I used about $90 of materials to create the booth. In addition, there was about $350 of household furniture (still not "commercial goods" regardless of what U.S. Customs says), $180 worth of curtains and curtain hardware, $75 for the rug and about $40 of lighting. Oh, and we paid our good friend Roger $100 to make the sign, which is waaaaaaaaay less then we could ever even think about getting it for anywhere else. $835, almost all of it is coming back home and you might see it again in these blog pages as Carol finds new places and uses for them around the house.
We won't be bringing home the walls though. There's a part of me that's sad, because they're just so kickass, but then I realize what a huge hassle it would be to get them back home, PLUS what the hell am I going to do with 4 fake wall panels at home? Hmmm... maybe I could make my own ghetto version of a panic room.
Setup took us four and a half hours. And that wasn't to completion. We left with no signs up, no cards up and everything piled in the back "alley". But our eyes were crossing. We needed sleep.
The next day we got up bright and early and stopped at the deli next to the hotel (Travel Inn: ghetto hotel but I would never ever stay anywhere else ever because of location and free parking with in and out privileges). I can't remember the name of the deli, but it is AWESOME. It's like the Cold Stone Creamery of bagels. You ask for strawberry cream cheese and the guy takes a wallop of fresh strawberries and chops them up with the syrup jam stuff and folds it into the cream cheese.
We were back at Javits by 8 and put up the sign and the cards and the finishing details by 9.
We were ready for business.