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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

My 1st Craft Show Experience



Well, I survived my first craft show last Saturday. My friend Deanna helped me get all of my last minute things together on Friday. Thank you, Deanna! :-) We had to leave by 6am on Saturday morning, so we packed up most of the items on Friday night.

How successful was the show? Well, in terms of selling things, it was not a big success. Nonetheless, I did sell 2 of my chicks, a Petite Purse, and a Scottie dog pin. One good thing about doing the show is that I was able to meet two other Etsians exhibiting there. I was able to chat all things Etsy, etc with them. And from doing the show, I could see people's reactions to my work and people were able to see my work "in person" vs. seeing it "online." Near the end of the show there was a woman who mentioned to me that she's been thinking of organizing a craft show in the Delafield area and she was interested in having my work at the show.

Another good thing is . . . I have a little bit of craft show experience to learn from and draw upon. Plus, there's the fact that all of the proceeds from the craft show organizers went to the MS walk/run. If I wanted to be "facetious" I would say that I could've brought a TV tray to display my work on since I sold only a small fraction of what I made and packed up to bring to the show. It was a lot of work to do, but as you can see from above, there were plenty of good "non-monetary" things gained from doing it too.


This is the Scottie dog pin that I sold at the show. Hurray! :-)


I mentioned that I sold a "Petite Purse" at the show. What is a Petite Purse? Some of them are photographed above. I just added a few Petite Purses to my Etsy shop, Lilly Bug Boutique.


The yellow "Petite Purse" above is one of my favorites. Yellow is such a cheerful color. :-) This yellow one is posted in my Etsy store as well as the blue one shown below.


Petite Purses are perfect to tuck in a little gift, such as one of my pins or magnets. I tucked my little froggie pin into the Blue Petite Purse.


Please hop into my Etsy shop to see my products. Thanks for visiting! :-)

7 comments:

Parallax said...

Those purses are adorable. And it's good to hear you got some real benefits from the show, despite the slow sales.

Southern Girl said...

Congrats on your fisrt show!

Mike's Hemp Bracelets said...

Congrats on getting through your first show!!!

BrigaBauble said...

Congrats on surviving your first show! I sold only one thing at my first show and, while I still have yet to do a ton, have had more success since then. Your items are adorable and your pictures so beautiful and clear!

Gina said...

It sounds like the craft show may open up some other great opportunities for you! How wonderful! My sister and I are going to do a show this year too. Exciting and scary at the same time.
Those little purses would be so cute for a doll house.

Glitzer said...

Congrats on your first show! I have never done one... thanks for sharing the experience! All the best for the next!

Christine said...

Thanks everyone! :-)