I know you’re all waiting to hear with baited breath how it went yesterday. I’ll get right to it-I sold two aprons and one jewelry roll. Even though I left the house saying that as long as I sold one thing I’d be happy, I was initially pretty disappointed. That said, every elderly person who walked past did look at the aprons and smile. And the two people who bought aprons (the pink and green one with the pom pom fringe and the Farmdale crossing one) were very happy. A friend bought the jewelry roll for her mom, and that still counts. Here’s why I’m not too upset–the overall scene was just not what I thought it would be. I honestly thought there would be many people selling things like my items, but there weren’t. This fair included “vendors”, which means they allowed people who do direct marketing sales (i.e., Tastefully Simple, Discovery Toys, and the like) there. Most bizarre of all (to me) was the Cash For Gold lady. What? People bring their old gold to a craft fair to sell it for cash? That’s just weird.
So, I made $59 and spend $58 on some beautiful items. There was a lady there who hand painted gourds and had charming Christmas tree ornaments; a lady who made beaded bracelets (I got one for Tabby with her name); and, my favorite, a woman who made stained glass ornaments and also used those techniques to display antique postcards. So, she had these antique postcards, put glass on the front and back, and then scalloped copper “tape” (that’s what she said it was) around the edge, and then loops and a ribbon to hang. I love antique holiday postcards anyway and it was neat to see them like this. I bought a Christmas and a Thanksgiving one for myself. One of the cards is from 1910 and the other 1911. AND, the Thanksgiving one is addressed to a “Master Clark” and the message says “Well, is Clark going to have a turkey for Thanksgiving like this one?” How quaint is that? I just love seeing this century old handwritten message, and Clark doesn’t have a very common name, so it was cool to come across it like that.
So, will I give up apron making? Absolutely not. I love picking fabrics and putting them together and I love deciding on the finishing touches. I did not love feeling rushed by my need to have a certain amount by a certain time. So I’ve decided I will continue to make them and then put them up on Etsy (I felt like it was a really long day at the craft fair just hoping the right potential buyer would walk by.) I also do have two custom orders-one for a friend’s child, and one for a friend’s mother in law. I’m looking forward to that very much. Oh, and I will definitely be making kids’ sized aprons and full length aprons (many people asked about that). I’m also going to make a few “vendor aprons”–short ones with pockets for money.
After the long day I didn’t want to cook and we ended up taking the kids out to dinner. We decided to be brave and try out a……Christian cafe. I know, right? I’m uneasy about Christian bookstores and the like, but we’ve been thinking about going here because a)it has a separate entrance to the cafe and b)it has a big fish tank (if you have kids you know nothing entertains them in a restaurant quite like a giant fish tank.) What a delightful evening it turned out to be! It was a cozy cafe and there was a musician playing live music. OK, he wasn’t so great (his singing was kind of awful, but his original classical guitar music pieces were beautiful) but the kids were thrilled by having live music during dinner and he was thrilled by their enthusiastic clapping and rapt attention (we were the only people there for quite a while) and the food was good and no one preached at us. So, Flemington area folks that’s a little plug for Connections. Just don’t go into the bookstore area because you will be assaulted by things like dvds saying they will tell you the “Truth About Dinosaurs.” <shudder>
And now we are going to have a relaxing afternoon doing this: making snow globe soaps!