Sunday, April 10, 2011

Lessons Learned

My friend, Christie Cone, told me about the show I was in this weekend. I am so grateful. I would have to say it was the perfect first experience.  Not that everything was perfect, but that I learned a lot while still having a good time and actually made a little profit.

The wind was outrageous and it was sunny (and in the low 90's) on Saturday but Sunday was calmer wind wise. Because of the wind Saturday, I was really anxious and nervous the whole time. I had two jewelry displays break by the end of the show (one half way so it was still usable, but the other was completely shot). I had them each weighted with water bottles zip tied to the stands so they wouldn't fall over (thank you Anne for the suggestion!)  But the paintings stayed hanging the whole time! Set up took me 2.5 hours (with a friend for 2 of them) but I did get to relocate to a less windy spot, so I really shouldn't complain. Tear down took less than 45 min, but there's some organizing to do now that I'm home. It was a lot of work, but I think I'd like to do it again soon.

A big THANK YOU to all my friends who came out and supported me! And thank you to my friends who spent a couple hours hanging out and helping me. I couldn't have done it without you!

(pictures of my booth are on the previous post)


  1. thanks for sharing your experience. Sometimes we just see the fun side of things and ignore the reality that it is hard work too. Glad you made some profit.

  2. Yes, thanks for sharing--and glad it was a good first experience and profitable overall. I haven't tried any craft fairs yet..... ;)

  3. Yay!! I am so happy you had a good first show! I look forward to doing many more with you...and maybe next time we can get icecream or something afterwards to reward ourselves! :)

  4. Hey! thanks for visiting my blog and entering the drawing! Best of luck!

    I'm glad your show went well. Did you have good sales? Your set up looked great. how did you hand the paintings on the grid?


  5. Hi Tee!

    They make/sell picture frame hooks. They are kinda U shaped for lack of a better way to explain it. The wire slips right inside the U.

    Thanks for stopping by! -Nikkie