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Scottsville Fall Artisans Festival

Sorry I haven’t written in a few weeks, I was so busy between work and craft show preparations.

The Scottsville Fall Artisans Festival was yesterday. It was the big craft show I’ve spent every spare moment of my time preparing for for the last 3 months.

Set up began at 9 AM, we were supposed to open at 11 but we had people start trickling in around 10! I hadn’t even gotten any of my stuff put out at that time! I made my first sale around 10:30.

All set up and ready to go

All set up and ready to go

It was the first time Scottsville had ever hosted a festival like that and I’m glad I got to participate, there was a huge turnout! I’d say it was quite successful, at least for myself! I was the only jewelry booth in the whole show and I was front and center in the middle of the pavilion, my booth was the first one people walked past as soon as they entered the show! Talk about prime real estate!

For the most part we were busy clear through until break down time. Even if people weren’t buying, they were still looking. I had people stop by two and three times before they actually bought something!

My little top hat fascinators were pretty popular, as were my cocktail rings and the button earrings I had made.

My fiance helped me handle the money and he got to get his tech-nerd on with the Paypal Here app and card swiper. We did a lot of cash business and quite a bit of card transactions too. I think people were more willing to buy when they realized I could take card because I had several people who had made cash purchases come back and make even bigger purchases on their credit cards!

hair fascinators, I sold half of them :D

hair fascinators, I sold half of them 😀

The show was supposed to wrap up around 5 PM but we still had people coming in to shop and we ended up keeping open until almost six and it was after 7 before we finished breaking down, cleaning up and returning borrowed supplies.

I met some lovely people yesterday too. Quite a few members of my fiancé’s church and family came by to shop and to meet me and a few of them purchased stuff. I saw friends from high school that I haven’t seen in years, many of whom are married with kids now. I even saw some of the ladies from the pool where I work and even my 7th grade art teacher stopped by!

Overall it was a good day. The weather was perfect. The people were really nice and business was brisk. I will definitely participate should the festival be offered again!

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Small Business, Big Dreams

Had a rather pleasant surprise today. I got a phone call this afternoon. At first, I wasn’t going to answer it, since generally I don’t answer calls from numbers I don’t know but since it was a local number, I went ahead and answered it.

On the other end of the phone call, was a lady who’d gotten my card from a friend. She wanted to know if I had time later this week that I could meet with her. She had some old jewelry and wanted me to look at them, see if I couldn’t turn it into something new.

I told her I’d be more than happy to take a look so on Thursday I’ll be going to do my first consultation for a commission that’s NOT a friend or family member!


Sorry It’s Been Awhile

Hey Guys~

Sorry it’s been like a week since I last posted. I know you would’ve expected me to have written a post as soon as I got home from the flea market last weekend but my internet’s been down and I haven’t been able to do so.

SO. . . the flea market. . . it went well. It wasn’t a slam dunk but I did come out ahead. We had to be there at 5:45 AM to set up. It was supposed to open at 8 AM but there were so many people lined up, waiting to get in, that they opened it early, around 7:30!

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my handpainted sign that I made

I had a lot of people stop and look but not a whole lot of buyers. I was in a booth next to a lady that runs a consignment shop and she was selling jewelry at $2/piece so I got a lot of “well, that lady is selling jewelry for $2, why should I pay XXX for yours?” I had to do a LOT of explaining that my jewelry is in fact, hand made, not on consignment and selling it for $2/piece wouldn’t even cover my cost of materials.

I was at least happy that I paid for the booth ($15). After that, I had a $70 profit which wasn’t bad. My goal was $100 so I got close and since this was my first time EVER selling jewelry to the general public, I can’t complain.

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my booth, all set up

The local news came out to cover the event too. They’ve shot footage of me painting faces before but it’s always my ear, or my hand that gets on TV. I told my fiance jokingly that maybe my toes would get on TV.

Much to my surprise though, the last 10 seconds of the video that they aired on the news was a full on shot of me and all my jewelry!  Yay! Free advertising!

Flea Market on the Evening News


Final Stretch

We are five days away from my craft show debut (holy shit!). I’m not freaking out yet but there’s still so much to do!

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Simple charm bracelet


I GOT IN!!!!

I got my letter!!! I got into the Fall Artisan Festival!!!! I’m so excited!!!! Happy birthday to me!!!!

The festival is going to be on Sunday, September 29th (my bday is the 27th!) I’m so excited! We were supposed to know by August 9th. When I hadn’t heard anything I assumed I didn’t get in but they had sent me an email and it went to my spam! I’m so glad I thought to check it! I’m crying, I’m so excited!


Gives Me a Purpose

It’s been a few days since I posted last. I’ve been working non-stop trying to prepare for this flea market on the 24th.

I’ve got 18 days to go and I’m starting to feel it. It’s probably the best and the worst thing for me to deal with. It’s been a long time since I’ve had a definitive goal, an objective.

I’m feeling slightly manic but (for the moment) it’s a good energy. Every waking moment for the most part, if I’m not at work, is devoted to getting this stuff done. I need to do this, as much for myself as for the potential for income.

I think I work well under pressure, and having a deadline has really given me the drive to get my stuff done and a goal to obtain, not to mention the creativity I’m finding it fosters. So many cool ideas and so little time!

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work in progress shot of a Sailor Jerry tattoo flash inspired charm bracelet


Swag

My promotional stuff for the Artisan Flea Market came in! I got postcards, label stickers, and a free pen (which I will promptly end up losing XD)

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promotional materials

 My plan is to hand out the postcards at the flea market. I got the stickers to use to close the paper bags I bought, a lot prettier than just balling them up. My fiance bought that paypal card swipe thing for me so I can take credit and debit cards too. I’m so excited about how every thing’s coming together, I just wish I could afford to take time off from work to focus on getting ready for the flea market but bills won’t wait :/ 


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