So my first craft show was yesterday. We got up bright and early. Well, it was early anyway - the sun is not out anymore in the morning. Don't you hate that this time of the year? I like it to be shiny & happy when I get up. *sigh* I digress...
We had everything packed up and ready to go the night before so all I had to do was get up, get cleaned, dressed and in the car. Made it to the show only 15 minutes after our assigned time. (Not bad! Me and early mornings do not mix.) Set up in about an hour (also not bad considering I tweaked my booth design a little bit last minute, and also had no idea if we'd be able to actually hang my banner as we'd not seen the booth spot to see if it'd be possible. But it was! And we did!). And we were ready to go and open for business on time!
Isn't it cute! (Don't get me started on how I realized, after the show was over, looking at the pictures, that the tablecloths aren't even...geesh!) But overall - cute, right?? :)
|My most wonderful, supportive, awesome helper for the day in the background there. <3|
I loved getting the feedback from customers. A LOT of people LOVED the owls. Almost every single person who stopped, picked up the red guy on the end or the blue guy next to the tree. I heard the words "sooo cute!" and "very different" quite frequently. I got very good feedback on my products and booth in general.
Alas, and I know a lot of crafters have encountered this problem, I don't think this was the venue for me. I feel like the crowd was looking for deals. Or were used to seeing all the other cutsie items that were in the show that had a purpose. Plush don't have a purpose. (Do they need to? I guess with our economy the way it is - trying to be a plush maker right now might not be the best idea...) A lot of people wondered if they were doorstops. I had to say many times - "Nope. They're just for fun and for loving. If you can get them to hold your door for you too then I guess that's a little bonus!"
And when people asked the prices (I only had one sign with all the pricing on it...) I feel almost all of them were sticker-shocked. :( Ugh. Stupid big-box, mass-produced, commercial, made-in-China culture we live in! I curse you!!!! Not really. But it is a bummer. And a huge hindrance to those of us trying to do what we love and who put so much time into these things... (Crafters! Stop under-selling your work!!! It just adds to the problem!!) *sigh*
But again, overall, it was a good time. I ended up really enjoying myself. I loved talking to the customers and getting real, live feedback. So many people loved my stuff - it felt really good. :) I didn't do badly either. I mean, I didn't do great - but I did make my booth fees back plus some. So it wasn't bad for a first show.
Couple of shots of "my view" during the show:
So in summary - nothing fell over, got broken, stolen, I didn't get sick ;) , I made some decent sales, got great feedback, learned a lot and had fun. :)
But on a personal level, I'm glad it's over because now I feel like I can finally take a breather and actually get into the holiday season. Lately, I've been so rushed and busy, I haven't had any time for personal "for fun" crafting or felt that "warm fuzzy" that I love so much about this time of year.
And on a business level - I'm now going to be working on getting alllll my plush inventory (as well as some Christmas gift tags and some brooches) into the shop! (If you see anything in the pictures you like - call dibs now! Email me or leave a message in the comments and I'll contact you back with if it's still available as well as pricing, shipping, etc.)
I also decided that I'm going to be having a little giveaway for my blog readers to show my appreciation for your patience with me during these last couple weeks. <3 So stay tuned for that!