Last month I sold my crafts at a recycled arts festival. It was the first time I ever did a big-juried show like this. I up-cycle cowboy shirts into aprons for men, women and children. I also make tooth fairy pillows and my organic cat nip into cat toys. I shop for the fabrics, buttons, ribbon and cowboy shirts at yard sales and Thrift shops saving the shirts and textiles from the landfill. I get to shop, sew, garden, create, and sell. A big win for me!
After 14 years of running my own online company of women’s sleepwear I realized I was missing a physical creative outlet and personal selling. I was in sales for 25+ years. I used to sew but career and life got busy and hobbies took a back seat. A year and a half ago I took the leap, bought a new sewing machine and it has been love ever since. Now of course I wonder what took me so long to Up-cycle my creativity!
I got my creative feet wet last Christmas season with some Holiday/Christmas bazaars. This summer I went big and applied for a juried recycled art show. I was so thrilled to get in but had no idea the scope of the show. That first morning setting up my booth and looking around I was in awe of some of the artists’ works. Huge metal sculptures, garden art, home décor and paintings all from recycled materials!
Over the 2 days I must have talked to over 1,000 people stopping at my booth. If you love to sell like me, it was a salesperson’s high for 2 solid days! As an artist it is very rewarding to watch someone see your stuff, like it and buy it.
Since this was a recycled art festival, many booths were educational from the various power companies. Even the toilets at the festival were a recycled option. Not just your normal festival port-a-potty, oh no! These potty stations, there was a urinal station for men, had a guide educating you on use. The potty-guide was so earnest and I was unfamiliar with the ins and outs of a recycled toilet I had to listen. There actually were more instructions inside too. Who knew?
If you ever get a chance to go to a recycled arts festival I totally recommend it! If you have been to one, what is your opinion?