Craft vendorship. Let’s just say I’m better at making up words than I am at selling crafts.
No. No, that’s not true. I am trying to not be bitter about a disappointing first-craft show experience. It was disappointing. It was a complete flop. It wasn’t all my fault, of that I am sure.
The decision to jump right in at the last minute was a typical Gina move. In my defense, I read up on craft shows, the how-to’s, the 101 tips you should know before becoming a craft show vendor. I’m racking this one up as a learning experience, a lesson on how to prepare, how long it takes to prepare, and all the other mumbo jumbo that other, smarter, more crafty people have put forth before me.
Instead of focusing on what went wrong I’m choosing to remain positive and focus on what went right. Also-on what I could have been better about.
-I love a good display and I loved gathering props to decorate our booth.
-If there was a cutest booth award, I’m sure our tent would have brought home the blue ribbon.
-I have a great ability for remaining positive when things look bleak. Or, maybe I lie really well.
-I am also able to sit still in one spot for hours on end.
-A lot of down time meant much brainstorming with Melissa and seeing possibilities with a different angle.
-Much pom pom making happened.
-Even though I worked every. single. day. for 3 weeks, I feel like I had nothing to show for it. Strike that. I did have nothing to show for it. I started too many projects and didn’t finish enough. My “batching” process backfired and I ran out of time and energy to finish.
-Hustling at the end and not making lists hurt me as I packed up the goods and the props. I left out some cute elements because I forgot to pack them up.
So, was this a loss? Money, yes. Time and learning curve, no. I’ll do better next time because: make or die.