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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...
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[User Picture]From: gem225
2009-08-16 02:41 am (UTC)
I loved getting to see and hug you and buy your chapbook (maybe I'll make one of my poetry - what an interesting idea!), and I'm glad that you're not upset that I bopped you on the head. I wouldn't want to hurt or upset you.

And thank you for calling me "the ever-delightful gem225"! That makes me so happy!

Yes to an Etsy store for you, and hurray for being able to pay another bill!
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2009-08-19 09:03 am (UTC)
No, of course I'm not upset. You just startled me!

When you make YOUR chapbook, I would like to buy a copy, please.

And, well, you ARE always delightful!
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[User Picture]From: kimberlogic
2009-08-16 03:53 am (UTC)
You rock! I'm sorry I wasn't able to stop by today but I have to agree with Jo - you should open an Etsy store! I know, with your copious free time and, well, cope. But you make beautiful things that would really sell.

*hugs*

Will email about lunch and such ...
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2009-08-19 09:03 am (UTC)
Hey thanks, babe.
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From: i_leonardo
2009-08-16 04:09 am (UTC)
hey, that's great ! good job !
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2009-08-19 09:04 am (UTC)
Thank you, ma'am!

I will continue to work toward getting some copper bits etched.
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[User Picture]From: ckd
2009-08-16 04:14 am (UTC)
Congratulations on the craft show results!
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2009-08-19 09:04 am (UTC)
Thanks a bunch!
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[User Picture]From: hammercock
2009-08-16 05:46 am (UTC)
Awesome! I'm so glad that went well.
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2009-08-19 09:04 am (UTC)
Thank you very much! So am I!
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[User Picture]From: rmd
2009-08-16 02:01 pm (UTC)
etsy store!
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2009-08-19 09:04 am (UTC)
Yar!

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[User Picture]From: cmeckhardt
2009-08-16 09:05 pm (UTC)
Go both of you! Sorry I couldn't stop by. I'd love to see what sorts of things you make.

(Do you like the idea of craft dates?)
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2009-08-19 09:05 am (UTC)
I love the idea of craft dates.

Wow, had I brought my camera upstairs, this would be the perfect thing to remind me to UPLOAD MY FRICKIN' PIX. Grr.

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[User Picture]From: candle_light
2009-08-17 01:52 am (UTC)
Sorry we didn't come by, but the sound would have driven me over the edge. Glad it went well! Would love to see pictures of your stuff.

p.s. Did you get our message today we left with P? You were napping when we called.
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2009-08-19 09:08 am (UTC)
Yeah, I think the sound would've ruined a lot of people's day.

I did get your message, I'm sorry I didn't get a chance to return it. He was being kind - I wasn't napping, I'd never woken up.

I'll be at MYP this week on Thursday, from around 3pm-closing (10pm) and again on Sunday, from around 2pm-closing (9pm).

I'm sorry if you guys stopped by & missed me on the one Sunday I've taken off in a year! (Well, except for when I was traveling.) I worked Saturday night after the craft show and, as a result, got Sunday off.
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[User Picture]From: muffyjo
2009-08-17 05:01 am (UTC)
I"m so glad ot be a bad influence. Etsy stores are easy and free. I mean, you only have to post when you have stuff to post. :) Just...saying...ya know... :)
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2009-08-19 09:08 am (UTC)
You'z some BAD company with your creative influence, your mad sewing skills, and your energetic ways!

For shame!

;)
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[User Picture]From: wonderreader
2009-08-17 07:21 pm (UTC)

Craft Show

congrats on having the guts to get your stuff out there - that is the hardest thing! good for you - go with the Esty store - I have to figure that out myself. Love the idea fo getting people to get involved in the design - figure out a way to stream line that - sounds like a good idea. Maybe have them leave a deposit after they have chosen their design - to make sure they come back!
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2009-08-19 09:09 am (UTC)

Re: Craft Show

Thanks, Mom!

I'm not sure how to streamline it without a complicated computer program, but yeah, it's something to think about.
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