Today I participated in this show:
It was my first time doing this show and I did not know what to expect. The only thing I knew going in was that there was going to be a few artists that I know personally vending there with me.
The first thing that got me a little nervous about the show was that when I turned off of Henrietta Rd onto Ward Hill Road, there were no signs indicating that there was a craft show. Upon turning into the parking lot, I had still not seen ANY signage. Yikes, not a good start.
Set up and parking were fairly easy, and I was lucky enough to be placed next to Tiffany Cotsonas of Freckles and Frizz. Tiffany makes a wide range of beautiful fabric and embroidered decorations and children's clothing. She is also a fellow RNESTer (Rochester New York Etsy Street Team)
|Freckles and Frizz|
As I had suspected, the show was really slow. I think maybe 200 people came through all day. (and that number may be exaggerated a bit)
Ultimately, because this is how I make my living now, my first goal is to sell enough pieces to pay a few bills and unfortunately the show fell short.
But money aside, this show was actually really fun. I had hours of great conversation with Tiffany, which made the time just fly by. Periodically, Francesca DeCaire, who was set up on the opposite end of the room, would make a cameo in our area and get us cracking up over one thing or another.
|Francesca DeCaire: Bead Artisan|
|Dollar bead anyone?|
I gotta say, the ladies that ran the show were very nice and helpful as well. They had volunteers willing and able to help with load in, a free hot lunch, and the organizers came around and asked if the vendors needed anything a few times throughout show. If they can remedy the lack of advertisement, I really think that the show has great potential. The quality and diversity of crafts was impressive, it was like a mini Indie show. Definitely NOT your typical church fair.
|one of MANY beautiful pottery pieces by Tori DiPietro|
The other great thing about slow shows, besides mingling with other artists, is doing TRADES! Lola got this awesome (or should I say PAW-some) leash, hand made with love by Tiffany in exchange for one of my new spoon rings.
|Lola and her new leash!!!|
|Tiffany also made Lola's pretty collar <3|
In the end, I would say that having the occasional slow show is necessary for growing a business for the networking aspects alone, although I hope next week's show at Webster Schroeder School is a bit more profitable.
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