In today’s installment of the Continuing Saga of the Select Blinds Road Squad, we travel to two home shows in Texas, where everything is bigger — and things got, well, pretty weird.
We arrived in Austin Wednesday night so we’d be ready to go for load-in Thursday morning at the Austin Spring Home & Garden Show. Our normal routine. Thursday morning we’re up and moving with at least half an hour to spare. After taking a loop around the venue, we found our entrance and drove in.
Load-in at these events is a wacky process. Lots of people and vehicles moving in and out of an already congested area. We found a place to park our vessel, hopped out of the truck and headed to the back of the trailer to unload our booth. So far, everything seemed normal. But when we unlocked the padlocks and tried to pull on the door of our chariot, it gets stuck and won’t open.
If we can’t get this door open, we won’t have a booth at the show. Our only hope is to find a local trailer repair shop and see if they can work a miracle.
Miraculously, we found one just a few miles from the venue. The good news is that it’s early enough in the day that they can see us right away. The bad news is that they’re gonna need to keep the trailer through the weekend to fix the damage and get it open.
We were disappointed for sure, but also more determined than ever to find a way to still exhibit at the show — booth or no booth. We paid for the space, so let’s use what we got. Renting a table and a couple chairs from the venue ended up being our makeshift solution to a weird snag. And even though we didn’t have our normal set up, we still met some wonderful people and got to hear about some of the projects they were working on.
Like Karen, who has a second home in Florida where she’s putting in new windows. She told us she needs window coverings for the entire house. The view of the water is important to her, but she needs to get rid of the sun’s glare. We suggested the Classic Sheer Weave 5% Solar Shades! They provide a room-darkening effect, while letting Karen keep her waterfront view.
Monday we picked up the trailer from the repair shop. With a functional door again, we journeyed onward almost 300 miles to Frisco for our next Texas home and garden show. The Frisco show was our easiest load-in yet. It’s amazing how smoothly things can go when everyone communicates and gets on the same page. And the door of your trailer doesn’t get stuck.
The weekend was filled with wonderful interactions. Some of the characters we met were out of this world.
We also met a local contractor named Alex who’s been a loyal SelectBlinds.com customer for more than seven years. He told us he’s used our products in more than 15 projects. He likes the high quality, how stellar the service is, and how we offer competitive pricing. “I don’t want to pay the markup from the other guy,” he says. We couldn’t agree more, Alex!
Thank you for a wacky time, Texas! This leg of our journey is over, but we hope to be back soon. Next, we’re bound for Portland, Oregon for the House & Outdoor Living show, April 12-14 at the Oregon Convention Center. Keep up with us along the way on Instagram @selectblinds_roadsquad for more adventures from the road!