If you recall, on Friday I published my goal setting post in which I outlined what I wanted to achieve as a vendor. After I published the post, many hours after I published my post, I decided to google the Candy Cane Lane Craft Fair. Before setting goals, it is usually wise to research your show. I learned last night that Candy Cane Lane is a small show. The fact that I did not see it advertised in any local papers should have been a tip. Then, I saw online that it was described as small. I started to wonder, hmmm, will I actually sell thirty pillows. When I arrived to set up, my neighbor said to me, "I heard this is a very slow show. At least I have my iphone to keep me busy." Hmmm... at least I have my "Paris Wife" book to keep me busy. But, I was not going to let that squash me. I was PUMPED!!!!
|Entrance to the Community Center!|
Setting up was fun and exciting. I had mocked up my display in my basement and then labeled bags of pillows according to display or extras. I had to get on the floor a bit, do a little rearranging, but voila, a display was born! No hiccups at all. My only challenge was keeping Mimi's and Violet's sweet little hands out of the Hershey Kisses!
|Kevin, you are annoying me!|
|We are ready to sell some pillows!|
|View from my table!|
|My "desk" as Mimi called it. Yes, I need a calculator|
The clock strikes 10:00 a.m. and I realize people don't have the same excitement for this craft show as they do for Walmart Black Friday sales. No one was pepper sprayed or maimed trying to get to my pillows. It was more like a slow trickle. I was feeling a little lonely. But, I guess social media works a bit because eventually, friends and family made their way to the show to check out 715 Pillows! My in-laws, some really good friends (I was wonderfully surprised to see a friend who does not even live near Berkley,) and some neighbors. I got caught up on some local gossip, had more than a few laughs, and yes (!), I sold a few pillows. I sold four 16 x 16 pillows and 8 tooth fairy pillows. I got one new "like" on Facebook and some positive feedback for customers. One woman told me I was an excellent seamstress and had "the sewing gene." I had to fess up and tell her I was a beginner and she was a little shocked and told me I definitely have "the sewing gene." That made me smile, real big! I got a lot of questions about the name of my "company." Many people thought 715 was my address. Nope! I kept telling people, it was the day I got laid off and started my new job -- sewing. Need a refresher, check out "The Anti-Crafter Crafts?" Then there were the folks who would stand right in front of me and not respond when I smiled and said, hello. You know how at Jimmy John's smells are free. Well, at 715 Pillows smiles are free. Reciprocate people. Would it kill you to smile??? That is my only complaint. There it is out there and now I am done complaining.
|My little helpers popped in and out throughout the day.|
|My beloved car, "Red", and many beloved pillows heading home!|
- Sell pillow covers and sell some inserts for those who want them.
- Don't buy so many Hersey Kisses. (I think I now need to make some of those cookies with the kisses in the middle.)
- Do more research on the actually show, demographics, etc.
- Make sure I have an awesome variety of tooth fairy pillows, and look into making other types of kids' pillows.
Overall, it was fun! I saw some really nice people that I already knew. I met some really nice strangers, like Scrappy Sue who makes really nice flower pins. There are more pillows, more designs, more buyers, and more fun to be had. Plus, I have 44 fans on Facebook and I need to get to 715 (just click here), right? Right! Thanks to all of you who have believe it me.