I have quite a few things to post, although some of them are rather old…I was fairly busy for a bit there, then it slowed, then I went on vacation, and then this past week I worked furiously to prepare for a craft fair! And there’s been a decent amount of things that ought to have been shared, but weren’t.
But I’ll be photographing a bunch of things to sell on etsy this next week, so I’ll try to post them as I go. Most of them I’ve shared before, but it was interesting to collect all my work in one spot. But onto the craft fair: my friend, Elise, for whom I did the LU+MA logo (her display is in the last photo), asked if I would want to sell with her at Shop Party. It was the first I’d heard of it, but it was a craft fair in a a local park, complete with live music, beer, and some great vendors.
(Not sure if I’m a fan of this slide-show plug-in. It’s either the images really big, or a bit too small. Still testing.)
While I didn’t quite break even–the only things that actually sold were the cards (the cheapest thing, of course)–overall, I really enjoyed the experience. Because a. it was a great opportunity to get involved in the local art community, which I haven’t done before now, b. I had to get everything ready, but because I didn’t sell much here, I have a lot of products prepared for later, and ideas for more. And lastly, c. I got a lot of great feedback from the crowd. Nobody really splurged on a painting (not a surprise, though)…but I was able to talk to a number of people, and well, TOTAL CONFIDENCE BOOSTER.
It was nice to remind myself I’m not working in a bubble. Hard to remember sometimes.
I was also able to trade with one of the other vendors–she loved my little raven. The poor guy’s been languishing in my etsy shop, and so when she mentioned she wanted him, I jumped at the chance to trade. I’ve never actually done an artist trade before…so it was a bit of fun for me (eee!). Plus, I got two really neat necklaces in trade, and have a new contact for any future fairs.
Although I participated in the CCA Winter Fair last year, I was really unprepared for that one, so I didn’t feel very positive about the experience. But this time, though I was aided a bit by that first experience, went so much better. Yes, I didn’t sell enough, but no, I didn’t feel unprepared. I had a heck-load of merchandise, had remembered to bring change, and created a great display. And that was good.
Post Script: It was really, really hot. And we forgot an umbrella or tent, though I brought my parasol. I got sunburned! Just a bit, but enough to go “Yay, summer!” …even though it’s the middle of September. Something to remember for next time…
Also for next time: today I signed up for Square, which I think may help encourage sales next time. Limited cash can always be a turn off, especially when your goods are priced higher.
And I asked Elise if her brother would be willing to make me one of those neat stands, like in the last picture up there. Because I want something to display my paintings without having to rely on too much table space…but also not too much money, like an easel would cost. Hope this happens.