Well, my first craft fair has come and gone. I can’t say it was a very big success, but I’m not bitter about it because, frankly, it didn’t seem like anyone was doing a brisk business. There just didn’t seem to be that many shoppers. I have to give credit to the organizers, though and all the volunteers–this was super organized, ran smoothly, there were so many Immaculata students helping out, and it was really nicely put together. Looking around at all the other tables I think our table displayed well and we had beautiful goods. People were admiring and complimentary about the aprons, and many people seemed to like looking through the photo notecards and were tickled by the baby chick pictures. The ones like these (the bottom one had the stamped caption, “How’s my hair?”:
People admired my moms dolls and animals, but she only sold three all day.
As for me, I only sold ONE apron (Merry Christmas, Hello Kitty) and it was to a friend of mine. In fact, out of the $167 I made today, all but $40 of was sold to friends. And not only that but three of the items sold haven’t been made yet because they are going to be custom aprons. You know, last year I had the idea of having a holiday open house for my friends and their friends where I’d have my wares out, but I thought it would be too weird to invite friends over to shop my things. But it turns out they all seem to like buying my stuff so perhaps I’ll just do that next year. And if they make things (Megan, I’m looking at you and your crocheting) I’ll encourage them to bring their things too.
I was definitely worried about our prices being too high but I sincerely feel that I could not sell my items at lower prices given the time and materials used. Also, when I look around at Etsy and other shoppes they seem comparable. So while they many not be inexpensive I think they are appropriately priced. I’m kind of annoyed I didn’t sell any of the jewelry rolls since last week I rushed to create them to have them.
As I’ve said all along it’s a good thing I like my stuff because I’m happy to keep or gift it. But also, I did set up an Etsy store a while ago and just not put anything in it. So I will likely get that going for real now. I wish I could find a local place willing to put out my notecards, but for now they can go in the shop as well. Oh, and out of the money I made I also spent money at a few tables myself.
I would feel discouraged for us, except that: Mom’s hairstylist wants to sell the dolls in her shop, a lady once bought Mom’s dolls out of her trunk, and I have had an Etsy shop for a while just waiting to be filled up with goods. I think our things were lovely, they just didn’t have a good audience today. And now I can relax and have fun sewing some things that I want to for myself-a Christmas bunting, some placemats, a couple of funky potholders, and a dress for Tabby.
So it was a mixed day-definitely disappointing, but not embarrassing.