Friday, December 6, 2019

Craft Shows

Well, I decided to venture out into the craft show life again.  It's been over 12 years since I did a "craft" show.  It was a way of life when my kids were little.  I was a stay at home mom and earned enough money doing crafts to buy the kids a wonderful Christmas.

This year I just needed to have that feeling again of "artist" exuberance when someone buys a piece that I've made and takes a part of "me" home with them.

The first show didn't go so good.  There was construction and geez  did it ever hinder people from coming to the school.  I signed up for next year again, just because I never pooh a show after one time unless I know for sure it will continue to be a bad show.  This is usually a good show, so I'm giving it another chance.

Tomorrow is the second one for the year.  It's about an hour and a half away so I got a hotel for the night because they don't have Friday night set up.  I'll have to get up way to early for my nature to get everything ready and I don't want all that driving time so early in the morning.  It is usually a good show for crafters.  NO VENDORS allowed.  That is a good sign!!

Next weekend is my third and last show of the year.  It's always been a good show.  I did it many, many years ago.  Let's see if I still feel the same next Sunday when everything is over and done.

Now my rant:  I'm a member of some crafting groups online.  I absolutely HATE when someone asks, "I just signed up for my first craft show....what is selling?"  Honey, if you don't already have a craft you should never have signed up for a craft show.  Second...if it is selling for me...why would I tell you?  Craft shows are friendly, but not when you ask how something is done, or say "I can make that myself".  It's RUDE!!  So maybe you can...will you?  But it's a dog eat dog world and I'm not going to answer any of those stupid questions.

Yes, the store is still keeping me busy.  No I haven't let craft shows take over my love for my business.  Jeffrey worries when I get a new idea, that I will let the store falter.  Nope, just doing this for fun and some fun money.

I continue to ask everyone to shop small and support small business.
Til next time,