Sunday, April 28, 2013

Vendor For a Day

I did it!  Yesterday was my very first vendor experience at Stitched. Market.  High Five and a woot woot!  But seriously, I was a total spazz.  I got myself all worked up and anxious for so many reasons I lost count.  I brought my friend Heather because she can talk me off a ledge better than anyone I know.  That's her behind the peg board.  She hung out there a lot watching the till and handing me red vines.  She let me use her car, she brought me a bag a snacks including dark chocolate and aloe juice (ADDICTED, by the way), and she reminded me to do important things like use the bathroom, stay hydrated, and write down things I needed to remember for my next market.   Our hostesses were so kind and supportive and I can't wait to see them again in the Fall!  They immediately made me feel at home and I am so grateful!

Here's some photos of my booth.  It was a little hard to capture the whole thing because it was a smallish room and it was hard to get back far enough from it, but here are a few tastes.

I still have a lot of these earrings and I'll be listing them this week JUST IN TIME FOR MOTHER'S DAY *ahem*

This was my peg board creation that the delightful man at Lowe's helped me with.  He said I had a homeschool vibe which I thought was hilarious and also complimentary.

My husband said bringing this guy was a mistake because he's freaky, but he's my muse so whatever.

Heather reminded me that a mirror would be good to have so I just happened to score this little vintage beauty at an estate sale the day before.

Things I Learned As a Vendor and as a Patron:

1.  Handmade knits do not sell well when it's 90 degrees outside.  I did, however, sell a lot of my non-ironic embroidery.  

2.  It's all in the crowd. Don't get discouraged if your product is not what people are feeling. It inspires creativity and gets you thinking of new ideas.  (example: ironic embroidery is not for everyone)

3.  Never say aloud at a craft booth,"I could make that." even if you could or think you could.  It's way lame.

4. Bring bags.  I didn't bring bags out of earth loving principles but I regretted it.  I wrote in my book "find recycled bags."

5.  Hand out cards!  I realized half way through the even that I was not handing out cards.  When I heard people say it was too warm for knits, I made sure they took a card and even if one person orders this Winter, it will have been worth the time!

6.  When shopping, make eye contact and say hi to the vendor.  We (and by we, I mean I) have just been passed up by 10 people so your hello and smile is a real pick me up.

7.  If you have a friend or family member who is willing to spend the day with you, bring them with.  Heather saved me. Saved. Me. Plus, she's super fun to hang out with.  We work together at the hospital but it's been so dang busy over there lately, we haven't even gotten to chat.  We absolutely made up for lost time.

8.  Don't freak out, because you're going to be great.  I always say at my hospital job,"lighten up, it's just nursing."  I guess the same can be said about crafting, right?  


Nuria Pérez Paredes said...

I´m so happy for you Sarah, everything looked great!! And totally agree that point number 3 is really, really lame ;)

sarah said...

Thank you, Nuria! It was so much fun and I can't wait to do another!

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