travel there anymore. Cost/benefit analysis has me considering opting out of the Wednesday Farmer's Market at the Ponoka Legion. These changes are voluntary. (I will keep you posted about my Ponoka decision.)

One of the necessary changes took place last Tuesday and will be taking place again this Tuesday (while I can) before I start the Farmer's Market on Main in Innisfail next week. Because of the earthquakes encountered while travelling to and from New Serepta, I tore apart the upper shelves on the passenger side of the bus and secured them directly to the bus frame. No falling apart now! Tomorrow I do the same thing on the driver's side. So, in case you didn't catch it - I already have a new market for Tuesdays - Innisfail June 21- Sept 13 3-7pm. Make sure you come visit the bus there!

The 'imposed upon' change comes with the Ponoka Farmer's market at the Legion. It seems the Legion booked the venue for someone else this Wednesday (June 8) and July 6 so there will be no markets then.

In the meantime, continue to enjoy petting the yarn at the other markets I attend, including Bashaw, starting this week 4-7pm!

Monday, May 16, 2022

Five Months to Pet the Yarn!


That's right!

From the middle of May to the middle of September you can choose from eight different times and/or locations to get your hands on the yarn because this week includes all my locations this year.

Unfortunately it seems like Facebook wants to hold onto my pre-market videos until the next day for most viewers. Haven't figured that one out yet so make sure to refer back to my April 25th blog post to get the dates and times for the market(s) closest to you.

Written by Lori, TCL owner, who hopefully won’t be stripped of all her energy with this schedule ;)

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Easing Into It

Saturday's spring market was a roaring success! Thanks to all the customers that checked out the new digs for the first time. I know all my Lacombe customers will be taking advantage of both market days in the coming season.

Thankfully, for me, I get one two-market week followed by a four-market week before we get into full gear in the third week of May. I don't yet know what the wifi connection will be like for the two new locations so please be prepared with cash just in case the card machine chooses not to work.

Because of the new vehicle and layout this year, I keep making discoveries every time I've been out so far this season. Besides finding increasingly better ways to secure the yarn for travel, I've discovered that my A-frame sign loves to hang out bungeed to my front mirror without trying to take off in the wind. I don't need the inside lights on all the time if I have the lift doors open, and BONUS, I have a really great place to hang another sign! Even better, I don't have to remove the sign to operate the lift! Woohoo! Depending on the weather, I may even have some more tricks up my sleeve. Make sure to come visit me to find out what they are. 😉

written by Lori, TCL owner, who's really looking forward to the coming season and hopes you are too!

Monday, April 25, 2022

It's Going To Be A Busy Summer!

I have finally received confirmation from all the markets I will be attending this season and LorigamiVan is going to be one busy mobile yarn store! Five of the locations are going to be repeats from last year (If it ain't broke, don't fix it) and three of them will be new (fix what IS broken). The schedule will be as follows:


Ponoka Community Market 3-6 from now until October 3 (unless the weather allows for longer)

TUESDAYS (new market)

New Serepta Farmer's Market 4-7 from May 3 until October 4


Ponoka Farmer's Market 10-1 from May 18 until October-ish - depending on weather

Wetaskiwin Farmer's Market 3:00-7:00 from May 11 until October 5

THURSDAYS (same location & new time)

Lacombe Farmer's Market 3-6 from May 12 until October 6

FRIDAYS (new markets)

Friday at the Park Public Market 9-1 from May 20 until September 30

Bashaw Farmer's Market 4-7 from June 10 until September 9


The Market at Red Deer 8-12:30 from May 21 until October 8

This schedule is subject to change. i.e. Thursday afternoon in Lacombe may gain an hour after ball season is over.

And, of course, don't forget to come down and pet the yarn April 30 at the Lacombe Spring Farmer's Market at the Lacombe Memorial Centre. And talk about perfect timing, April 30 is also Local Yarn Store Day! 

written by Lori, crazy TCL owner, who's wondering what she's got herself into! 😉

Monday, April 4, 2022

Ready for the Market Season!

So what once was an ugly hole above the cab is now a great place for notes, calendars, timetables, etc.

