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    Boy, you Richmonders sure do like your wine

    February 18, 2008

    The Virginia Wine Expo in Richmond was so incredibly off the hook, I can’t tell you. Sure I didn’t bring enough kids clothes (who knew) and Pache wanted to poke my eyes out every single time I sold something from the display (“If you keep selling the funny stuff from the DISPLAY, you won’t have any funny shirts LEFT!”) Which was utterly and completely true. But how can you deny a 7 month pregnant woman stuck with 5 drunks a little humor in the form of a designated driver shirt? Come on now. Girlfriend needs a little humor other than being stuck with the chick who yelled, “YOU KNOW WHAT WOULD BE AN AWESOME SHIRT? I’M HAVING TIGER WOODS BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

    Unless, of course, you are his wife. Oh, come on. It’s not even funny. But she said it right before she fell into the divider and almost took down a row of booths. That? Yeah, THAT was funny.

    And the guy who came over and said, “Mommy needs a glass of wine? I don’t get it.”
    You know, “Mommy Needs a Glass of Wine.”
    “Nope. Don’t get it.”

    Apparently he lives under a rock. And has no sisters with kids. Or female friends with kids. Or female coworkers with kids. Or neighbors with kids. Or has ever been to a Costco during suggestive-selling/taste-testing Saturday morning. Or has ever been to a mall. Or a post office. Or a grocery store. Dude has GOT to live in Clarendon.

    Then there was the guy who said a) I had too many baby shirts and b) I needed a picture of a wine bottle opener and the words “I pull out.”  I tried to explain to him that since I sold maternity shirts, clearly the “pulling out” wasn’t effective.

    My favorite has to be the girls who gushed on and on about the baby shirts to their boyfriends. It didn’t go over well. Actual conversation:

    “Why are you talking about funny baby clothes? You don’t have a baby. We don’t have a baby. We aren’t married. We have only been dating for a month. Keep moving.”

    About 10 times with only minor changes in wording.

    I could NOT have done this without Pache on Saturday. We couldn’t sell the shirts fast enough. And then Rebecca was so cool that she offered to help me out on Sunday. It wasn’t as busy and it is a bit of a bummer being unable to drink at a wine fest because you are working, but it was still cool. Rebecca and I talked for hours and laughed so hard our sides hurt.  We ate a cheddar cheese ball.  It’s alway nice to hook up with fellow smart asses.

    Next stop?  Think Pink.  Local and wanna come to Girls Night Out?  Email me and I’ll forward on the evite.

    In two weeks, the Washington D.C. International Wine and Food Festival.  Come on by.  Or if you are local and want to help out at the booth, let me know.  I can always use an extra set of hands….

    9 Comments »

    1. Nikki says:

      Glad to hear you did well at the expo and that you had fun:)!

      February 18th, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    2. Mahala says:

      I wish I still lived in Richmond. I would have been there with bells on :)

      February 19th, 2008 at 7:18 am

    3. Pressing Matters | Wineries.net Blog » Blog Archive » Richmond takes in Virginia Wine Expo 2008 says:

      [...] There’s more where that came from. [...]

      February 19th, 2008 at 7:23 am

    4. Manic Mommy says:

      “I pull out” is actually hysterical. Can’t you find a use for it? How about “Now, I pull out”?

      Kristen, I so want to fly down and run the booth with you! Really, I used to be in Sales and Marketing in my paid life.

      February 19th, 2008 at 9:00 am

    5. Becca says:

      Kristen,
      you should check and see if there are any wine festivals in the Charlottesville area, wineries are big around here… if you get a booth I would love to help you out for the day!!

      :) Bec

      February 19th, 2008 at 11:30 am

    6. Kirsten says:

      I’m from Richmond! And everyone there is crazy, especially when the booze starts flowing. I’m glad you made it out okay and sold lots!

      February 20th, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    7. Denise says:

      Ohhhh, wine and food festival. I would so be there if I wasn’t in Texas!!

      February 20th, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    8. Jamie R Lentzner says:

      I just joined the SV Mom’s blog site – and had to check out your “Mommy Needs a Cocktail” site – it is hillarious! I am a “mompreneur” too and I know your pain – but damn those shirts are funny. I did not realize you sold an acutal product, I just thought it was a funny saying for a cocktail party. Good luck to you! I need to order some shirts (oh and I have silkscreened t-shirts too)!

      February 25th, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    9. Jenny Olson says:

      Hey what about the lady with twins who took a pic of your “I have twins, make mine a double” shirt and POSTED IT on her twin mommies club site WITH LINKED WEBSITE! You rock! Such a funny summary of the event!

      February 27th, 2012 at 10:10 am

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