Sunday, December 05, 2010
I realized that I still haven't posted about the craft fair I did a couple weeks ago. It was a lot of work, so even thinking about it feels like a lot of work. Thus, here we go, in point form:
- I had a super fun time hanging out with my booth buddies (My cousin, brother and sister in law) and made some new friends. I love being around creative people!
- My favourite moment was selling a robin to a mom and watching a baby munching on it sooo happily as they left.
- The toys were the most work, and didn't sell well. Booo. It was a ton of time and effort invested for very little return.
- A couple people recognized my work from the fair I did a couple years ago, or had received things before as gifts, very cool.
- A lady asked me if my toy blocks were educational (to which I replied "if stacking things up and knocking them over is educational, then yes")
- I met Jen, who reads my blog (hi!!) Which means I'm pretty much famous.
- The mom of a friend of mine picked up a postcard and mailed it to her, with knowing that we knew each other (did that make sense).
- I got really tired of explaining that yes, I drew these pictures (as opposed to stealing them off the internet?)
- I was really glad that I brought a yoga mat to stand on.
- Why is it that when some people compliment your work it feels great, and from other people it feels like a patronizing pat on the head?
- Some people didn't understand what the prints were. They would pick them up and turn them around and ask if they were greeting cards (yes I had a sign). So I had to explain that they were art. And that you can put it on your wall. No joke.
- Some people didn't buy art even if they liked it, because they would have to take something off their walls to put it up. I don't get this, I rotate my art all the time.
So all in all I feel very mixed. It was a lot of work and a big hassle to leave little S for two days (think, pumping in a supply closet...). I made a profit, but hardly. And that's on supplies, nowhere near paying myself. And I know that's how fairs are for a lot of people, but that's not good enough for me. If I do it next year, I might just nix the sewing and only sell prints and greeting cards. I won't make as much but it would be waaaaay less work. I love to craft, and I for some reason have this bizarre need to be successful at selling handmade goods. I'm not sure why, I should probably just focus on my art for business and do crafts for myself and as gifts.
We'll see how I feel about it next year!
Also, all my leftovers are up in the shop, and remember, there's still free shipping on all prints and magnets this week!
Posted by Hanna at 8:54 AM