Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Craft Show Experiece part 2

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Let's recap. Day 1 of this supposed juried craft show sucked. Okay. Recap done.

Day 2. Okay so I wake up in the hooker motel hoping that this is going to be a better day. The sun is shining, and it's warm. We don't get lost going to the show so that's a good sign.

I decided to try a different setup this time around. Try to draw a little more of the crowd in my direction as I have been firmly planted between three trees and going downhill. I get setup in less than a half an hour and am pleased with the way it looks.

It is now noon and the sun is beating down on us. The crowds are starting to roll in. With in a few minutes, I have my first sale. A little sale but a sale nonetheless. My setup seems to be working. I am receiving more visitors than I did yesterday. After a couple of hours of no sales and ten pounds lost through sweat, I decided to walk a little to see what the crowds looked like.

People were only going down half the aisle. They were going into the booths that were in the shade and ignoring the others. Crap! I also noticed that no matter how many booths they went into they just were not buying. I knew then it was going to be another horrendous day.

The one bright side on the day is I got to see country music singer Mark Chesnutt in concert. He is excellent in concert and very funny. I spent the last two hours of my crappy show at his concert. I was also brave enough to go up to him and give him goodie bags, that I had leftover, for him and his band just to say thank you for making my day a little bit brighter.

Is the lack of buying a sign of the times? Are we indie businesses going to go into a downward spiral if we don't all ready have a great customer base? or could this just be a very bad year for me? I think these are questions that a lot of us are asking ourselves and only time will tell. I'm all ready looking ahead to my next show and strategizing how to advertise my etsy shop. It is the only way I will keep sane. Posted by Picasa


ktgarvai said...

I am sorry to hear that the craft show did not go very well. We live in a strange world. I call it the cookie cutter world. Everyone is made from the same mold, with the same likes, dislikes, and beliefs. It seems that as we get into a more streamlined and material world. People don't want individuality, they want what everyone else has. But I do believe that as everyone gets sick and tired of their cookie cutter lives they will come back to creative and unique endeavors. Lets not give up on the creative process.

Louis Nizer
A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist.

It is a powerful thing to be an artist! Cheer Up!