Shortly after the day began, I leaned over to my neighbor Sugar Paperie (who has adorable stuff that you should buy immediately!) and said that I hadn't participated in many craft shows because, frankly, I lack the confidence to think I belong in the circle of crafters that typically fill the booths at these shows. Firstly, my craft has evolved a lot over the years and I've yet to settle on an aesthetic, set of materials, or even a style that I'm prepared to stick with. Secondly, I was always concerned that my table or booth wouldn't be up to snuff. And then there's always just the stress of putting things together, worrying I won't be organized enough to handle the needs of customers or that there won't be any customer at all!
You'll be happy to hear that all of these fears were assuaged with the kind words and support of customers and crafters alike at the Handmade Mart.
Shortly before the day started, I had this lovely woman looking around in my booth, asking me a few questions and complimenting my table design. When she mentioned that she was glad to meet me, I asked who she was as politely as I could, because I had no idea! She said she was the lady behind Rebound Designs and I about passed out. Not only do I consider her local crafter royalty, but she was also one of the instructors at Hello Craft's Summit of Awesome on Craft Show Booth Design. And she was in my booth...complimenting its design! Boy, I felt special. Then out of nowhere, This Chickadee appeared, stole some of my watermelon, and told me that the booth I was sharing with Pretty Little Fings should win the booth of the day award because of its cuteness. Talk about pummeling that lack of confidence to the ground, folks!
Overall, I had a fantastic day. I saw Tweets here and there from other sellers who were having less than stellar sales, but mine were incredible. Best day ever, frankly. I do think that having Seamus around to woo folks might've helped, and Em telling all the ladies (young and old) that they looked lovely was also a plus, but my prices and my product seem to have worked! My favorite parts of the day were the old ladies who toddled in and recalled memories of using the products for which I had lids on my necklace displays..."Oh Franny, don't you remember that face cream?!" I made little vintage bead rings for kids who wandered through my booth, too, and sold (and gave away) a ton of second-hand beads to folks for their own crafty desires. I met some fabulous queers who were excited about an out and proud queer lady on the mainstream craft circuit, too. The icing on the cake was all the friends who wandered by, including old friends who came to support me when I never thought they would and new friends who I knew only through e-channels!
The sprinkles on the icing on the cake was my boothmate, Pang, without whom I would not have had those moments of hilarious relief through laughing and dirty jokes, mutual compliments and good times. We sold each others merchandise with such sincerity and honesty, that it felt like we'd been doing this forever. I could not have done this without her, frankly!
Thanks to the production team behind Handmade Mart too...what an amazing event!
In conclusion - you haven't seen the last of me! Whether I'm solo, with crafty friends, or with my buddies in the QCC, Oh Ginger is ready to navigate the waters of handmade festivals and marts with excitement and confidence!