May 30, 2011

Craft Show!

Our outdoor booth!

Last week Saturday I did a craft show.  It was my first actual show as a fiber artist.  I've done a couple demos with my fiber arts guild but I just put my stuff on the table I really didn't have to do much.  The Thursday before the show I got a call from my new fiber friend who is another member from the guild asking me if we wanted to do a craft show together.  I quickly said yes!  Different member from the guild was unable to do the show and gave us her booth at no charge if we could sell some of her items.

Jessie my fiber friend and I packed up a truck and drove almost 2 and a half hours down to the botanical gardens near Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Since we didn't have much prep time we didn't have a proper table cloth, just fabric thrown over the table.  I had done a couple of craft shows a few years ago when I made beaded jewelry so I had a few displays that worked really well.  We borrowed clips and a wire rack display from Jessie's mother that worked out perfect for hanging yarn and knit items.

My art batts, yarn, and  Jessie's fabric hair clips.

Yarn and knit items.

My fiber art jewelry.

Jessie's purses and wrist-warmers.

One thing I would suggest is to have side panels for a tent if you are doing an outdoor event.  You never know when it will rain.  Of course it rained for us.  The table cloths got soaked.  We pulled all of our product closer and several attendees huddled in our booth with us when it was really down pouring.  There was space inside so when the rain lightened up we hauled everything indoors.  I think our outdoor display looks much prettier.

Our indoor booth.

There were quite a few thing that we could of done better and we'll just have to try next time.  That's right we are going to be doing a few more craft shows this summer.  Jessie and I had such a great time and she makes such beautiful fiber art we decided to become business partners.  I will have to further introduce you to Jessie in a later post.  But let me tell you I am excited to be working with such a talented individual.

No comments:

Post a Comment