I’m Doing a Craft Show!

Petite Boutique Holiday Market, Pleasant Home, Oak ParkIt’s exciting! (And slightly terrifying…)

For the past few months, I’ve been making greeting cards using my Royal Safari typewriter and featuring vintage cancelled postage stamps from my collection. I recently got my act together to open a little shop and I applied for a local juried craft show at Pleasant Home. And, I got in! So over the next month, I’ll be busy typing at my typewriter and sifting through my stamp collection and cutting envelope liners out of Karen’s grandparents’ encyclopedia collection. (Thanks, Karen!) I am very excited and nervous. What if no one buys anything? What if I forget how to count money? What if I run out of products? (None of these scenarios are likely. I’m very good at math. But seriously…how do you even know how much to make?) Thankfully Naoto has agreed to be my customer service associate so he can help me manage small talk and sales.

I’ll share more as I get into a good production groove around here. If you’ve ever done a craft show -big or small- I’d love to hear your advice!

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9 thoughts on “I’m Doing a Craft Show!

  1. Jackie says:

    Congratulations!! So exciting!!! Make enough so you can replenish your table at least twice, but since cards are easy to store and cart around and are at a great price point I’d be sure to have a ton. Also do a one card for x amount and three for a little bit of a discounted price. (I’ve done 1 for $7 and 3 for $18, for example) And don’t forget to factor in sales tax. 🙂

  2. Donna Adami says:

    Wishing you lots of luck & sales. You will do great! Hope you have a good day.

  3. Karen says:

    This is so exciting! Can’t wait to see the set-up at the show. Your work is so unique and fun… I have no doubt the products will be a big hit!

  4. cath says:

    Wish I could be there… I can understand the pre-sales nervousness but I am sure you will make a success of it. I’ve made a note of the dates and will be sending you a cloud of good thoughts.

  5. […] Petite Boutique was last weekend and I think for the first show, we did pretty well! People were generally really nice about my cards and I loved talking to everyone about old postage stamps and typewriters! I felt “in my element” for the first time in quite awhile. I loved telling people about the first USPS Christmas stamp and listening to customer’s stories about learning to type on a typewriter. (I, too, learned to type on a typewriter.)All of the artists showing at Petite Boutique were spread throughout the home. Shoppers went from room to room looking at each little “shop.” We lucked out and got the sunroom, which ended up being really beautiful, both on Friday night and sunny Saturday. The windows look out on Mills Park and some great fall leaf and people watching. I had such a good time planning my merchandising. It wasn’t perfect by any means, but I think it’s a good start for future shows. I made a simple banner out of airmail envelopes and twine and added my name with some chipboard stickers that I found at Michaels. I pinned the banner on my (very wrinkly) tablecloth. The banner held up well, though sometimes it got disturbed by shoppers. Ideally, it would be hanging high behind me so shoppers could see it, even if my booth was busy. […]

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