Okay, okay… I was a little nervous and slightly unprepared for this show. It was my first non-holiday show, my first post-baby show, and only my second show in Brooklyn. Plus, the design services part of my work has been CAH-RA-ZY the past couple of months so I wasn’t able to put in as much time as I wanted into preparations. Honestly, even though I was SUPER excited to get in I almost canceled last minute. Almost. But then I looked at my mission statement notes and saw that doing it would meet 3 out of 7 of my new themes:
#1 START BEFORE I’M READY
#2 SURROUND MYSELF WITH ENERGY-BOOSTING PEOPLE and FIND “MY” PEOPLE
#6 INVEST IN MY SKILLS AND BUSINESS
So even though it poured down rain on Saturday it was nice to be out of the house and away from the computer for a whole weekend.
I was lucky enough to share a booth at Renegade Craft Fair Brooklyn with the very talented artist, Erin Fostel of Holler & Whistle. She even brought a tent for us all the way from Baltimore. I love her illustrations and cut-paper art.
I won’t lie, sales weren’t what I had hoped for. I had no idea what to expect since this was my first non-holiday craft show. But I learned a ton (took notes), got more newsletter subscribers than my last holiday show, got a potential wholesale/consignment lead, and I ran out of business cards (Eek. Time to get that website in shape)!
The hardest thing about doing a show is not spending $1000s of dollars on all the amazing things you see. It can be pretty overwhelming. I controlled myself and bought a cute red sweatshirt from Red Prairie Press and a card from my boothmate.
A few faves from the show: