*Whew!* I am glad I can finally allow myself to exhale. Don’t get me wrong, it’s been fun. But it’s also been a LOT OF WORK. I finished my final craft fair of the holiday season last Saturday. For the last time, at least for awhile, I packed up up my ten THOUSAND pound tables and shoved them into the small trunk of my little car. I bagged up my necklaces so they wouldn’t tangle with one another (as if they are made of nothing but magnets, I swear!) I couldn’t help but think, “Thank goodness no more of THIS for awhile!”
The craft fairs I have participated in this fall/winter season have been great learning experiences. I am pretty sure which ones I will be wanting to attend next year, and which ones I think I would rather skip. Some were better organized than others, and some better advertised than others. Some were, quite frankly, more worthy of their booth fee than others.
My final show, out at Opportunity Christian Fellowship in Spokane Valley, was a less-than-satisfactory show. If not for a couple of last minutes purchases just before closing time, I wouldn’t have even made back my 25 dollar booth fee. I reminded myself that the networking opportunities made it worth my while anyway, but I think I only passed out less than a half a dozen of my business cards. I hardly think that very much actual networking occurred.
Despite the recent disappointment, I haven’t given up on craft fairs altogether. The good ones have made them all more than worth it. I’ve been happy for the person-to-person interaction they provided. Hopefully more custom orders and online sales will result! (Crossing fingers, toes, legs, arms, etc.!)
I’m also hoping to look into some consignment deals and gallery showings. I had kind of given up on such arrangements for awhile. The last few locations I sold at went out of business when the recession hit. Fortunately I think I’m getting over the shell-shock. I think I could manage to gather the courage to approach some brick & mortar stores after the Christmas season; maybe a few of them would be willing to work out some deals. I’ll keep you posted if anything goes live!
In the meantime, I’m going to focus on selling online from my Etsy shops. New items will be eagerly added daily as I create away and post the things that didn’t sell at the craft fairs. Here’s a quick preview of some of the new headbands I’ve been adding, more will follow!