Well, my very first craft fair is over and done with, and I made it through alive!
All of the tables were set up in or near the cafeteria, including along the hallway on the way to the serving area. There were at least 20 or so vendors there, and some had already set up when I started unpacking at 9AM. Two of my fellow designers were selling, as well as some other fellow employees, but there were also “outsiders” as well, though mostly friends of company employees.
As I started unpacking my boxes, I realized that I had completely forgotten some of stuff at home, having moved things around last night. I forgot to double-check before I left, so I was without my mini envelope/card enclosure sets, freshly-printed business cards, and craft group fliers. After a momentary freak-out, I just got back to setting up, figuring I’d manage without these things.
In terms of my neighbors, there was a doggie treats business/pet-sitting service on my left and on my right was Cheryl, co-owner of Where’s Romeo, with a line of hand-stamped jewelry. Across from us was one of the designers in my group with her photo prints and a friend’s jewelry, as well as Jenna Mammina, a local jazz singer selling her various albums.
Overall, there weren’t really that many people that came by to look, though there were plenty of people coming down for lunch during the middle of it. Maybe 30-40 people came by and asked questions about what I had spread out, and a few did buy some items from me. I think all of my items were sold to designers I know, and I definitely appreciate their support. It was nice knowing that other people do appreciate the things I make, though I doubt I’ll ever try to make this a full-time business.
I did enjoy the whole event though, and I’m glad I signed up, even if I only made enough to have a really nice dinner. The best part was talking to other sellers, and it was nice to interact with the people who did stop by to take a closer look. A bit draining, combined with not having time for a proper lunch, but still fun. I don’t know if I’d do it again, but if the right opportunity came up, I might.
For now though, I need to figure out what to do with all the leftovers! I have way more cards than I can use myself, so I guess I’ll be spending a bit of time updating my my Etsy store soon. Stay tuned for updates!