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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

We went to our very 1st craft fair over the weekend.  We were here in our home town, Island Lake, Illinois.  I was so incredibly excited that I couldn't sleep, kind of like a kid at christmas!  We arrived on time and got second pick of our little 10' x 10' patch of grass! Our canopy went up so quick with the help of my awesome hubby, who was equally as excited as I was! With high expectations we started our display and were set up ready to go!

The morning hours were beautiful and sunny, couldn't have asked for a better day.  People visiting the fair were happy and enthusiastic, with their smiling faces.  For a small, cozy town our sales were better than I thought they would be, so that is always a plus.  We passed out cards, buttons, magnets, and coupons to our visitors.  I truly felt like this was what I am meant to do with my life, to get out there meet people, make friends, and show my creativity.  

My Mom, Linda also displayed her many talents.  All her wonderful crocheted blankets/afghans, knitted hats and scarves, and her little goodies like key chains, pins, and necklaces.  However being a beautiful spring day, none of her blankets or hats sold. *Insert sad face here* Everyone was in the mood for spring and trying to forget the cold winter we had.  I really believe that the bigger venues will be better for her and her goodies.

On a less positive note, I found some of the other exhibitors/crafters to be rude and selfish. My mother and I are usually very happy, positive people (we do have our bad days, like most people do) However we were talking about how this is our 1st craft fair with the coordinator and the crafter one canopy over pays us a visit.  At first I was thinking how wonderful she's coming to show us some support.  Nope, I was wrong.  She put her hands behind her bad, raised her nose in the air and looked down at our booth.  Turned to me and said "I heard this is your 1st craft fair, you won't do well here." What! Really? She then asked if we had planned any other fairs this summer and of course I said "yes we are going to another one in June"  Secretly hoping that she didn't mean what she said and I just heard it wrong.  Nope again "Well maybe if that one is bigger you might sell more there, but probably won't do well there either, but good luck"  Holy cow! Really?  I didn't know what to say and just let her walk away. Maybe I was under the impression that other crafters are nice and sweet, a lot like my twitter friends and facebook followers. Who wish you luck and get excited for you when you do well and support you when your down.

Has anyone else experienced something like this?  Please share your stories with me.  Is there always one bad apple? Or just a mean lady who likes to put people down?

2 comments:

CreatedandFelted said...

I sincerely hope that this was just one bad apple! I have been selling at craft shows for nearly 2 years now and wihtout exception have had incredible support and encouragment from other stall holders.
i would put her mean and unhelpful comments out of your mind and head for your next show with the same optomism. I'm sure you will find you meet much kinder folk.
Do go and say hi to the other stall holders, and don't be afraid to ask about shows, stand set up etc, networking is really important to us all.
good luck, and keep smiling

1 cup Cotton said...

Thank you so very much for your kind words of wisdom :) I have another show in a week and a half and so far everyone I've worked with has be extremely lovely.