Sunday, December 5, 2010

And Then it was Over

Yesterday was the craft show I've been writing about lately... my very FIRST craft show... and for the last two months sewing items for. And now its over! Yes, I'm somewhat relieved. I can now move on to sewing for Christmas AND re-stock my Etsy Shop, among other things.


Anyhow - back to yesterday's event: It was held at a church in Florence, Kentucky, and the show workers were amazingly friendly and helpful! They even had men out front at 7:30am to help us carry things inside... which was great!
Carla and I set up the tables then moved things around three times before we decided on the final setup about 15 minutes before the show opened at 9am.
The best selling items were the burp cloths, hand towels, mug rugs, and zipper pouches. Unfortunately I brought home all of the quilts, stroller quilts, baby elf hats, and sewing machine covers. I guess I chalk it up to it snowing all day and I think that deterred some people from venturing out, or at least that's what I keep telling myself.



I had my first sale after an HOUR into the show. That kind of took me aback but I kept telling myself that this was a different kind of crowd... grandma's, good ol' folks, and people who have never heard of Etsy or know anything about modern crafting/sewing/quilting. The above quilts stayed nice and cozy on Grandma's quilt rack as none of them sold... but that's ok. Tomorrow I'll be listing them on Etsy and I'm sure they'll find a nice home.


Overall it was a great experience! There were a couple of vendors that had adorable little booths, were on Etsy, and obviously had done a craft show or two in the past. They approached me to ask if I'd be interested in a MODERN "craft show" next November and of course I said YES! They were super sweet girls and I think the networking I did at this show could be worth a lot.

**A HUGE THANK YOU to my mom, Carla, and Amanda for coming to support me (and help with Eli) yesterday!**

15 comments:

Brittney said...

Congrats on your first craft show! I did one last fall and had the same experience as you. I had similar things as you made with cute, modern fabric and it was all so out of place among the grannies and their old fashioned crafts. It was definitely a fun experience, but I don't plan on doing it again unless it's a "modern" show like you mentioned. My best selling items were little "fillers" I made like headbands and pin cushions, also my cheapest products, which is why I think they sold so well.

JK said...

A huge congrats to you! It looks like you did a wonderful job setting up your booth! You will sell out on Etsy in no time I bet!

Stephanie said...

Everything looks great, I love your set up and your banner looks awesome. You will clean up at a modern craft show! The two I've done so far are a modern show and I get swarms of people around my table, they love the modern fabrics. For now though it's the Christmas season, so you'll do great on Etsy!! Glad you had fun and sold some things, it was great experience for sure!

BaileyGirl5 said...

I love your booth! I would have drawn right over to it if I had been there.

Cara said...

Congrats on your first show! Your booth is absolutely adorable. I think you definitely belong at a more modern show - like Renegade.

Laurel H. said...

Congratulations!!!

The first one is always the hardest. Consider any you get a great success. I think there are two "take-aways" in this. First, you really might fare better at a modern craft show. Second, and this is fairly universal, it takes 3-4 times at any given venue to establish yourself, and begin to see some real results and many sales. You did GREAT!

P.S. Forgive the grandmas; they were looking for calico, ducks, and ruffles. :)

Catherine said...

Congratulations on surviviing your first craft show! Your booth looked great and to be invited to another craft show is definitely a plus to be taken. I'm sure the more you do the more succesful you will be.

Riel said...

Your display looks great. I love the banner!

Jen said...

I LOVE your whole set up! It really looked fantastic! You had a lot of great stuff available too!

Craft shows are so hard! They are tons of fun, but somewhat discouraging. What I do know from the past, for myself and my Aunt anyway, who does a lot of them, is the the smaller, more inexpensive items sell! I guess people just don't want to spend lots of money at those shows, I don't know...it just always seems like the cheaper things sell. I'd always crochet dishcloths and they would sell more than anything else. (I'd do one for $5 or 3 for $12, or something like that)

Good luck on your next one and I have no doubt your stuff will sell, whether it be your next show or on Etsy. It's all so beautiful!

Christina said...

Hi Cristin,

Wow! You had so much space to work with! Your display looked fantastic. I love all the colors. :)

I, too, had the same exact problem at my show on the same day (and also in KY)... If you come across any modern shows, would you mind passing them along to me? :)

Lauren LiGreci said...

Cristin, everything looked spectacular. It looks like you did a great job setting up and now that you have one under your belt you will surely succeed (even more) at your next craft fair.

MiaDolce said...

Just happened upon your blog - really cute! Congratulations on your first show - your setup looks great. I know it takes a TON of work... I've just done 1 show also (which was a complete disaster and completely wore me out) but I like to think of it as a great "learning experience" ha! Good luck on the next one :)

Sunshine said...

Hey, glad the show was a success - if you sell something and break even at least, that's a success in my books, especially for the first show! Hopefully the table wasn't too expensive :)
The type of crowd you get is hugely important, I agree!

Sonia said...

I did a couple of craft shows this summer, and they didn't do well. Most of the vendors/crowd were "older" and I don't quite think they got the idea of"modern" quilting and sewing. I live outside Nashville. So if you guys do put together a modern craft show there, I'd love to know about it :)

Faith said...

Ok, found the post. :) I'm really impressed that you got out there and did a show. I grew up helping my mom sell at craft shows and they are a ton of work! Plus, doing something new like that is scary (at least for me!) I love your attitude about it and that you were able to network into a better fit. Maybe you should come up to Chicago and do the Renegade Craft Fair. Etsy is a sponsor and it's definitely the modern crowd.