*UPDATE* I just want to make sure everyone that helped make this happen and that went to this event knows I am not unhappy. I didn’t have an expectation to sell anything, the crowd at the event is notoriously broke. 🙂 Gotta by some gaming books and they are already paying to be at the convention. Sure, if I’d sold all of the work I sent, I’d probably be more jazzed, but it was still not bad.
My work has come back into my possession after it’s vacation to it’s first craft table event. Huzzah! I am very thankful to the people that helped make that happen.
Will I ever do that again? No.
I’ll sit at a table and sell my work at an event, yes. Will I send my work off without me? No.
I was pretty nervous the whole time, wondering if the display would need tweaking, if things would get lost, whatever. Nothing was lost, but a few things need re-gluing after the trip. I am sure if I had been there somethings would STILL need re-gluing, but I’d have been the one to have damaged them.
I did sell one item! Huzzah! I didn’t have an expectation to sell anything, the crowd at the event is notoriously broke. 🙂 Gotta by some gaming books and they are already paying to be at the convention.
It was a great learning experience. I know what makes for a janky, unattractive, flimsy display. I know I don’t like letting my work go (though I’d be okay if a gallery wanted to hang on to it for a bit…. *wink*). I know I need to work on my pricing so every venue can be consistent. It’s no fun for someone to buy my work at an event that I had to raise my prices for (because of commission or entry fees) and then see my similar work in my Etsy shop for cheaper.
The good news is, I have a ton of new work I made for this event that I’ll now be listing in my Etsy shop, as well as reactivating the work I took out for it. So my shop will be nice and fat with goodies soon.
This image ISN’T off my table, but I want a nice blue (or red!) awning for future serious craft tabling. The article I found this photo in has some good info about being a successful seller at a flea market that can translate well to craft fairs.