My first day at bamajam, my tent and booth was ready to go. A few hours into it, my model called me to say she was there and ready to start helping out. So I met her outside to give her the ticket to get in the show. Right when we were getting ready to go in there, they said everyone needed to be evacuated because of a big storm coming in. So I told her to stay in the car for the moment til the storm passed and we can reconvene after. While I went back to the booth thinking it will only be about 30 minutes and the storm will pass. I was wrong!! The storm went on for over an hour. At the time, i saw everyone else putting up tarps and covering their tent. So I did the same thing. Now that I think about it, I should have threw all my clothes into the bins. Because after putting up the tarps, the storm got worse. It got to the point I had to duck and cover under the table. I was holding the table. Not long after that, the tent flew and the table I was holding onto flew as well. I was so worried I was in a tornado. Right after that I saw the tent to my right flew away too and the tent to my left was still in tact. So i found an opening in that tent and jumped in there. That had to be one of the scariest moments in my life, not knowing if I was going to fly into the air by a tornado or whatever was happening. Luckily the storm ended up passing and I was ok. Alot of my inventory got messed up but I still had enough in my storage bins to continue. For a brief moment, I wanted to pack it up. But I thought, no point. I'm here and alive and well, my spirit was down a little bit, but we still have 2 days of selling to do. I talked to another guy and he lost everything. $4000 in products and excludes the cost it took him to come to Bamajam, etc. I hope he is able to comeback from this fiasco at another event. I took whatever clothes I could salvage and threw it in my car. And thought about getting ready for the next day. I went out and bought a new tent, etc.
When I showed up the next day, my setup was taken up by my neighbors, the "Hook'd Up" clothing line. So I asked what was going on, and they said they moved us. So we had a new location and setup. Which ended up being a blessing. The very first 5 minutes of trying to setup, we had our banners up and 2 ladies came up and was curious about our brand. They said they would wait for us to bring out our collection. So within that time we sold our first 2 shirts and we would sell many more the rest of the weekend. Thank you so much to everyone who bought something from us. The early support shows us we are on the right track towards building our brand. Please check out our Bamajam pictures... the story of the guy in the improv photo shoot will be posted in a bit. He was awesome!