Monday, November 21, 2011

pouch factory no more

This past weekend I took part in my first craft fair, at the Holiday Arts & Crafts Emporium. I won't lie-- I've been cutting and sewing like a crazy woman for the past month to prepare for it. The past week I've woken up with a start at 4 a.m. every morning, no alarm needed, and then I'd head down to my sewing room for a few hours before everyone else would wake up. It feels good to be done with that. Although it was also pretty nice to have that time to myself.

I shared a double booth with 6 other etsy sellers. We received a grant for part of the booth costs from etsy, hence the "etsy.com" booth name.

our etsy.com booth

My table:

my table at the Arts & Crafts Emporium

Lots and lots of pouches:

Pouches

Key fobs:

key fobs

And some iPad cozies (Made from a tutorial here at One Shabby Chick. Thank you Amber!):

iPad cozies

I learned a lot from the experience. It wasn't a big money-maker by any means, and I don't think I had the right kind of audience for my goods. But I did have quite a few really great people come in and say that they loved what I make. I might give the whole holiday craft fair another go next year, but at a different venue.

I've got lots and lots of stock now for my etsy shop! I'll be listing items over the next few days and offering a coupon code for blog readers. I'll make sure to keep you posted.

craft show leftovers

16 comments:

**nicke... said...

i love everything! seriously, everything. i wish you would have sold more stuff but i think it is a who is your audience thing. if there were people like me there you would have sold out!

Three Sisterz said...

your stuff is adorable! it's taken me a while to find the craft fairs with the right audience. keep it up!

Cary said...

Your items look so pretty!

susan said...

Love the things you make. Having gone through a similar experience a week ago - wonderful comments but not much sold - I am right with you on the finding the right venue thing. And to having my life back this week! I was sewing like a mad woman and everything else fell by the wayside. I like to be more relaxed than that. I am sure your things will sell amazingly quickly on Etsy.

{Leila}Where the Orchids Grow said...

So many pretties!!!

Poppyprint said...

Wow, you did so much work and even on your packaging and labeling! Everything looked so great - I know you'll sell out on Etsy quickly. I LOVE my scarf that I was able to nick at retreat!

Jo Ann said...

Your booth looked fantastic. Wish I could have shopped there! Now you can sew what you want to work on, in non factory mode!

felicity said...

I love my scarf, too - your stuff all looks beautiful with the labels etc. Enjoy having your sewing time back for you!

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Mary Menzer said...

Great job! Your booth looked very inviting. It is about the audience, and some people are just lookers. I would like to have use for one of those iPad covers, maybe for my Kindle.....

randi said...

i have lots of stock for me etsy shop now too! after my craft fair last weekend i think that it needs to be held 2 weeks later next year. we had lots of people come through, but not a lot of sales. it was fun and good for the learning curve though!

your goods look amazing!

sew.darn.quilt said...

I wish you would have sold more of your lovely items too. Those passersby didn't know a good thing when they see it. Good luck in your shop. :o)

Carolyn

Liz @ LivingMySweetLife said...

Your booth is perfection! Craft fairs can be so tricky, You just never know if you're going to sell out or sell nothing!

Dianne said...

Wow!You produced a ton of items! Will have to pop by your etsy store to check out the merchandise!! Given our weather today I wish I had bought a scarf at retreat!!

The Hungry Crafter said...

I would be in heaven if I ran across your booth at a craft fair! Your use of fabric is awesome -- just my style. Going to check out your Etsy shop now :)

Cindy Kramer said...

Where did you get your clear cellophane bags for your key fobs? The packaging is awesome!