I can now say I have shown and SOLD my creations in a craft show! My little business is real and there is no stopping now.
The last two weeks have been CRAZY! The craft show is over and was successful, happy day! Let me tell you, that last week before “the” show… nothing can prepare you for that craziness. The last minute creating, the tagging (oye I will always do that as I go from now on!), the pricing, the lists, the stress of the unknown, the weather (I didn’t know a raining few days could stress me out) and not to mention the “normal” life routines, making dinner (I admit, there where quite a few evenings of “oh yea- dinner, well how about frozen veggies and rice?”), cleaning up- this did NOT happen… my poor June Cleaver want to be self was not around and I payed for it yesterday (it took me 5 hours to clean our less than 1000 sq ft. place) and the mommy guilty, “I need to sew, why don’t you watch another show” was said by me WAY too much!
That being said, it was well worth it! Here is what I learned during “the” show:
1. A three day show is very, very, very long! Oh boy, it’s a long time to be working a booth space, a long time to be standing, and a long time to be away from my family.
2. Make sure you can sit down, you don’t want to stand for three days like I did! I admit, many people warned me about this, but I though no big deal…ha wrong! It wasn’t that my feet and lower back started to ach during the show, it’s when you get home, hubby hands you a cocktail and you sit down to relax- that’s when the feet start to ach a bit, then you stand up…boy howdy…no not comfortable, make sure there is at least a stool.
3. Having a friend help you out is awesome! My good friend Ashley, from Magazine Mom, helped me out Saturday and Sunday. It was great, very helpful and made the days go by faster. I lost track of how many times we rearranged the inventory, but that’s what we do. (by the way, I need help in kiddo’s room Ash) Have someone help you out, it’s a must!
4. No matter what, do not set mental expectations. I did this, I didn’t want to, and I know I should not have done so, but I did. I was a bit bummed at the end of the show, with the outcome of what I sold and what I have left over. Reality, the next day, I did pretty awesome for my first time!
5. People watching is fascinating! Really. There are some interesting people out there in the world. Many, many nice and kind people. People you don’t want your children around (blue dots). People that make you go “huh?” Here’s an example of this, Day three, a very nice older lady was in my booth, we where chatting, she was holding one of the dresses I made, saying “how cute her grand daughter was going to look wearing it this coming summer.” “How her daughter would love it because it’s vintage.” and “How well made it is, and the price is perfect” I was thinking sold, woohoo…. nope, she turned around, hung it up and walked away, not even a thank you or bye. What can I say people are weird (and I include myself in that weirdness)
5. Having a pro, like my mom, is a must! She helped me out so much, I can not say Thank you enough. With having everything I needed for my booth space, helping me tag and many many (MANY) other things, she is awesome! Oh and she can pack a mini van like NO other!
All in all, this was an amazing experience. I can say “I finally did it” and I survived. I have made some great contacts, learned quite a few things and have confirmation (even more than before) that people do like what I make. I will be posting the remaining inventory on my etsy page soon too!
What next…well some how it’s already December 4th! 20 days until Christmas- wowzers! I know I will be sharing with you a few ornament projects, a few recipes, our experience with an Elf visiting, a few of my Swedish traditions and maybe even a fascinator or two. Until then, cheers!