I have to admit that the 1st emotion I felt as I woke up on the morning of the craft show was fear. It sounds silly, but I was truly frightened. A myriad of questions were swirling through my head – what if no one likes my dolls, what if I don’t sell, what if, what if, what if, what if. Obviously, this fear was based on my own insecurities. Thinking about it now, I see that having an on-line shop, your buyers are residing almost in an invisible world, direct interaction just isn’t there, but at a craft show everything is exposed. I’d know in person how potential customers would react to my items and that scared me.
Once I got there my fear changed to bubbling excitement. I went about setting up and preparing for whatever came my way. Here are some pics of my table and of the venue.
The venue was small but was the perfect starter’s kit for a rookie like me. I really loved every minute of the show, even despite the hot and sometimes rainy weather that day(thankfully the venue was covered). I accomplished the goals I had set out: get my name out there (I ran out of my business cards!), gain experience, and get a feel for what potential customers like and don’t like. Everyone was really warm and receptive with my dolls and I made several sales, so all in all it was a super day!
I’ll be posting a shop update later today! C U Soon, Sue