Friday, November 18, 2011

Phew

I'm exhausted.

And done.

Can we break out some of this now, please?



Oh, thank you, that's much better.

Yep, as of last night, I am officially done with my shows for the year.  It feels good.  Don't get me wrong, I enjoy doing the shows, typically I do pretty good, and I get so much positive feedback.  So it's definitely worth it.  But man, are they draining!  It could, though, just be my introvert showing through ;)  

My first show I talked about earlierPatty and I did The Ridgefield Cultural Festival as a tag-team event.  What did I like best about this show?  Well, come on, of course it was hanging on...errr....out with Patty! 

Patty's stuff is on the blue and brown, mine is on the brown and sage.

I then had a little bit of a break.  Like two weeks.  During which my husband brought my stuff to work.  And outsold me.  Big time.  I also ended up bringing my stuff in to work too.  Two weeks after Ridgefield, I started up again, with three shows in two weeks.  Yeah, it was a bit chaotic.  In between the last two shows I didn't even unpack my car.  It was all good though, and now I'm done.

My table at The Holiday Extravaganza
At later shows I added a level and brought the earring frame up higher.
Much better


But I'm sure you want to know what I've learned and experienced with doing shows.

  • A six foot table isn't nearly long enough.

  • Layers, height and variety is good.  But stay unified.

  •  People are attracted to unique and original displays.


  • Chocolate is a wonderful way to draw people in.

  • You can't have enough business cards.  (I've got four left.  no fooling.)

  • Repeat customers rock.

Patty had awesome cases like this on her table at Ridgefield.
I immediately went out and found some.
Surprisingly, they were a perfect fit for my tables!

  • What you expect to sell, invariably doesn't. 

  • What you don't expect to sell well, will.

  • Don't get discouraged - that big sale could be after a lull that lasts an hour! 
    (and often is)

  • Show organizers who have free food for vendors rock.  Big time.

  • Show organizers who don't have food at all don't rock.  Big time.   

Well, I think that's about it.  I will also say that with practice, setting up and breaking down goes much easier!  But my husband doesn't understand why it still took me an hour to set up.  He did it in ten minutes.  Yeah, ten minutes.  Granted, he didn't bring the table clothes and I simplified things for him.  But still.

I guess that's my inner perfectionist showing through.  If I could have, I'd have brought a steam iron to make sure the table clothes were good and wrinkle-free.

Wanna hear something funny?  I don't iron my own clothes.  Ah well ;)

If you do shows, what are some tips and advice you can you pass on?

2 comments:

Annette said...

That pie sure does look good! I haven't done a show but I've shopped at my fair share! I am most likely to stop at a space that is visually attractive and the vendor is friendly. And yeah, chocolate helps too, lol!

CraftyHope said...

I'm glad to hear things are going well. Thanks so much for the show tips and encouragement. You almost make it seem do-able.

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