- Relief - my first show is over and done with!! Phew! The first of anything is always pretty overwhelming to me.
- Commitment - I CAN do this! Despite dismal sales (didn't make my table fee back), and low attendance, I enjoyed the show and feel like now I can try to undertake more, perhaps "boutique"-type shows.
- Disappointment - see the comment about dismal sales :)
My booth was one of two "handmade" jewerly booths (handmade in quotes b/c I'm not sure if the other vendor was handcrafted jewelry or resales) - the others ranged from stained glass to woodburned pieces to stone-type critters and plenty of knitting/crocheting items. It seems as if the consensus among vendors was that sales were down, and even the foot traffic was way down. I believe the high sellers of the fair were the baked goods (apple pie....fudge....oh boy!), and the Church-benefit-booth which was selling old jewelry donated by parishoners. So overall, while this was a good experience for me, it wasn't a profitable one. Will I do this particular show again? If I do, it will be only because of sentimental reasons (first fair, and all that). So we'll have to see!
Unfortunately I didn't get any really good pictures of my table - I forgot to take the camera off of it's macro setting, which I'd used to take some jewelry pictures the day before! But here is one, so that you can get a feel for what it looked like. I themed it towards "Autumn", and used lots of browns and reds and organic feeling displays. And Eric made two beautiful display racks for me! Those worked out very well.