10.28.2012

You Think I'd Learn

In the spring of 2008, I did a craft fair that I knew I shouldn't do.  But the table was free, the venue was huge and well-advertised and I thought, what the hell.  I was surrounded by 62 other vendors all selling jewelry.  No one did very well.  It was hotter than Hades and we left with most of our stuff and a sunburn.  I made less than $20 that day, selling off some bead mixes and supplies.

19 months ago I did a craft fair that I knew I shouldn't do.  But the space was only $30, the venue was close to home and I thought even though they did minimal advertising, what the hell.  I was surrounded by hipsters with glue guns who made "reclaimed" and "eco-friendly" objects of someone's idea of art.  I sold nothing and wasted an entire day.

Today I did a craft fair that I knew I shouldn't do.  The space and two tables were only $70, the venue was close to home and I thought even though they did no advertising, what the hell.  I was surrounded by wonderful people with interesting things and most of them my contemporaries.  I sold a bracelet, a pair of earrings, a necklace, and 6 greeting cards.  I  made $75.

(You may admire my lovely assistant.)

My question is:  does this sound like progress?



There will be more later, once I figure out what I'm going to do when I grow up.


4 comments:

  1. I am so with you...can't seem to quite hit it. Afraid to do an expensive juried show. Hang in there - we'll figure it out soon. And your assistant is quite lowly :-)

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    1. So many of my artist pals are faced with the same dilemma - if it's a successful venue with a proven track record, you need to have really high ticket items OR huge quantities (a la reseller) to afford the table. And most of us don't fit that mold. I sell the occasional piece in my bookstore, take on the odd commissioned piece, and even more rarely sell something online. It's enough to make me think there are possibilities - I just need to find them.

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  2. This is just so sad. I have given up on craft shows - same problems. I must say your display looks wonderful and I am so sorry you didn't do better. I don't know what the answer is ; (

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    1. Thanks, Jean. There is an answer - it's just hiding. Maybe we could lure it into the open with cookies . . .

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