Friday, February 1, 2013

My First Craft Table-2012 Resolution Complete

When you don't know what to do...finish all the blog posts in your drafts.
This one was started the second week of December 2012.

Last year I swore 2012 would be the year I finally offered my jewelry for sale.  I set an original goal of August, but this summer was a real kick in the teeth.  Despite everything I completed my goal on December 1, 2012 on KAB at the Tinsel Town Event.
I embellished plain white bags with a stamp and an address label.
I designed and printed business cards and tried the slinky tip I saw on both a fb group and pinterst.
Nobody wanted to mess it up.  I'm the only one who pulled from the coils.
I did a practice set up in my kitchen table.
I made 2 little signs.
I actually went.  Yes, I thought about backing out a lot.
I brought along two very handsome helpers.
I brought a mirror.
Yep, this makes 2 of my son's 
photos that have made it into this post.
I had beadwork, resin, stringing & polymer clay.
Yeah, always trying new things.
There was soldering and sea urchins too!
and even something for the kids.
These are the only things that actually sold out.
 We were right behind photos with Santa.  
See the little red house?
Here come his helpers.
Have you noticed it's been raining the whole time?
But nothing stops a visit to Santa.

At this point the rain really started to pour down so my clever husband made a rain shield with the other plastic table cover and a sheet.
but it was too short to cover the entire back of the tent so this was his solution.
It kept us warm and dry so it was perfect.  Though it was time to put up the camera for safe keeping.

Many (almost all) other vendors didn't make it through the first hour with displays falling over and blowing down the row.  You could hear glass breaking, gasping, and tape pulling.  With hubby's clever wind block and me opting not to put the long skirt on the table we did surprisingly well in the stuff not blowing over department.

Plus I made back the money I spent to be there 3 times over.
 I also realized I've made way way too much stuff I never planned on using myself.

After the booths were to close Tracy Adkins performed as a holiday treat.  We stayed till we couldn't take the cold and wet of our clothes anymore.

All and all a success in my book.
  I'm set for round two later this month at Market Day hosted by the local community center.
This time I'll be inside!


  1. Atta girl~ Keep up the good work!!
    It gets easier each time you do it. I have signed up for 4 craft shows this spring. I just recently got some new table cloths and display items. I'm going for a nature/spa look. We'll see how that goes.
    I feel compelled to get out there and sell some stuff.
    [OK, Really, I want a Swanstrom disk cutter and they are $250 LOL] :-D

  2. Congrats!! I want to do a booth like this at some point. . .maybe. So, right now you're a braver soul than me. I hate that the weather didn't cooperate, but your booth was adorable. I'm glad your pieces were saved with some ingenious help from the hubby.
    It sounds like a success overall. Way to go!!

  3. Wow, you certainly conquered the elements and super congratulations on doing so well. I am loving the sea urchins and can see why they sold out.

  4. good luck with the fairs I love doing them you meet great people! Stopping by all the blogs taking part in the beadsoup cant wait to see what you make!

  5. I've done similar shows before, but never with jewelry. There is definitely a learning curve, but it sounds like you are on your way! You have beautiful things!

  6. Congrats! I never had the courage to do such a show, that is so cool. And thanks for stopping by and not forget about me in the last silent month. Means a lot!


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