A friend of mine and I participated in a few local craft shows in the last few weeks. At the first one, there was a nice crowd and lots of lookers and shoppers, mostly kids from the school. Lisa and I learned a lot. We had a terrific time! So much fun to talk to people who were looking at our stuff, and take turns walking around to see what others had to offer. My personal goal was to pay for our show expenses, pay for my supplies and end up with a little extra to buy more crafty supplies. Success!
The second show was not such a success for us. Hundreds of people attended the event overall, but the vendors were placed in an out of the way area where we got very little traffic. We did manage to pay for our table, but not much else.
We had for sale: “survival” bracelets made of high-strength paracord ($8), luggage tags made of paracord ($5), charm necklaces with 18″ silver chain ($10), charm bracelets on leather cord ($5), loose charms ($2), light bulb terrariums ($10), beaded star ornaments ($5), beaded key chains ($7), bracelets made from soda pop tops ($2), and Lisa’s Kindle/Nook cases ($10), iPhone cases ($8), and eyeglass cases ($5).
Here’s a photo of our table. We were pretty happy with our product mix, and our prices are as low as we can go. We plan to try some new shows in the spring.
I’ve been seeing these beaded bracelets all over the catalogs this season in a very broad range of prices. Recently I saw some instructions sent friend-to-friend on Facebook and I had to finally try it out. It took me three tries, using different beads and thread, but I like this one.
Bead bracelet: leather and hemp cord, glass beads, plastic button closure
I decided to call my charm necklaces and bracelets “Treasure” necklaces and bracelets. I like the sound of it. Lisa and I keep telling ourselves that we’re going to stop buying stuff! but we keep finding more and more cool stuff, like these charms I found on Etsy.
We are selling our stuff at Horizon Elementary School on Saturday, December 3, 10 AM – 1 PM. If you’re local, I hope you’ll come to visit!
Watercolor seems very “serious” to me, and crafts I do for fun and relaxation. Funny thing though, I still care very much about quality and craftsmanship, even when I’m working on “just crafts,” “just for fun.” It’s very satisfying to make things turn out straight, clean, organized, pleasing to the eye.
A friend, Lisa Humpton and I have decided to take our crafting to the next level and try selling them at a few local crafts fairs. (You can see Lisa’s pretty Kindle, Nook, and iDevice holders at the link at right.) It’s been great fun to figure out what we want to make, determining colors, sizes, prices, and sourcing our materials, figuring out how to display our stuff.
Here are a few of the things we’ve cooked up so far.
I probably should think of an adjective to describe these. Whimsical? Random? Fun? Time to break out the thesaurus.
Necklace detail. LOVE that face.
We’ve also made a bunch of “survival” bracelets. These are made with nylon cord and paracord, with a handy clip. They’re called survival bracelets because technically in an emergency you could unravel them and use the rope to help you out in an emergency. For what? Erecting a tent out of plastic sheeting, perhaps?
I’m an avid follower of Regretsy — a blog the writer dubs “Where DIY meets WTF.” It’s full of crafts listed by real people on Etsy, that range from ridiculous to gross. And funny!
April, the blog’s creator, also features some pretty cool off-beat crafts, and has an army of followers who often send her gifts. Here’s one, the Brain Hat, that has caught my interest:
And while cruising around the net, looking for a brain hat of my own, I found this website, “The Museum of Scientifically Accurate Fabric Brain Art.“