At Dune I have several roles; the oldest Sand Artist, Packaging Specialist, Sand Guru, but my favorite role by far is when I travel to meet fellow beach lovers at various Craft Fairs and Trunk Shows Dune participates in. This past weekend was particularly jam-packed with the Harvestfest in York, Maine and two Trunk Shows at some of our Connecticut Retailers: Blue Moon Artisans and Galina’s.
Probably the most asked question I hear is, “Do you get to travel to all of these beaches to collect sand?” I wish. With our Sandbank™ spanning over all 7 continents, it’s thanks to our customers that we have such a large palette to work with. However, it would be silly to not check our stock of certain beaches before travelling. My fellow Sand Artist, Andrea, and I, left for Maine a day early to do just that. We packed her car full of all the supplies needed to set up a craft fair booth with a few spare baggies for sand from Short Sands, Long Sands, and Ogunquit beaches.
The sight of the Maine coast is invigorating and always takes my breath away. Andrea had visited York and Ogunquit on family vacations in her childhood, but I had only started loving the pine covered cliffs when I first participated in the Harvestfest 4 years ago. I love hearing the locals and tourists alike marveling at the trails by Perkin’s Cove, or the expanse of horizon that blurs at sunset on Long Sands. After collecting our treasures, we ate a quick but delicious meal at the Cornerstone Pizza in Ogunquit and called it a night, knowing that tomorrow would be a busy day.
The York Harvestfest is probably my favorite event that Dune shows at. Having a booth there for 5 years has built us a unique community of hard-core “Dunies” that look specifically for our booth. Andrea (this being her first time running this show with me), was overwhelmed by the amount of times people walked up to our booth wrists-first, flaunting their Sandbead® Bracelets, stacks of Beach Bangles, and brewing with curiosity over what new designs we had brought. I was waiting for my girl, Karen, who has worked the Harvestfest every year to show up. She did with her husband, showing Andrea the pieces she purchased years ago, before she decided she had to add a Heart Sand Jewel Necklace to her collection.
It’s inspiring to go from a 9-5 of making and packaging the jewelry to getting on the road and seeing how much the locations and the memories tied to them light up people’s faces. They see a sand listed on our Sandbank™ and the various memories that we make tangible with a pinch of sand and silver. I have the greatest job in the world.