Sunday, June 9, 2019

May Sewing & Craft Fairs

 May was the big Lodi Street Fair! My mom went with me for the day so that I would be able to run to the bathroom and get lunch. This fair is so big! This was my first time doing the May one, they do May and October. I got the same spot as in October. Wouldn't you know it, it was windy again! I was glad I had a "windy day set up". While I was setting up I heard a lot of glass breaking in other booths when the wind would gust.

You can see everything blowing here. The guy next to me eventually tied that white tarp back since it was kind of loose wand whipping into my space. I had offered to use safety pins to hold it together since his velcro was dead and he just tied it back. He was a really nice guy and sold these cool plant hangers. 

I was wishing I had had more time to make more "variety" of items. Mug cozies don't do as well in the spring. BUT I did have a couple return buyers that were actually looking for me, so how cool was that?

You can see more of the sunglasses cases I had made up here, they seem to sell really well for me

I hung up the wine totes with wine bottles in them but it started to bend my tent frame so I took the bottles out. It still worked well to hang them and I didn't have to worry about them getting blown off the table like they always do when it is windy.

I have the sign up for October but haven't sent it in yet. I was debating about it since it is expensive and I didn't do the best at this one BUT I think my stuff sells better in the fall/winter so I will do it.

Here is my friend's daughter Abbi wearing a skirt I made to a Mother's Day tea at her preschool. Remember when I was making all the skirts? She finally grew into it.

Lots of tissue packs from my blue scrap bin. I sold most of these already. I buy packs of tissues from the dollar store so they are only about .12 to make. People love them and I have sold a few as "doll pillows" lol

More keychains!

The day before Mother's Day I did a booth at the Modesto Mall again. I thought it would be great since my stuff makes good gifts but I didn't sell a lot. I did better towards the end of the day. It was like people had bought a "big" gift and now were looking for something little to go with it if that makes sense. Also maybe people were less likely to buy stuff just because if they were on a mission for a mom present. 

The mall requires black table cloths. Last time I borrowed some but I decided to buy my own. I think they look really nice! I actually just bought one more this morning and I'm going to buy one more big folding table (but you can only have 2 at the mall)

I ended up moving all the keychains to the front straight table after a bit, I think it was a better display but I didn't take another picture of it.

The mall is SUCH a long day. I went to get a Starbucks at one point because I was getting so tired sitting there. I got kind of the evil eye when I got back from the gal that was coordinating it but I was like man if it took me 20 minutes and I lost a $8 sale it's ok! You need to be able to get up and stretch a bit in a twelve hour day.

Next up was the St. Stanislaus Spring Fling. This was at a school which is connected to a HUGE Catholic Church. It was totally under advertised and I'd say MAYBE 20 people came that weren't vendors. Another long day. The people next to me actually packed up a couple hours early. I still amazingly made a small profit though.

I am only signed up for one more event in June and then I am not doing any more until the Fall. 

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1 comment:

Annsterw said...

Wow! You are so creative - that is a HUGE selection at your booth!! I can not imagine the time investment but if it is something you love it does not seem like it takes any time at all! I wish we could live off of our craft incomes!!! Your booth really looks great!

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