Over-Prepared For Craft Show Season
When I say craft show “season”, I mean for the two craft shows I have scheduled. When I say over-prepared for craft show season, it’s not an exaggeration.
Just How Over-Prepared For Craft Show Season Am I?
To be fair, I only do two craft shows a year. So my “season” is short. One in November and one the first weekend in December. I also sell my items on my web site – https://doublepointed.com/ – and again, I use “sell” very charitably. I sell virtually nothing on my web site. Which I totally understand. The tactile sense of a piece of knitwear is very important. Is it soft or scratchy. How drapey or structured is it? Can I trust my computer monitor when it comes to colors? My inventory is much easier to sell directly to in-person customers.
Typically, I hope to sell about 20% of my inventory at each show. And I replenish as much as I can between the November and December shows. In past years, I’ve actually exceeded the 20% sales goal.
Currently, I have over 100 pieces in inventory for a total retail value of about $5,000. Selling $1,000 at each show I would consider a successful season.
My work is much better this year than any other year I’ve participated in craft shows. Whether it will be more desirable…or whether the attendees will be purchasing is yet to be seen.
Either way…wish me luck!
I finished the Usonian Shawl and it’s really quite amazing (if I do say so myself)!
The shawl is soft and very loosely draped. It looks fantastic no matter how it’s wrapped.
It’s a standard triangular shawl shape and it came out to be almost the exact size of the pattern instructions.
It looks almost as good on the reverse as it does on the front.
Surprisingly, I followed the instructions on this one to the letter. I even followed the instructions to snip off my woven-in ends after blocking. Even though I don’t find that to be really necessary.
It’s not really my color, but I would bypass the “not my colors” rule if I needed something to drape over my shoulders in a chilly air-conditioned room.