Our first show was yesterday and it went pretty well. We definitely didn’t sell as much as we thought we would but it was our first showing and a lot of the crafter’s there told us that they felt it was a little slow, so we felt we did well despite the lower earnings.
I learned a few lessons from yesterday’s show:
1- I am not a crafter by heart. Meaning, I do not know how these people can do this all year long. I loved working on our projects and it was fun to sell things we worked hard to create but I took precious time away from my family to do this for four months and took seven hours away from my husband and children to sit at a show for hours on end. Not my cup of tea. I did have fun hanging out with Melissa but I think we might have had more fun going to Panera or shopping.
2- Our stuff fills a niche that craft shows may not cater to? We got so many compliments on our booth and our name but I think that we couldn’t compete with the felt ornaments, fashion jewelry, and oil paintings. We were told by many a passerby that we should try Etsy or a farmers market. So we are going to try the farmers market route next summer. Not sure how we are gonna feel sitting out in 90-degree heat and not selling anything but we shall see.
We got some really great comments and met some really amazing people. We had some great crafters who shared a hallway with us as well; the cute lady next to us who has her own boutique in town and sold the cutest choker necklaces.
The women next to us (who called us “craft fair virgins“), one of whom lost her son to the war in Iraq in July at age 21. We hugged those women when we left, that’s how close we became during the day. So it was all worth it and we would do it again. But next time we are bringing our iPod, more snacks, and a crossword puzzle.
This was the hit of the show and we really wish we had made more. Oh well, next time.
This is subway art from the county we live in with all the towns listed. The lady next to us who has the boutique in town took down our email address and said she would like to order some for her shop, so keep your fingers crossed. We will sell this at the Farmers Market next summer and I am sure it will do well. Only we will make 10 of these, not just 1.
Here is my business partner (doesn’t that sound so professional?) Melissa, posing during one of the slow times. At one point, I was taking pictures of her “sleeping” and she texted them to her sister in San Francisco.
Yes, we were that bored.
Here is me with my favorite thing I made for the show. I was secretly hoping this wouldn’t sell and maybe that was bad karma for our booth. This didn’t sell and will be in my home for Christmas.
Some of our cute display.
Our name was a HUGE HIT at the show with almost every customer commenting on it.
Not a huge enough hit for them to put down the crocheted potholder and buy something though.
These brownies were heavenly!! Thank you bake sale ladies for making these and helping the day to go a little faster. Oh, and the soup was great too! We got the Pasta Fagioli but everyone told us that they are known at the church for their Chicken Noodle.
Some great things happened out of this experience:
– I learned that I work well owning my own business with a partner and friend.
– We met some great people who inspired us to keep trying and were cheering us on ( I think the ladies around us were pretty excited that it was our first show and that was really fun).
– And I think we may have to try out the church where the show was held. Adorable people, great Pastor and the kids who attend were so sweet and had such manners. We have been looking for a new home church that has more for the children and I think we may have found it. So it was a great show indeed.