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The Children Still Love the Sandscapes

When I set up my new space at Hidden Treasures, I asked the manager Junior if it would be OK to contribute a large zen garden to be strategically placed near the entrance where people could “feel free to play in the sand!” Of course it would be a great way to steer interested people to my display down the aisle.

Apparently, as soon as it was up, the child of one of the vendors began to pick up the rake to play. Once again, I realized that the children always seem to know what to do with the little gardens. Unlike some adults who walk away from my display, scratching their heads saying “what the heck were those things!”

Below, this young gal is having fun, playing in the sand.

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Sandscaper in the City of Lancaster PA

Beginning Nov 1 2015, I am pleased to announce that Sandscaper will be selling the zen gardens and other Sandscape related handcrafted items and vintage and collectible finds, at the Hidden Treasures Antique and Collectible Shop. Located in an old converted factory in the heart of the City of Lancaster, PA, Sandscaper will be  a part of this cooperative venue of about 40 vendors. The address is 227 North Prince Street, across the street from the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design. Stop by if you are in town.

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The Music Festival Experience

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The weekend at the Gentlemen of the Road Festival in Seaside Heights New Jersey, has come to an end, and I must admit that three consecutive days of staying up til 1:30 am, while trying to do business as a craft vendor was very exhausting. From a business standpoint, it would have been nice if the weather would have cooperated for the entire time, allowing more people to be out and about, but Saturday turned out to be a great day, and business was OK.  There were thousands of people in attendance, and no problems or issues. It was like a 21 st century Woodstock. We had a great time!

The young people love the sandscapes!

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The young folks love the sandscape/zen gardens and know exactly what to do. While their Mom was looking at the offerings on the next table at the flea market, the three siblings were enjoying playing in the sand. When Mom was done, I asked for her permission to get a picture of her kids, which she graciously agreed to. Notice how the little guy was “working both ends!”

Back to the Route 70 Flea Market

First, I want to thank everyone who purchased a sandscape from me today at the Lakewood, NJ flea market and I also want to thank everyone who complimented my craft, especially the gentleman who “suggested I go on Shark Tank!” 

Anyway, what also interests me is some of the “not so flattering comments” like the man who stopped at my table, stared at the zen gardens, and said “you sell sand and rocks?” It’s ironic that when you look around at the open space of the flea market, what do you see on the ground? Yes, sand and rocks. 

Then there was the man who bent down right next to a zen garden to have a closer look, and slowly tipped the thing on its side allowing a slow motion cascade of sand to escape onto the table. I don’t know what he was thinking. And there was the woman who came over and started “poking her finger in the sand quite a few times.” The look on her face as she walked away was, shall I say “priceless!”

What I enjoy the most though, is the number of young kids, from 5 yrs old and up who genuinely appear to appreciate the zen gardens for what they are; to take the rake and make a design in the sand. One young lady said, “I’m  going to ask my mother if I can get one of these!” Thanks, kids !!      andy@sandscaper.net

 

 

Sandscaper’s Workbench

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The workbench out back in the shed is where it gets done. Hard at work now to get ready for more craft shows and flea markets since rumour has it that it’s actually going to get warmer and nicer here in the Northeast! Also preparing to open shop on the ETSY website for crafters and vintage items. I look forward to selling the zen garden rakes as well as an assortment of one of a kind complete gardens. Thanks for visiting, andy@sandscaper.net

 

 

 

 

 

 

Treasure Hunting on the Beach

It doesn’t get any better then this; treasure hunting on the beach aka shopping for supplies for sandscaping, at a Jersey Shore beach. This morning I went for a walk along the ocean in Seaside Park, Ocean County New Jersey and picked up all of the (free for the taking) treasures that come ashore to use in my gardens. Pictured below is my view of the ocean (notice there was nobody but me!)

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Route 70 Flea Market Lakewood, NJ, USA

This morning I decided to try going to a flea market with my sandscapes. The weather appeared questionable early in the morning, but the car was loaded yesterday and I figured I would give it a shot. The Route 70 Flea Market is one of the only remaining authentic flea markets in New Jersey, and in my opinion, one of the best.

Having not had an opportunity to display at a flea market, I was concerned if there would be a market for my offerings. The craft fairs had worked well for me in the past. Before getting a space before dawn, I walked around to see what other vendors were selling. 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank a gentleman named Mike who sold me a box filled with wooden frames, just the kind I like to use to repurpose and make sandscape gardens. On my way to the car to drop off my purchase, I thought it would be nice to bring one of my completed sandscapes to Mike, as a gift and a way to say “thanks for the deal.” It was then that I decided to set up at a space. To my surprise, several people purchased sandscapes from me and several others had nice feedback and compliments. Thanks, guys!

After packing up and walking the aisles of the flea market one more time in search of future sandscape containers, I encountered Mike again who shared with me that his original intention of my gift to him was to pass it along to his brother, but he said his wife wanted to keep it!  I look forward to returning to the Route 70 flea market again soon. Regards all, Andy the Sandscaper- (andy@sandscaper.net).             

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