Sometimes when you are a maker who sells at retail shows, things go wrong. The crowds are small, you are assigned a lousy spot...all kinds of things are out of your hands and as you pack up your car to head out you silently hope IT WILL ALL BE OK!
In my many years making things, I have participated in over 50 shows. Last year I decided I was DONE. And then I did another show, then another one. In September I sold at a show, my sales were ok but I decided that was enough. I threw away sales books, clipboards, old picture frames, my cigar box/cash box and I threw out my apron! That was a big deal!
Then, on a whim a few weeks later I applied for BUST Magazine's Holiday Craftacular, their first show in Boston at the Cyclorama and in October I found out I was accepted!
Soooo...fast forward to this past week where I have been making as many items as possible, packing them up, finding a new cash box, scavenging the house for a tablecloth (it had stains from our wedding, ugh!) and packing it all up in the car, silently hoping it will all be ok.
The secret ingredient I realized I had been missing in all my years doing shows, was my husband, who is magical, amazing and made this show better than any show ever, EVER!
We arrived at the Cyclorama 15 minutes early and they let me set up. Everything seemed to come together perfectly. I had a great space, my neighbors were awesome and the best thing of all, the attendees at BUST were so happy to be there! Really, everyone I greeted was happy and excited to be there, albeit a little shell-shocked from looking at all the crafty goodness. Some customers said they had looked me up online and made a beeline straight for my space just in case I ran out of something they wanted. Lots of people said they had seen my work at Crompton Collective, which was awesome!
Another amazing thing that happened was Etsy released their credit card reader/seller app just before the holiday season, which made things SO MUCH easier for this show!
PLUS, the reader came in this cute little holder so hopefully I wont just toss it in the big box at the end of a show!
Overall it was a great show, a fun day with the hubby who was amazing to have there and I enjoyed meeting all the wonderful attendees!
Back at home, I was totally wiped out Monday (cue headache). I have a couple orders Im working on and then wanted to get some larger terrariums completed for this Saturday where I will be selling my items at Crompton Collective's Small Business Saturday event along with their weekly indoor farmers' market.
The kitties are doing ok - Max seems to be tolerating the kitten more every day but we are no closer to finding her a name. Maggie, maybe? Ethan is satisfied calling her Kitten forever.
Last night I received a fun surprise - a few months ago I was talking to Amy, the owner of Crompton Collective, asking if she had any events upcoming that maybe needed some table decorating, along the lines of some stained glass feathers as a centerpiece? I had an idea in my head of some images I wanted of my work but didnt really have a reason to do it, unless Amy had a group that could use some decorating. She had booked a pop-up dinner with a new restaurant, Chickpea in Worcester and Amy arranged to decorate herself, so this was a perfect opportunity. Flash forward a few months, I set up my feathers in the White Room, helped set the table and took a couple mediocre pictures (thankfully Amy had Joe Gonzales-Dufresne of JGD Design & Photography come and take some REAL pictures). Joe's pictures turned out to be exactly what I envisioned so I am super thankful he was there! I added a pic to my website and was happy about the outcome. The dinner was a success I heard :)
Flash forward AGAIN to last night when I happened to see a pic of the dinner on facebook in a few different places, linking an article on Country Living Magazine's website. Whoah, WHAT?!
They posted a little story about how simple and easy it is to set a table with mismatched chairs and some hanging ornaments, lol. Of course everyone can guess it took about 4 hours and lots of cleaning up but either way, WOW! Very exciting for everyone involved about the surprise press :)
Read the Country Living article here and their facebook pic here.