Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Retro Indie Market Recapped - Finally!

What to say about MY FIRST CRAFT SHOW EVER?


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:

Button Fascinators
Embroidered Hair Clips


  1. So proud of you! The show was awesome!!

  2. Thanks! I'm SO happy you were able to come out and be a part of it.

  3. Wow that was hectic, but you table looked awesome, chica! You just needed more pictures of your awesome helpers...

  4. Right? If only I'd remembered to take some...

    It was so great to have you guys around to go get distracted by when the crowd slowed - and to help keep The Doomed entertained. :)