I'm happy to say that Mr. Sequin and I more than made back our entry fee. He sold some of his recycled silverware pieces, including my favorite spoon pendant. I sold some (pink!) Barbie shoe earrings, a few miniature notebooks I'd made out of hula hoop take and playing cards, and some sequin earrings, and I also said good-bye to a few of my favorite pieces.
I sold the thinner version of this sequin cuff. In fact, it was the first piece I sold... and I sold it before the show technically started. A very nice lady came in early and fell in love with it -- and away it went!
The darling little button ring found a home with a lovely woman. It fit her like it was meant for her! It's easier to let go of things I make when they go to people who love them as much as I do.
The Best Part of the Show...
The best part of the show, though, wasn't financial -- it was social. As I mentioned in my birthday post, two of my favorite people showed up, one of whom had a birthday present for me. Around this time, two of my other favorite people showed up, and I finally got to make introductions.
I also made new friends. What are the odds of every single vendor in the show being completely awesome? I'm not sure, but it doesn't matter... because they were. I wanted to adopt them all into the Sequins family, including an adorable jewelry arts student, a writer who makes awesome bags and shares my love for Thai food, and Sheila of Cheeky Magpie, who was delightful and bubbly and made any slow periods pass quickly.
What Didn't Sell...
There were things that didn't sell. I got some compliments on my hand-painted scarves, and people had a lot of questions about the techniques I used, but both scarves went home with me at the end of the show.
Including this one, my favorite so far. Made with techniques from Cyndi Lavin's beading ebook, and also my own medicine dropper technique.
Some of the safety pin earrings sold, but I have tons left over. This pair might make its way into my personal collection -- especially since I figured out how to clamp the pins with my flat-nose pliers so they can't open up again!
I still have some Barbie shoe jewelry left. People loved the Barbie pumps, but this kind wasn't quite as popular:So cute! So pink. I also have a white pair and a Barbie shoe bracelet.
What I Learned.
I learned some interesting things that I hope to carry over into the next craft show.
- It's about the friendships and connections as much as the income.
- It's easier to let go of pieces when I see how much customers love them.
- I should list the prices up front instead of having a behind-the-counter price list.
- Earrings and necklaces tend to sell more than bracelets -- possibly the size thing?
- I should bring a project to work on so I don't stare at customers (thanks, Vanessa!).
- A practice run of setting up my table at home is a smart idea (thanks, Mr. Sequin!).
- New to doing shows? Having a show partner helps so much (thanks again, Mr. S!)
- I should resist the temptation to run off and spend my money when the show is done. Oh, four pounds of rainbow fabric... whatever am I going to do with you?
Your turn: What are some things you've learned from selling your work? Thanks for reading, thanks for commenting, and have a sequintastic day!
PS: Also, check out this great blog post from Michelle Mach on how to find craft show!