My friend and I decided to share a booth at a local craft show, and we began preparations for it a couple of months ago. Sewing, sewing, sewing. Sometimes I sewed for 8 to 10 hours a day. I didn't finish as much as I had planned, but I had more than enough totes and pouches to please any eco-friendly fanatics in the neighboring five counties.
works-in-progress. . . .
new vacay bags, eco-friendly, of course!
(pictured sans handles)
After scouring Pinterest for an obscene number of hours, I formulated in my mind what I wanted my booth to look like. I set about rummaging through thrift stores and wood piles for just the right materials. The week before the show was a blur of paint and sawdust and chicken wire, but I was ready. And I was pretty happy with the results. . . .
100% reclaimed wood and scavenged hardware
I already had chicken wire on-hand. of course.
I even read articles for introverts on how to survive small talk, specifically at craft fairs. Make eye contact and smile and say a happy (but not too eager) hello? GOT IT. I was ready!
My friend and I set up our booth on Saturday morning, proudly displaying our colorful wares for the throngs of eager shoppers to descend upon.
Except there were no shoppers.
Well, maybe 2, 3 or 4 per hour walked through the doors.
And they didn't buy my colorful wares.
I had tried to prepare myself beforehand that this could be a possible outcome, so I had consoled myself with the idea that I'd have plenty of inventory to stock my Etsy shop.
Trying to be all positive and stuff.
Well, it still sucked.
And I felt really. . . deflated.
Sunday, the day after the show, I moped and napped all day.
On Monday, I decided that that was enough negativity, and I needed to focus on all the things I had neglected in my last rush to finish everything before the show. So I made lists, did some laundry, bought some groceries.
Tuesday morning, I had a call-back diagnostic mammogram (all clear / no issues, thank you God!) so all that positivity and busy-ness on Monday also kept me from going completely nuts with useless what-ifs and worry.
ANYWAY. . . back to the craft show. . . .
I probably won't do another one. I knooooowwww they're all different, and that was just a bad one, etc. I also know that I made some mistakes with this booth (way too crowded, too busy, the flow / layout was awkward.) But if I can sit at home, with my kids and chickens, and you lovely folks can browse my shop from your home, in your jammies, then isn't that easier? I mean, I'll even sip some coffee and you can sip some coffee and we can have coffee time together. :)
Sooooo my shop will be overrun with sparkling new items soon. I'm writing product descriptions, and my photographer-daughter will be snapping new product pics for me (for the paltry price of 3 homemade apple pies) very shortly. So be on the lookout for my new eco-friendly totes, bags, and pouches (just in time for back-to-school!) and I will keep on sewing, sewing, sewing.
Talk to you soon!