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Monday, December 15, 2008

Phew Craft Fair!

It was a very very nerve racking day! I spent the two days before preparing everything. Making and organizing my table was much harder then I thought. I had to find something flat and made of metal so my magnets could stick to it. I was pretty set on not spending or spending very little on making my display. I come from a family of pack rats so I had a lot of leftover cardboard boxes and odds and ends. I got the metal lid of a large cookie box taped a large logo over it and ta-da it was my magnet display!
For the ground floor I used two long boxes that made the perfect little shelf for my little origami. I just spread out and displayed my other flat items.
I've heard it was good to have several "tiers" so people can look. I made this nifty hanger for my ornament out of cardboard and pushpins. It didn't turn out half bad. After preparing everything I set off with my boyfriend in tow. Teeheehee.

I got there around 9am and set up along with many others. There were about twenty vendors and the area was a long hallway. It was fairly roomy and I was way too shy to really talk to anyone which I now regret since they all had wonderful items!
I meet naokosstoop there. I did not even know she had an etsy store until she convoed me this morning. She is absolutely very polite Japanese girl and so very nice! She has these fantastic whimsical prints that sold like hot cakes. I can see why. She was right across from me so I got to see her pretty booth all day. It was very simple and her charming smile was so very cute. =D

Being the extremely extremely shy person I met other etsy people but didn't get their names I know there was a wonderful jewelry maker from the NEWNEW Team. Ah ha. I found her! Alicia from LinguaNigra. She makes these fantastic jewelry out of this metal that has all the sass but none of the weight since they are so light. She was also extremely nice and friendly unlike me.. doh... lolol!

It was very fun and I made 3x my table fee which I'm extremely happy about! It's a small step but hey I had so much fun. I met a lot of people and many people who looked at my origami said they were so cute and laughed at some of their silly expressions. I liked it when they pointed at one and said it reminded them of some one. I plum sold out of my magnets and half of my little dolls. I noticed most people looked at what was on my table not on my stand. I wondered what was up with that. I'm happy nevertheless. Next time.. yes there will be a next time... I will work on those social skills.

Until next time... you don't know until you try...

(I'm glad I did!)


Kathy said...

I'm so happy for you and for your success! Good for you. the more you do it the easier it will be to talk to people. Woo hoo way to go!!!

Uneekdolldesigns said...

Congrats! And it is fun to talk to people, you will do great in the times to come!!! :)

Rosebud Collection said...

So happy for you and your success..
Even though you were shy, look what you accomplished..Every step you take will help you overcome that..
What beautiful things they had..your work is just wonderful. I was thinking of a cookie sheet for magnets..maybe that would have been too big..something like that. You did good with a cover from a tin..
Anyway, Congratulations!

Lindsey said...

Wow, way to go! I also fall into the "extremely extremely shy person" category so I understand how nervous you would be, I know I would. It's part of the reason I haven't done a craft show yet. Congrats on the success!

Morrgan said...

Yay, I'm glad it was a success! I love that tin lid idea, very clever. I'm sure the shyness will fade away too as you do more of these. :) (I used to be a truly extremely shy person... Now I'm down to just shy, haha. ;)

Malissa said...

I used to be extremely shy, but it kind of got forced out of me. I think you did great, and next time it will be easier to talk to people!

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sMacThoughts said...

A craft show in my neighborhood and I never even knew about it?? Sheesh! Congratulations for being a part of it, and wow, your results are fantabulous. Sounds like chances are good for getting more practice for the social aspect of it!! :)