I spent the Sunday of my Labor Day holiday weekend selling my wares at a new makerspace that has recently opened in Mount Rainier, Maryland called ReCreative Spaces. The group took over one of the houses and have converted it into a place where makers and artists can socialize and create. They decided to throw an Open House with a Maker’s Fair and they were looking for local vendors.

Even though I’ve sworn off of doing outdoor festivals from late June-early September (due to the high heat and high humidity), the original announcement didn’t mention that the event would be held outdoors so I assumed that it would all be held indoors. It wouldn’t be until a few days before the event when we all got e-mails from the organizers saying that they forgot to mention that the Maker’s Fair would be held outdoors but there would be a large group tent provided. I was initially reluctant because of my past experiences with working outdoor festivals in the awful summer heat that the Mid-Atlantic region is famous for. (Namely fewer people tend to show up because they aren’t into browsing handcrafted goods in high heat and high humidity.) But then I decided to go for it because I really wanted to earn some extra money and it was only held from 1-5 p.m. so it’s not like I would be outside all day.

So I took part and I took some pictures, starting with the outside of ReCreative Spaces’ new digs.

Outside ReCreative Spaces in Mount Rainier, Maryland.

A close-up of the sign shows the fact that this building once housed the Abacus Corp.

Outside ReCreative Spaces in Mount Rainier, Maryland.

Here is the general setup of the outside area. The white tent on the left is where the vendors were located. The green canopy behind a truck belonged to the City of Alexandria’s Mobile Art Lab.

At the ReCreative Spaces Open House in Mount Rainier, Maryland, September 6, 2015

The vendors sold their handcrafted wares under the big white tent while a DJ played some tunes.

At the ReCreative Spaces Open House in Mount Rainier, Maryland, September 6, 2015

The next few photos show my own vending space at this event. I sold some of the comic book coasters that I had leftover from the Greenbelt Mini-Maker Faire along with some of my thrift shop Barbie dolls recycled as fairy dolls.

ReCreative Spaces Open House in Mount Rainier, Maryland, September 6, 2015

ReCreative Spaces Open House event in Mount Rainier, Maryland, September 6, 2015

ReCreative Spaces Open House event in Mount Rainier, Maryland, September 6, 2015

ReCreative Spaces Open House event in Mount Rainier, Maryland, September 6, 2015

Here are the other vendors I shared the big white tent with.

ReCreative Spaces Open House in Mount Rainier, Maryland, September 6, 2015

ReCreative Spaces Open House in Mount Rainier, Maryland, September 6, 2015

ReCreative Spaces Open House in Mount Rainier, Maryland, September 6, 2015

A DJ was also under the white tent spinning the tunes.

ReCreative Spaces Open House in Mount Rainier, Maryland, September 6, 2015

Unfortunately there weren’t a lot of people who attended that event. I think it’s due to the fact that it was 95 degrees Fahrenheit with high humidity and it took place on the Sunday during the Labor Day holiday weekend when people are probably at other places (such as the larger annual Greenbelt Labor Day Festival, which was held just a few miles away). The City of Alexandria sent its Mobile Art Lab as a kid-friendly hands-on art activity but very few kids were there that day.

ReCreative Spaces Open House in Mount Rainier, Maryland, September 6, 2015

ReCreative Spaces Open House in Mount Rainier, Maryland, September 6, 2015

Some kids and adults managed to create art on the pavement.

ReCreative Spaces Open House in Mount Rainier, Maryland, September 6, 2015

ReCreative Spaces Open House in Mount Rainier, Maryland, September 6, 2015

ReCreative Spaces Open House in Mount Rainier, Maryland, September 6, 2015

At first it wasn’t so bad being outside because of the big white tent. But as the afternoon dragged on, the sun shifted. Which meant that the shadow shifted so by the end of the event the tent wasn’t providing much shade at all and it grew very hot. At times I would take breaks by going inside the ReCreative Spaces building (since it was part of the Open House and it has air conditioning). I took a bunch of interior photos. ReCreative Spaces has two artists who currently live full-time on the upper floors while the rest of the area is studio space that local artists can rent. (This link has all the details of the layout of the building.) It’s a pretty nice place.

At the ReCreative Spaces Open House in Mount Rainier, Maryland.

At the ReCreative Spaces Open House in Mount Rainier, Maryland, September 6, 2015

At the ReCreative Spaces Open House in Mount Rainier, Maryland, September 6, 2015

At the ReCreative Spaces Open House in Mount Rainier, Maryland, September 6, 2015

At the ReCreative Spaces Open House in Mount Rainier, Maryland, September 6, 2015

At the ReCreative Spaces Open House in Mount Rainier, Maryland, September 6, 2015

At the ReCreative Spaces Open House in Mount Rainier, Maryland, September 6, 2015

At the ReCreative Spaces Open House in Mount Rainier, Maryland, September 6, 2015

At the ReCreative Spaces Open House in Mount Rainier, Maryland, September 6, 2015

At the ReCreative Spaces Open House in Mount Rainier, Maryland, September 6, 2015

At the ReCreative Spaces Open House in Mount Rainier, Maryland, September 6, 2015

At the ReCreative Spaces Open House in Mount Rainier, Maryland, September 6, 2015

At the ReCreative Spaces Open House in Mount Rainier, Maryland, September 6, 2015

At the ReCreative Spaces Open House in Mount Rainier, Maryland, September 6, 2015

At the ReCreative Spaces Open House in Mount Rainier, Maryland, September 6, 2015

At the ReCreative Spaces Open House in Mount Rainier, Maryland, September 6, 2015

At the ReCreative Spaces Open House in Mount Rainier, Maryland, September 6, 2015

At the ReCreative Spaces Open House in Mount Rainier, Maryland, September 6, 2015

At the ReCreative Spaces Open House in Mount Rainier, Maryland, September 6, 2015

A couple of people danced to the DJ’s tunes in the parking lot at the end of the day.

At the ReCreative Spaces Open House in Mount Rainier, Maryland, September 6, 2015

Financially the event was a disappointment for me. I only made two sales, which resulted in a total of $30 for a four-hour event. All I know is that in the future, I’m going to make sure that a summer event is held indoors (with air conditioning) before I make a commitment to sell my wares there because it’s really not worth my while selling outside in high heat and high humidity.

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