Um, hi! Long time no see! Buuuuuusy week for me. The holidays are rapidly approaching and I’m holding on for dear life!
SO, Holiday Handmade Craft Fair was this weekend, and all I can say is thank goodness for Etsy, because things just didn’t work out how I’d envisioned.
But let’s come back to that later.
Wasn’t my display cute??? The frame was an old timey spindle crib (without hardware) that I rescued from someone’s trash (yes, I do things like that), and my talented hubby added some hinges and mounted my kitchen menu board as a makeshift sign.
It was only a mini booth (free since I’m an employee), but I tried to go all out and cram all I could into the 4′ space. I had 8 quilts, 1 runner, a snack mat, pillows, aprons, quilt stationary, and my vintage pattern collection.
Sold a couple of pillows, some patterns, and most of the stationary, but I guess I didn’t get the memo that no one wants to spend more than $20 on any single item at a craft fair, because I didn’t sell a single quilt. :( Half way through the last day, I went through and slashed the prices to barely above cost and vendors around me were like “Nooooooo, so sad! Just keep them and list on Etsy!”
Well, the good news is my Etsy shop is more full than it’s been all year, and I won’t need to make baby shower gifts for a good while!
Lesson learned the hard way I suppose- people don’t make big purchases (like quilts) at craft fairs…especially in December. It’s all about stocking stuffers. The woman in the booth next to me must have sold over 100 baby hats. Sheesh.
Well, quickly moving on- I’ve got gifts to ship, Block-Of-The-Month samples to sew, and patterns to write! No time to shed a tear over craft fair fail.