Thursday began with cold temperatures and lots of rain. But…people came. And they came to buy.
Friday’s crowds uplifted the spirits of the 120 artists, and ended up to be a record-breaking day. With Saturday and Sunday’s warm sunny weather, I couldn’t even get OUT of my booth!!
But beyond all that, were the stories, the hugs, and the tears. One by one, they would come up to me. One by one, they would relate their stories. “You’ve been gone a long time. I’m so glad you’re back”. My customers, who over 14 years bought Ragamuffins for their daughters, nieces, grand-daughters. For their mothers, grandmothers, aunts. For themselves.
More often than not, we cried.
“You’ve been gone 6 years. While you were gone, I battled cancer. And I won”
“While you were gone, I lost my mother”“Four years ago, I lost my husband, Fred. Do you remember him? He was always with me at Yankee Peddler.”
“My daughter is battling cancer. She’s 36. Remember her? She was 12 the last time you saw her. She has four of your dolls. Today, I’m buying her the Star Angel. Please keep her in your prayers.”
“I buried my mother 3 years ago. She carried your doll til the day she died. We buried it with her”
And there were the happy stories:
“I’m so glad you’re back. All my daughters have your dolls. Now I have grandbabies, and they need Ragamuffins, too!"
“I bought these dolls for all the girls in my life. Now, I’m buying them for ME!”.
“Your blog touches my heart.”
“I couldn’t wait to meet you. I read every word of your blog. I love it.”
And then there were the babies….now all grown up. Young ladies. Who stopped to hug me and thank me for making their dolls. Now, in their teens, twenties, and even older, they still cherish them. What more could I ask from something that I started so long ago?
So, to all my dear customers…..the many old ones, and the many new ones, I thank you for sharing a piece of your life with me, and for leaving with a piece of mine. My heart is overflowing.
The top photo is a path of birch trees at Stan Hywet that ran parallel to our tent, and led to the mansion.
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