Saturday, April 10, 2010

A For Effort

Well, today's craft fair was kinda a bust. I learned a major lesson to not participate in craft fairs that are also flea markets. The clientele for the two events are totally different: on the lookout for cheap stuff vs. homemade stuff (and are okay spending a little more money for something handcrafted). I even left the event 2 hours early because I didn't think it was worth it to sit there when the flow of people was almost zip.

Someone recognized my work from a craft fair that I did last Fall. That really meant a lot to me to know that my work made a lasting impression. :)

Things that I'm thankful for from today:
  • I'm glad that my boss allowed me to take the last 2 Fridays off so that I could prep for the craft fair because I can at least say that I gave it my best effort. I ended up with 248 cards ready to sell.
  • I'm thankful that I had some company! Some vendors sat with no one visiting and nothing to read for hours. My parents stopped by for a little while (even though we live like 30 minutes away!). My officemate Jennifer and Meg came by (separately) and sat with me for a good 30-45 minutes to keep me company. They could have been doing yardwork or going for a run, but instead hung out with me for a little bit. Thanks!
The way I look at it, the effort that I put in for this craft fair will not be lost. I'll be ready if another one comes by, and I can always list cards on Etsy. On another note, I need to figure out a way to make my cards stand up to catch people's attention, but not spend an arm and a leg for a display board. Thinkthinkthinkthink (Winnie the Pooh style).


Sarah Knight said...

You could probably make some simply sort of reverse shelves out of mat board. Just assemble 2 pieces at a reclining angle & stick a wedge between them.

Good luck!

Valerie said...

I've had some shows like that and have learned to really check them out before I enter. Sounds like you have a really positive attitude though!

Could you make a display with two vertical poles or wooden sides and have string going back and forth? You could either get miniature clothes pins to hold them up or let them hang over by the fold in the card.

Good luck at your next show!

Hannah said...

Sorry it was not the best experience today but I love your positivity!

andrea said...

You've just reminded me I should start finding some local craft fairs :)

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