Tweet So it finally happened. I had a big letdown of a craft show experience. Intellectually, I knew it would happen at some point, but it still stunk. I didn’t even get to play with my dongle, for heaven’s sake!
Let me preface this by saying the show itself was run BEAUTIFULLY. It was organized so well – the band kids helped unload my stuff, they had free coffee and bagels, the tables and chairs were all set up when I got there. They even delivered lunch to my booth! Sadly, this does not translate to people fighting each other to buy Crayon Aprons and Necktie Bibs.
I got there at 7:30-ish (the show started at 9) and set up my table. It was kind of a challenge to fit everything onto 10 feet of table space, so I put out one of each design and kept extra stock under the table. Here’s my first indoor setup:
My husband had the awesome idea of making the clothesline. It’s just two blocks of wood clamped to the table – he drilled holes in each to hold the dowels, then cut a slit in the top of each dowel to hold the clothesline. I think it adds lots of height and makes my table stand out. I had to ransack my house to find display props. That’s the stand I usually keep my produce on with the burp cloths on it, and the white boxes are usually scrap fabric storage.
I had a couple people come by right away and buy a few things (all with twenties, I might add – I had my sister bring me extra change, thinking the day would go on that way). Then nothing. Nada. A couple browsers, mostly of the “Oh, I sew! I can make all of this!” type. I sat there for six hours, staring at the bejeweled Colts gear across the hall from me, making small talk with the very nice cupcake lady next to me.
I think this show just wasn’t the right one for me. There were a LOT of old-school crafts like crochet doilies and glittery plastic Christmas decorations. There was also a lot of food-mix stuff and baked goods. There's nothing wrong with any of those things, but I guess the people that shop at those booths don't necessarily shop at mine.
So after subtracting my booth fee, my hotdog lunch, and the cute earrings I bought from the girl next to me, I made a whopping $27. I shut down my Etsy shop during shows, so had I kept that open I probably would have made that much anyway. Oh, well. It’s a learning process, right?
Anybody else had a bummer of a show before? I can’t wait for the Handmade Promenade show in a few weeks so I can go back to feeling happy about shows. I just know it’s gonna be a good one!