Picture © Lillith's Dark Tower
So now it's history, the first Vienna Beauty Flea Market, that took place last Sunday!
We were overwhelmed and more than surprised to see that so many people came to to buy our stuff. It really wasn't a flea market, it was an invasion! Just like when MAC launched the Style Black Collection, you MAC-lovers know what I'm talking about :-) It was just like that. Our tables were raided!
Not only us bloggers who sold things were there, other blogging friends stopped by to visit us, like Michi, Mel and Chamy, Michi even baked Muffins for us, which was so sweet!
It was definitely a memorable day, it goes down in the book!
As for the guests, we had all different kinds of visitors: people who stopped by because they had seen the signs outside, people who dropped in after mass (the flea market was held in a parish hall), people who had come because they had seen the Facebook page or read our blogs, all sorts of very lovely people. One girl had even taken an early train from Lower Austria to be there, her hair still tousled because she had gone to a prom the night before...
And the funniest thing:
At some point a girl from MAC was standing there in front of me, and - roles reversed - I was selling HER stuff, MAC stuff. That was hilarious!
And there was this little girl, she was very young, must have still gone to school, she was looking at everything really carefully and then picked out a little palette. She left and came back after an hour and bought another palette, left again, came back again. I only realized after the third time that it was still her who came back and bought these little palettes. That really touched my heart. It reminded me of when I was young, it wasn't about makeup then, but it sure was little money and careful spending. I wanted her to come back, I would have given her something she liked, but she didn't return after the third time...
So there I was, with a humongous amount of makeup for sale. One girl, who had seen the sign outside and come in, asked me indcredulously, how come I had so much makeup. She couldn't quite grasp the idea of amassing so much makeup and asked if it was a hobby of mine. She asked twice! She didn't, or couldn't understand my answer the first time around! :-)
I guess yes, it is a hobby. I mean, when I saw all my things displayed there on the table, I asked myself how come I had so much stuff. But makeup is something I love, have always loved. It's instant transformation and instant change, and so easy to get off. It's something that gets me through the day, it's what I start my day with in the morning, and the last thing I take off before going to bed. It makes me feel better on a bad day.
So you're asking: (and my boyfriend is asking too) ;-)
Have I learned anything from the experience?
Will I still be going to MAC each month to check out their new collections even though I have so much stuff at home? Uhhhhhm... yes I will! :-)
Will I still be going to the drugstore and buy Essence and Catrice when they come out with new things? Sure, why not!
Makeup is changing all the time, new things come out all the time, and they do have an impact on a little part of my life. There was a time, when mineral foundation was not readily available in Europe, and where would I be without my beloved MAC Mineralize Satinfinish foundation today? There was a time when we had no eye primers and walking around with creasing eyeshadow was just a way of life. And there was a time when powders were so drying that I couldn't use one at all.
So yes, I guess I will still buy makeup, I will try out new things and purchase stuff I know I will probably like! And hopefully pass some of it on to you if it didn't work for me.
Maybe next year, at the Second Annual Vienna Beauty Flea Market?
But there is one thing I have learned for sure:
I HAVE TO STOP BUYING SO MANY BACKUPS!!