As we know, times are strange, uncertain, and just plain weird right now. The new “normal” is something we’ve never experienced, and no one has the answers to when this will end.
I saw a post on Facebook recently, that I would like to share.
WE ARE NOT IN THE SAME BOAT… I heard that we are all in the same boat, but it is not like that. We are in the same storm, but not in the same boat. Your ship could be shipwrecked and mine might not be. Or vice versa. For some, quarantine is optimal. A moment of reflection, of re-connection, easy in flip flops, with a cocktail or coffee. For others, this is a desperate financial & family crisis. For some that live alone they are facing endless loneliness. While for others it is peace, rest & time with their mother, father, sons & daughters. With the $600 weekly increase in unemployment some are bringing in more money to their households than they were working. Others are working more hours for less money due to pay cuts or loss in sales. Some families of 4 just received $3400 from the stimulus while other families of 4 saw $0. Some were concerned about getting a certain candy for Easter while others were concerned if there would be enough bread, milk and eggs for the weekend. Some want to go back to work because they do not qualify for unemployment and are running out of money. Others want to kill those who break the quarantine. Some are home spending 2-3 hours/day helping their child with online schooling while others are spending 2-3 hours/day to educate their children on top of a 10-12 hour workday. Some have experienced the near death of the virus; some have already lost someone from it and some are not sure if their loved ones are going to make it. Others do not believe this is a big deal. Some have faith in God and expect miracles during this 2020. Others say the worst is yet to come. So, friends, we are not in the same boat. We are going through a time when our perceptions and needs are completely different. Each of us will emerge, in our own way, from this storm. It is very important to see beyond what is seen at first glance. Not just looking, actually seeing. We are all on different ships during this storm experiencing a very different journey.”Unknown
This quote is powerful – highlighting how we are all experiencing this crisis differently, yet we’re all dealing with the same thing.
Some of our vendors have completely switched gears from making jewelry to sewing face masks (Think Unique). Other vendors have decided to suspend their businesses for now. Our venue for our May events (Twisted Hippo) is trying to figure out how to stay afloat while keeping the doors closed.
At Handmade Happy Hours, we want our vendors, customers, and venues to be safe, healthy, and well. As such, we’ve made the decision to postpone our events indefinitely. Until we have more answers from the government & healthcare experts, we cannot hold our monthly markets.
We can’t wait to get back into action at in-person events to collaborate & support one another, but until then, we are working on ways to stay connected. We are working on things to help us stay in touch & in business.
To help us stay in business, we’ve launched the new Virtual Marketplace. Makers who’ve added their goods to the Virtual Marketplace receive 100% of the sale – Handmade Happy Hours simply hosts the marketplace.
Another way we’re trying to stay in business is through GoFundMe. We started the GoFundMe to raise funds to ensure we can continue our markets in the future by renting venues, maintaining our website, supporting current vendors & recruiting new artists.
We are thinking of other ways to stay in touch; ideas like a raffle, a virtual networking event, Instagram/Facebook live have been floated around. We’re actively seeking & planning new ways to uphold our “Community over Competition” mentality, and we are open to suggestions.
It’s a tough decision to make – postponing markets indefinitely – but as they say, “the show must go on,” and we’re brainstorming ways to keep us all connected, afloat, and ready for when we return to “normal,” whatever that may look like.
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Please stay safe & take care of yourself,