I've done two craft shows this month, and I haven't mentioned how either have turned out! The first one, at the South Hills Country Club, was an epic failure. It was an absolutely GORGEOUS day, so hardly anyone came to the show. The people that did come were obviously there to window shop only. At least I wasn't the only one that didn't make any money! As it was, I barely made my table fee back for 5 hours worth of work... Kind of the risk that you take going to a craft show, I suppose.
The second one was this past weekend. Actually, as it was the Mt. Lebanon Earth Day Fair, it wasn't really a craft show. MUCH more successful! It was a lot of fun too - I got a free sample of a compostable garbage bag! I will definitely have to pick some of these up when I re-establish my composting in Alaska. A stinky smelly compost bucket sucks. Imagine grabbing the whole thing, bag and all, and tossing it in the pile!
I must say, I am absolutely shocked at my success in selling my wares over the last several months. After hoping and wishing for such a long time that I would somehow be able to support myself through my own creativity, I decided to take the plunge. My upfront costs weren't that outrageous, and I figured if it failed miserably I could at least say I tried. Honestly, I think I expected that I would try it for awhile, nobody would buy anything, and I'd get it out of my system. Instead, I'm becoming increasingly excited and confident that this could actually work! Not that I'm exactly rolling in cash, but I'm getting closer to recovering every penny put in! Also, a wonderful friend of mine wants to act as a distributor for Sarah's Soak Shoppe in PA once I'm in Alaska - I'll be a coast to coast business!
I really encourage anyone that has dreams of doing something like this to just suck it up and try. Especially if you can do it without breaking the bank up front. You just might surprise yourself!