Not to mention a great storage place for the extra stitch markers, pompom makers and other assorted accessories. The pegboard on the inside is a great help too! Not only does it give me a place to hang up random small products, but it also stabilizes the frames of the corkboard and chalkboard for the earthquake they will be enduring on a daily basis once May hits.

FYI - I actually had to visit my chiropractor to help put my shoulder back where it should be after drilling four holes into the metal frame of the bus just to hang one of the doors. That door ain't comin' off! The other door has anchors behind the plastic to hold it in place but it is not as stable as the one connected to the frame, so I have placed a small hook (see left edge of photo) that catches the lower lip of the hole to keep it level with the right door and then I put a small hasp on them to keep them closed during travel.

As you can see, the doors just peek out above the patterns and knitting looms. Maybe I should draw Kilroy on the black board or would that be showing my age (and yours if you catch the reference)?
All of this is finished just in time for the maiden highway voyage.
The first market outside of Lacombe will be at the Ponoka Community Market this Monday 3-6pm and, weather permitting, I will be there every week until the end of the market season (usually around Labour Day weekend) or longer if the weather holds out.
And don't forget the kickoff to market season in Lacombe will be April 30. See you at whichever market you get to first.

written by Lori, excited TCL owner, who is looking forward to what the new season will bring!

Monday, March 21, 2022

Baby Steps

So I skipped a week but I did say way at the beginning of taking over the blog that I wouldn’t guarantee consistency.

In the previous blog I hinted that I may be at the March 12 market at the LMC. While LorigamiVan managed to limp down there and back without incident, I can’t say the same for the trip down to the gas station a day earlier. That trip proved to me that even though the store was aesthetically ready it most definitely wasn’t highway ready.

I made one left turn, looked into my rear view mirror, and saw the shelving directly behind me (right side of the photo) leaning out at a 30 degree angle! I immediately pulled over, pulled out my bungees, and attached the top layer of shelves to the upper storage. I also bungeed the passenger side just in case. For the remainder of that trip, I know I frustrated at least a couple of drivers because I was driving just above a slow crawl around corners to minimize damage before I got back home. I couldn’t do anything until after the market so Saturday morning I left as early as possible and gingerly made my way down to the market.

The market was a roaring success! Even though I was the only outside vendor, I was rarely on my own and I often had 4-6 people in the store at one time :) Much as I loved the conveniences the motorhome offered, it feels great knowing that customers have access to ALL my yarn every week. I know you - my customers - appreciate as well.

After limping back home from the market, I set to work figuring out exactly how I could secure the display units to the wall without damaging the wall.  That is basically the reason you didn’t get a blog to read last week. We couldn’t start working until I had it figured out Monday morning. (And yes, we, because Mom loves to help with the tear down and setup of the store.)

Normally, for stability, I put backs on the lowest level of my black grid setup. That’s great for a brick and mortar setting where the store isn’t going though an earthquake every day (highway driving). So the first thing we had to do was dismantle the shelving units and put backs on every level of the cubes. I discovered that the window frames have a perfectly located metal lip that I could hook the back grid to. Great! But that created the gap you see at the base of that grid so I used one of my favourite building accessories - zip ties!

So. Many. Zip ties!

I didn’t take a picture of the zip tie placed directly below the securing hook but trust me, there is one below every hook. There is also one at every join. I took the picture to the left before securing the fifth join at the intersection.

Did I mention that I bought a package of 1000 Zip ties? Or that I used over half of them? Yep. Those display units are secure. In fact, the zip ties worked so well at securing the side displays that I was able to rework the back display so that it could hold even more product (!) so now there is space for all the colours and varieties of Sudz Cotton and the Macrame Braid and Macrame Twist have permanent homes too!

April 30 Lacombe Farmer's Market at the LMC (11-4), here I come!

written by Lori, the out-of-the-box-thinking TCL owner, who refuses to give up when faced with a challenge. I know that there will continue to be a lot of tweaking as the market season goes on but I'm hoping to have all the kinks worked out before the end of the season. Baby steps.