Monday, October 18, 2010

First Craft Show Ever....











Well it was an interesting time for a first craft show! I certainly learned alot, but there are alot of questions too. Like, where were all the people? The exhibitors around me were all asking the same questions, and wondering if they would be back next year. Weather was good for the public, though very windy. We had to hang onto tents sometimes, especially the jewelry exhibit next to me. Perhaps it was the gargantuan rummage sale down the road at the hospital in Leesburg, we just don't know. Last week's show a few miles away was down about 5 % and the one 3 weeks ago same distance away was up about the same, this one down more than 100% for the exhibitors I spoke to, all of whom had been there many years. Well, I made costs plus some, so I am okay, but it was alot of work and a long day for no profit. Sigh, well, next month is another show, and it is supposed to be really terrific. A real doorbanger.
The two blondes are my friend Lynette and her granddaughter Rachel who came along to help and sell her beautiful embroideries. Rachel made lovely bracelets too! At least I had a great time hanging with Lynette all day, she is a dear friend and talented enough for two! And when my things blew over in the wind, it wasn't the disaster the dozens of tiny earrings were next to me! Like I said, I sure learned alot! But I sure hate posed pictures!

4 comments:

Morning's Minion said...

Sorry to hear that things didn't go better. Is the down-turn in the economy to blame--or do we know?
I have always enjoyed attending craft shows and feel that most of the items are lovely and well worth their price tag, but have to admit that my budget through the years usualy didn't allow for purchasing much.
I've sat on the other side of the display table a few times as well--and been disappointed.
Here's hoping the holdiay season will bring more buyers.

Sharon said...

I've been wondering if I'm going to have the same experience. I saw that the high school has their craft fair scheduled for the same weekend as my first craft show. I'm sorry cuz your critters are way cute.

Kim said...

Oh Sharon, hope yours is way better. My next is in November, mayber it will be better too!

DEEP END OF THE LOOM said...

I worked the art faire circuit for a year in 2009, but as a food vendor. Some shows are really good others, not so much it really all depends on the advertising and the promotors. Good Luck on the next show I hope you sell out.