On the other hand, the rain had stopped and when I checked my email at 7:30 a.m., there was no message saying the show was being postponed, so the worse we could expect was cool breezes and some boggy ground underfoot.
The show is held in Woodland Cemetery, which is a beautiful old cemetery not far from where I live. The entire front section is just open ground (so we're not actually selling our wares amongst the graves). Behind where we were is the cemetery itself, loaded with blossoming trees and looming Victorian angel grave markers.
A nice piece of luck - I ended up back to back with two other vendors I've worked with in the past, so I had someone to talk to throughout the day as the crowds came and went.
But they mostly came. These photos were taken around 10:00 a.m., after I was mostly set up, but before people really started arriving.
After the fact, I'm not completely thrilled with my set up - the baby clothes and pillow covers on the line seemed like a cute idea and a good use of my limited 6x6 space, but with the wind the way it was, most of them spent the day flapping into the next vendor's space. Good thing she wasn't doing anything similar!
It was a good day overall - it gave me a chance to see what sold and what didn't, what attracted people, even if they didn't make a purchase, what was ignored (not much) and pointed out to me that I'm going to have to find more tweedish fabric because apparently I'm going to need to make more bears.
Way more. And soon.
The other big seller was my discount basket, and that was full of small quilted bags and mini cosmetic size bags that I've made for years and that I'm absolutely sick of making. I reduced the price on them to get them out of stock and, thankfully, most of them are now gone.
There's another show coming up on June 15th down at the 30th Street train station. Because of the price and the size of the spot involved, the organizer suggests pairing up with another vendor. I did just that with one of the sellers who was behind me (she makes really fabulous one-of-a-kind jewelry) and we'll be out there selling our souls that day. Hoping for better weather.
I'm pretty happy with Saturday's results, though. I went in with an optimistic number for sales and a realistic number, and I came in somewhere between but closer to optimistic. For my first time out, selling face-to-face, that makes me really happy.
I certainly more than paid my table fee, which is the most important, and then spent part of my take on a 10x10 pop-up tent for the next show and any future ones where I might want to look a tad more like I have my act together.
My daughter attended yesterday and had a fabulous time. So glad it was a success for you.
So happy for you!
This is fantastic news! Keep it up!!!
That sounds like it went really well. Congratulations.
I can see why everyone loves the bears. Maybe you could branch out into penguins?
I probably have some tweed fabric in <1 yd pieces taking up space in my sewing room. Would you like them?
Love the bears. How about ponies or bunnies? When I made ponies and bunnies they just got snapped up like hotcakes. I had made little saddle blankets and leatherish bridles and people loved them. The bunnies were made out of pseudo suede. The ponies were made out of brushed twill. Tweed would work great.
Congratulations! I'm rooting for you.
Your setup looks really appealing. Sounds like it was a successful day.
Bravo on a successful marketing and sales day. It was cool weather so it's nice that plenty of people made it worthwhile.
My new pillow is stuffed and living in my guestroom/office. Maybe I'll buy its companion at 30th St.!
Congratulations to all of you. Great job!
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Yay! Glad it went well--each market is a learning experience.
Where is Woodland Cemetery? I am 20 miles due north of Phila.
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