All of those question marks are in acknowledgement of the logical errors therein. I know with my brain that doing a craft show is a ton of work with financial considerations. But, my heart is like a kid envisioning that idealistic summer lemonade stand. It's all fruity like that. Oh, and there are pennents at the Indie Craft Parade. Those are almost as good as ric rac.
|image courtesy of Indie Craft Parade|
So, I applied just to get the decision off my mind and found out early this week that I'm in. There was a token day or two that I let pass before paying my vender fee, but really, I knew I was hopeless. Here are the official details:
*Indie Craft Parade runs September 7-9 in Greenville, SC to the tune of thousands of guests. Tickets to get in for the Friday night Gala are $25. Admission is free on Saturday and Sunday.
*I'll be bringing a variety of items I've made for classes and magazines that I've been storing away for about a year with the vague thought of doing a craft show someday. If I enjoy this process (and actually sell stuff), I may do the Indie Craft Parade each year as my annual unloading event. This will free me up to create without that nagging "who is this for?" feeling.
*I'll also be making about 50 new items in specific categories that I hope will be marketable. I chose things that I like to make anyways and that allow me creative expression like baby quilts and journal covers. I'll share more details about my inventory strategy in a later post.
*I have to design a booth! Holy molly, this is the scariest part! How to display all these items, how to tag them, what about a sign, background, bags? There are lots of questions here. I've already done some brainstorming and I bet you'll help too!
Ok, what do you think? I know that I'm crazy (see opening statements), but haven't you ever dreamed of doing a craft show? Don't you think it would be fun? Later when I admit that I'm feeling totally overwhelmed or if I don't sell hardly anything you can say "I told you so" but for now, dream a little with me?
Also, if you have questions, go ahead and ask them. I'm looking forward to sharing the behind the scenes on craft show prep. As a serious newbie, it's sure to be amusing, if not educational!