|Results of the Craft Show
||[Aug. 15th, 2009|09:18 pm]
Kelly J. Cooper
Friday was kind of hellish. I slept really poorly & found myself on the bad end of "difficult to wake up" spectrum. Fortunately, the client I needed to meet ran late as well, so we arrived at roughly the same time, although I looked pretty drag-ass. (Made worse by not having time to grab even the briefest of showers.)
I stopped by MYP to chat & fortuitously found myself in the presence of someone whose help I need on a project, so we did a little coordination there.
Then I dragged back home & did a bunch of editing. THEN I went over to muffyjo's to get some crafting done. I made a few necklaces (and took pictures - I'll get them here soonish).
Back home again around 1am, I did MORE editing, finally got my shower (well, just a rinse-off, but man was it nice), and crashed for a couple hours before getting up today (Saturday) before 9am. Ouch.
I got up, took a real shower, loaded the BF's truck with one o'them DAMNED HEAVY six foot folding tables, table cloth, 2 folding chairs, cushions for the chairs, my pack, a paper bag full of STUFF I MIGHT NEED plus CRAFTS I'd previously made, and my gigantic black duffel bag of nearly ALL my beading supplies.
I successfully drove to Arlington in spite of several assassination attempts by Cambridge drivers and pedestrians, picked up muffyjo, loaded her stuff into the truck, drove to The Armory and UNLOADED IT ALL. Jeez.
Jo snagged the spot right next to the door, where people regularly mistook us for PEOPLE IN THE KNOW. We set up & I was so distracted that I didn't notice the first band. Jo made us an awesome posterboard thinger with each of our business names on it.
Things were quiet sales-wise but VERY LOUD band-wise, as a series of teenage bands took the stage and YELLED A LOT. A couple were even talented. Jo sold some potholders and sewed some more, fixing bits and bobs on some, adding eyes to others. She added eyebrows to one that were absolutely perfect. I made more necklaces (and, at Jo's suggestion, an anklet, which she promptly bought).
I don't know if it was because she was bored or I was whiny (or both) but Jo wandered around showing off her anklet to people and scored me a handful of customers. Plus the ever-delightful gem225 stopped by and bopped me on the head (rightfully so!) for not telling her that I have a chapbook of my poetry available. Then she bought one.
By the end of the night (the event closed with an AWESOME Beatles cover band called BeatleTracks, http://www.beatletracksband.com/) all the other vendors had bailed and I was still furiously working on the commissions. AND I'd made $67! Some of that is down payment money, so I have another $40+ coming in the next few days, once I finish some commissions I started on-site. (People got all excited about my bead box and picked stuff they wanted on their necklaces - and Jo is the BOMB DIGGEDY because while I was working with one guy, she managed to get two other ladies involved in designing their own jewelry, working from my stash.)
Not bad at all for my first craft show! I made back my $15 investment (my part of the participation cost for vendors) and had around six hours of actually getting crafty work done. (I made a necklace, two anklets, a bracelet, and another necklace that the guy wants me to redo since he saw the design for my other customer's necklace.)
I might be able to pay another bill! Hallelujah!
Now Jo wants me to open an Etsy store...