On Saturday, I participated in my third craft show, setting up a table of Studio 791 creations at the Tinicum Township Fire Company's Red Hot Flea Market, held right in the firehouse.
collaged vintage cabinet cards!
The fire fighters had moved their trucks out into the parking lot, and we moved our tables in. I paid for an "indoor" spot, but what that really meant was "covered." Both sides of the firehouse were fully opened, so we were still at the mercy of the wind.
At my last show, I had the delightful experience of a young boy who absolutely loved the things I was selling. He came by with his mother multiple times, his eyes scanning the table, literally "oohing" and "ahhing" over the things he wanted. She gave him $10 to spend, as I recall, and we worked together to get him the most for his money. It made my day!
This time, it was a little girl who seemed smitten by all things paper. Her mother described her as "the artsy craftsy one," and she looked over everything on the table with a careful eye. As she looked at one my binder ring notebooks (a little notebook made of half-size index cards, held together with binder rings), I started giving suggestions for what it could be used for and said, "You could jot down craft ideas..." "Mom," she said, "it's PERFECT for craft ideas!" She was just such a doll. She marveled at the airmail envelope notebooks: "You made this from an ENVELOPE?!" So I showed her how I put it together. I love that she might get some ideas for her own crafting and get excited about working with paper. Look at me, after all: it could end up being a life-long love for her!
I have three more shows this season, and I am hoping for greater success, obviously. But having such a dreary result on Saturday just might be the kick in the you-know-what that I need to get an Etsy shop up and running. FINALLY. It was one of my New Year's Resolutions, after all! What better way to find an audience who understands and appreciates what you are creating than an environment in which they can search specifically for just those things?
With that in mind, I have some research to do, and I welcome any and all feedback and suggestions related to getting an online shop underway!
And to those of you who have supported me with purchases (thank you, Sue and Cindy!!), encouragement, and comfort in the wake of Saturday: THANK YOU!