I've been doing a TON of sewing. The Moms Club chapter I belong to held a "Marketplace" yesterday. A lot of us have businesses on the side and this was a way for us to promote our business and make some sales. The event was advertised in the local paper and the other local Moms Club chapters. I committed to having a table at the event about three weeks ago. At that time, I had four handbags and six zippered pouches made up. I knew I needed to have a lot more than that if I didn't want my table to look empty and sad.
Three weeks later, I made six new handbags (brand new design and fabrics!) and a few more zippered pouches:
Just a few more:
Did I say a few more?
Make that 20 more:
And here's my table at the Marketplace:
And a close-up:
How did I do at the Marketplace? Here's what my table looked like at the end of the sale:
You're thinking it looks pretty much the same as when I started...that would be a correct assumption.
What I learned after my first "craft fair":
1. Time of year is key. I think if this was a holiday sale and had taken place before Christmas, a lot more people would have shown up to buy gifts.
2. A Saturday as opposed to a mid-week day would probably yield more customers.
3. No one carries a check-book anymore these days. For those of us that can't accept credit cards at events like this, we're missing out on sales.
It was a fun experience and I am glad that I chose to participate. If another event like this should happen, I now know what all is involved. And I did make a few sales, so I can't count the morning as a total loss.
On a positive note, I had been wanting to design a new handbag style, but never could find the time. This show gave me the perfect opportunity to find the time. And now I have TONS of inventory for my Etsy shop :)