Saturday, April 30, 2011

This is what a craft show is like??

So we [My hubby and I] embarked into our first ever craft show on April 16th - The Spring Into Handmade Youtique Event! Excited...yes...nervous..yea...stressed..HELL YES... I had no idea what in the world we were getting ourselves into. I've got my hubby sucked into going to craft show back in our days of dating, so getting him to attend this event was shall I say -- no big deal. I'm so lucky, right?

Lucky enough to have him rub my temples as I stressed out over not having enough inventory, being unprepared and well un-knowledgeable. Yes I think I was pretty lucky to have him on board.

The couple days before the craft show I started to gather my inventory, price it out with tags, and decide what else I wanted to craft up to bring with me. We are in the middle of a major transformation so I wanted to bring some of the new items that we will be releasing this summer to see how well they sell and how many eyeballs roll over them amongst all the other beautiful jewelry I have.

Then the night before the show, I was a wreck seriously I had no idea what I had gotten myself into. I just had no idea if I had enough inventory. I knew it was going to be a small show but I've been reading all the boards and they say to always come prepared with lots and lots of inventory! So I frantically made more necklaces, bracelets and earrings.

We did not go to bed until everything I was bringing was packed into the car and my mind was a bit at ease.. that was at 1:30 a.m. - so did I sleep well that night, I did.. we got up at 7 a.m. and were out there door by 8:15 a.m.

We get there just before 9 a.m. and begin the daunting task of trying to recreate what I had put together the past couple of days - I was smart and did a trial display to see where I wanted everything to be placed so I wouldn't freak out when I got there. It's a good tip and I highly suggest it to everyone else.

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VIOLA



I got my big displays at Marshalls and Homegoods - A store I once worked at for many years and then the rest of my goodies came from Hobby Lobby! It's still a work in progress and there is many things that I would do differently but for my first time, I think I did pretty good. I got lots of compliments from my fellow crafty friends and that made me feel much better - love getting advice from others in the field.



And I could not have done the show without my wonderful husband!! I had to snag a picture of the handsome man behind the booth!!



So what I learned from this experience is definitely start out small, which I did and will continue to until I master the art of craft shows, don't wait till the last minute to prep - start prepping the moment you get your acceptance letter, and just have fun, don't worry so much there is no time to worry when your doing a craft show just sit back, take the compliments of the shoppers and make friends with your booth mates next to you!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Grab Bag Giveaway

It's sunny, it's Friday and it's about time that I listed this Grab Bag Giveaway for hitting my 330 mark. We are so close to 350 that I am going to combine this giveaway and giveaway TWO of these grab bags! That's right, TWO! Woo-hoo, Happy Friday to you!




In the grab bag, you will receive one flower pin/clip that you can clip into your hair, a necklace, whatever your heart desires, a pair of petite rose bud earrings, a pair of hair clips and a fun little necklace. The grab bag pictured is just an example of what you may get colors may differ.

To enter the free giveaway, all you have to do is fill out the giveaway form below.