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George Bernard Shaw

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

My First Craft Show

I can't believe it's all over!! A (very short) month of preparation has come and gone and culminated at the Milford Craft Show this past Saturday. Running on approximately 4 hours of sleep, Brian and I managed to sell about 30 cards and not kill one another after spending over 8 hours in an 8 ft. by 5 ft. space. 

Here's me at my booth! Isn't all the color coordination fun? :)
I spent SO MUCH TIME planning how I wanted to lay out my booth and display all the different things I had to sell. And I think I'm really happy with how it all came together. If I had had just a couple more feet it might have been a little better. I'm thinking of getting an 11' x 5' space next year and upgrading a couple feet. We'll see. :) My other ploy with getting a larger size booth is that by default I'll have to move to another location (I'm hoping for one closer to the main entrances!! We were buried at the very back of the school). 

The most handsome and supportive husband ever!!
I still have issues with really putting myself out there and supporting the business. I always feel really awkward. And I'm not a shy person! So it's kind of weird. But Brian did a great job of encouraging people to take a business card and telling them about my blog, etc. Thank goodness for him! (I was put on notice, however, that in the future he will happily help me set up and tear down for every single craft show I do...but sitting there for 8 hours is a little out of his realm of supportiveness in the future hahah).

Here's some more of my setup: 

One of my most brilliant ideas for sure: taking all my craft supplies off this thing and hanging up all my kid quote cards in rainbow order! (each color is generally a different quote) It spins and was so much fun. 

This card spinning rack to hold my Christmas and holiday cards was wonderful. I am so glad I paid ridiculous shipping to get it in time! Made me feel professional. :)

One of Brian's more "artistic" shots with my sign blurred in the background. The payment sign was the topper for my Christmas tree (who's ornaments were appropriately color-coordinated with my booth of course). 
And finally, I got a custom order at the show! My customer liked a Bible verse I had framed, but wanted it in a different color scheme to give as a gift. Here's the final product. I really love it!
The parameters were: sky blue, grey and crimson. That's it! Love that kind of creative freedom. 
To all the family and friends who came to support me--THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. Your happy, smiling, enthusiastic, supportive faces are literally what kept me going all day. When you're around booths that are selling like crazy (even to other vendors before the craft show officially started!!) things can get very discouraging to say the least. And without you all I honestly wouldn't have sold anything! (Hah! You think I'm joking but I'm not!!). You all are truly supportive of all my ideas (no matter how crazy) and I really appreciate you all. 

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