Sunday, November 9, 2008

Craft Fair Success

Last year my mom and I committed ourselves to participate in several craft fairs. We had a great time but realized in the middle of our commitments that we may have spread ourselves a little too thin. By not allowing ourselves enough time in between shows to restock, the fun we were having turned into stress. This year we decided to participate in only two shows so that overwhelming feeling would not return. As it turns out out decision was the right one. Our craft fairs were a success.
Our first show was held last Saturday at a local church. They did a wonderful job of promoting the show to the community. It was estimated that 550 shoppers had passed through the doors. The show was so well organized and there was even a wonderful cafe where coffee and delicious sweets were served. We arrived at the church at 7:00am so that we would have plenty of time to set up our table. The shoppers arrived at 9:00 am and could shop until 2:00pm.

My mom displayed her beautiful hand made quilts and purses.

My contribution included my pre-made scrapbooks, handmade cards, art boards, and soldered charms.
We had such a lovely day. Meeting new people and sharing about our artwork. One of the nicest parts of the day was spending time with each other and our wonderful friends Joyce and Bethanie who had a table right next to ours. Take a look at all the beautiful things they had on their table...........
This past weekend we participated in our second show. This show took place Friday and Saturday. This was the friendliest craft fair that I have ever participated in. The only fee to get into the show was a non perishable food item that was to be donated to a local food bank. The room was filled with talented vendors and a wonderful table with the most amazing baskets for a Chinese auction. The proceeds from the auction benefited a non-profit animal rescue organization called Spencer and Friends.
This is Oatas, one of the rescued abused dogs. He was the sweetest yellow lab I ever met. I could not even imagine wanting to abuse him. It was such a nice feeling that we were helping to save innocent animals.
All in all two wonderful, successful weekends. I am really looking forward to next year.
Well I am off to work on the bunches of special orders that I promised to have completed for Christmas.


Christa from Chloe Rose said...

Hi Mimi,

Your items looked wonderful! You do such wonderful work......I agree doing the two shows was probably a much better way to do things. Too much stress takes all the fun out of it!

Thanks for sharing!

Chloe Rose

Scrap for Joy said...

The pictures of your things are great! Bethainie did a wonderful job photographing everything. Doing Craft Fairs is exhausting but fun-you get to meet some pretty nice people and see beautiful handmade things. You and Joni did a great job!

Heidi of Everyday Cookies said...

You look like you were relaxed and enjoying the show/sale. You must have worked hard to create all your items. Love the soldered charm with the embroidered piece!

Lynn said...

I am so happy to hear that your craft shows were both a sucess :) Just look at all the lovely things you and mom had, and your friends too, people must have been oooing and ahhhing all day LOL
Cute lab too, I love dogs, good to see he has a good home now :)

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