Craft Show After-Thoughts
The second of two craft shows completed yesterday. Here are some craft show after-thoughts that are giving me a lot to think about right now.
Long-Time Craft Show Vendor After-Thoughts
I spoke with many of the vendors I see once or twice a year about the mysteries of success and failure as a craft show vendor. Suffice it to say, we have a lot of theories on why one show is successful and others are dismal failures.
This past weekend was neither. Overall, it was a somewhat meager turnout of potential customers, and I sold about $500 less than I usually do. Given the very slow foot-traffic at the event, I’m lucky to have eked out that much.
The tepid results have re-ignited the conversation of whether I should continue vending at craft shows. The shows require a lot of my time and effort. And up until this year, I could easily justify the satisfaction I got from doing the shows. This year I didn’t have the same balancing ratios of effort to satisfaction.
But I have plenty of time to decide. I also have a lot of inventory to consider. But that will be the case for whenever I decide to stop vending.
I was able to finish the most recent Close To You Shawl I started last week.
It came out extremely well and even with the increasing width of this design, the stripe patterning didn’t turn the colors muddy or blotchy.
Next I will test this yarn in my Knitted Cross Stitch Scarf design to see how it works in that.