Before my Etsy shop got going, I did craft shows. There was really only one season of craft showing. After that, Christmas orders started coming in, and then after Christmas was when I moved into my van and went to Florida. I had fully intended to do shows there, but it never worked out. My stock was so limited then, it wouldn’t have really been worth it anyway.
I did one craft show the summer after I got back from Florida, and it was a super hot day. I barely made my spot back. Since then I’ve only done one show, the Western Pennsylvania La Leche League Conference. And I’ll be there again this year, since I sold a lot of toys there.
But I was thinking about getting back into doing shows regularly again. My thoughts on the matter go like this:
Maybe I should start doing shows again. You can make a lot of money in one day at a good show. Plus it would be a nice change of pace. I could meet new people, get ideas, get out of the house…Yeah, right, a nice change of pace, because sitting out in the hot sun with a little kid getting more and more bored and crabby and impatient is NICE. Because rushing out the door early in the morning and setting up all my stuff BY MYSELF is NICE. …but Caleb is getting older now, all I have to do is bring some legos, and he’ll be set for the day (although that may not be a good product endorsement). Maybe he could even help me set up. HA! And you can spend all day at a place and barely make the 100 bucks that you had to put up to get a spot in an all handmade show (the only ones worth showing up at).
There was a reason, several of them, why I decided to stop doing shows, but there were a few shows that I really cleaned up at. It’s hard to resist the pull of making that much money in one day in the middle of the summer or early fall.
Plus shows are fun, despite dealing with a bored kid. It’s nice to meet new people, and get instant feedback from people. And to see the surprised looks on people’s faces that I make these all MYSELF (as a woman). Plus it’s sort of fun to set up a booth and be a salesman/woman.
So if you live in Pittsburgh, you may see me sometime at a show trying to make sales and entertain a cranky child. We’ll see. 🙂
Lunch-Vegetable Soup and a piece of baguette from Panera, and some strawberries and dates at home
Dinner-salad with fruit and green smoothie
Snack-biscuit with jelly
Workout-ran outside for more than 30 minutes
Work Done-Cut and dremeled 20 airplane teethers, sanded and finished 10 of them