It. Was. AWESOME.
I don't know why I was so nervous! I worked like a mad-woman in the weeks leading up to the show, literally crafted up to the last minute, had my house A WRECK while I concentrated on nothing else for at least a month, wasn't able to complete all the items I wanted to have ready, anyway, and you know what - it didn't even matter. It was fantastic. The girls who organized the show did an impressive job and found a great location and selected a wide variety of vendors selling all kinds of adorable items. Then they threw in delicious baked goods and even swing dancers! I don't know how they got the word out, considering it was the first annual of this specific craft show, but they managed to attract a steady stream of shoppers looking to spend their hard-earned cash.
I had a HUGE table centered at the very end of the first floor. You could not miss me. I just wish I had brought more items. I'd planned on having a tidy, minimal looking table because I'm not fond of the cluttered, scattered displays that I've often seen at shows. Well, that backfired on me a little 'cause I had a VERY minimal looking area. I wasn't expecting to be lucky enough to have an actual dining room table - I've seen what most folks have to work with and that's what I prepared for. Oh well, live and learn! Regardless, all the customers were very nice and complimentary of my work and I'm very happy with the amount of sales I made. I was even interviewed by a reporter for the New Times, had a beanie featured in their images of the show, and made it to a brief mention in the article! AND I sold her an item. I was very fortunate to not only have The Doomed there with me but even Rapid Mood Swings flew out from LA to help out, too! All in all, a great time, great first experience, and I can't wait to do it again.
And I don't have to! My next show is lined up for April and I'm already working away to prepare for it. Up next, though, I really need to get my shop in order. I made lots of new things that I haven't had a chance to photograph or list on etsy yet and lots more ideas to make.
Here's a sneak peek of what's to come:
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