The Holiday buzz is upon us,…. seriously I cannot believe this next week is Thanksgiving! WOW! I also cannot believe it has been two weeks since my first arts and craft show. I wanted to give an update, because this event consumed so much of my life. Starting from just a few items in stock, I kicked the making machine, aka my hands, into high gear the last couple of months. Creating lists and deadlines helped tremendously. I played around with the title of this blog post, thinking ‘How I survived my first Arts and Craft Show’ but I do not feel like “SURVIVED” is the right word at all. I almost feel a surreal feeling about my first show, an affirmation about my art. The people that stopped by loved it and bought pieces of it to take to their homes and friends. They purchased ornaments to put on their trees and art to hang in their houses. I was one CLOUD NUMBER NINE!!! So completely thrilled that I wanted to shout it from the rooftops! My dreams and perseverance are actually working and coming alive. It was so fun!!!! Here is a recap in photos. The nice thing about this show was it was in doors and I could set up the night before, so I was ready to go the morning of the show
When you first walked in, to the left was a table for stationery, Notecards and journals
I purchased this room divider last spring in Warrenton and it worked perfect to display prints
The table displayed my wood blocks in series, I had my Cupcake Girls, Live By Girls, Fabulous Girls, A Girl’s Life and The Cat’s Meow. Mr. Fluffers was quite the hit in his bowtie and glasses. My jewelry was also displayed on this table. There was a metal bin full of Art Journals I created handmade journals and sold them with tidbits and glue. These were also a big hit for people looking to purchase something for a granddaughter or niece.
To the right of the booth was my vintage silver tree with the ornaments I have created with prints. Oh yes, being it is Christmas these were a hit too. I pre-packed most of the ornaments for easy gift giving.
My mini me stayed with me the entire time, she had a blast. Santa was there, she had her face painted and was quite well know at the end of the show by all the vendors. So of course we took a selfie.
There has to be a note on what I learned and what I would change right, and there is one thing that does come to mind. I left a small cooler of bottled water in the car thinking I could leave to go get it once the show started, that was not the case. Not to worry I had plenty of friends and family that visited to give me opportunity to leave my booth, but for the future bring everything that is needed when setting up.
Now I can’t wait to d another show, that was the most fun!~ Rebecca