I’ve moved back to the west coast so won’t be at Rhinebeck this year, and I have to admit that I’m feeling the pain. (My wallet isn’t, though…)
Rhinebeck, if you haven’t been there before can be Seriously Overwhelming. My strategy is to print off the map and carry it around with me while I just walk through everything once. I mark the places I want to go back to, but don’t buy ANYthing on the first pass.
Then I go back and decide if I’d really rather have expensive thingie one, or thingies two and three that I saw later on, and wasn’t thingie four less expensive over at that other booth?
Two exceptions to this:
- If you want Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock, hie thee to the Fold before Rhinebeck opens. (You can usually get onto the fairground about an hour before “official opening”. Get in line early – although by Sunday, there may not be much left.
- If you’re looking for Briar Rose, go there second (or first, if you’re not going to The Fold). Consider stopping by again later, as sometimes stuff magically appears later in the day.
I admire your bravery, doing Rhinebeck in one day! And it’s too bad that you’ll miss the Ravelry party on Saturday night – but you can still make the lunchtime meet-up. (You are on Ravelry, I trust?