Last year I got into making aprons, up-cycling them from cowboy shirts. After I outfitted my family and special friends I needed to do something with them so I decided to sell them in craft shows. I just ended my novice year on the local Christmas/Holiday Bazaar/Craft show circuit.
I also recruited my friend who loves to make things. She is very crafty. She makes gorgeous things. Here is the rub. Selling is like breathing for me. I will and do talk to anyone and encourage him or her to buy my stuff. My friend is a shy person so this was totally out of her comfort zone!
It is true a couple of times I saw her blush and cringe when I got a bit too aggressive. To my defense, when someone asks me if it is OK to take a picture of my aprons so their sister or daughter can make it, and I say “NO”, I think that is understandable!
My friend did 2 shows with me. After the first show, it was a bad show, she said never again. Then wondering what to do with all her stuff she did another show. It was a good show. When I say good I mean profitable and with lots of people.
The craft show fever certainly has me in its grip. For the next few weekends I will be going to shows to check them out. Many of the shows are juried and some are so popular to get in you almost have to be left a spot in someone’s will!
In the past, enjoying craft shows and church bazaars, I always thought the little old ladies were having a good time. Now I am part of this group and indeed I am having fun!
Sewing is very relaxing for me. I love making the aprons because I get to shop and then I get to sew. I give these cool old cowboy shirts a whole new life! The Tooth Fairy Pillows allow me to be creative with fabric, buttons and ribbon. The Cat Nip toys allows me to share my organic catnip with other cats! To continue my addiction, I mean hobby I need/want/like a profitable outlet. Craft shows are mine.
Do you go to the Christmas/Holiday Bazaars/Craft shows? What do you buy?