So, I sat my first craft/art/holiday show this weekend in Fort Mead, MD. I was super stoked to showcase my work and meet some friendly customers. Set-up went swimmingly and there were 100+ vendors! Sounds like a recipe for success, huh? Boy, I was in for a very rude surprise.
Less than 100 guests showed to the whole show! I’m not sure what happened—insufficient advertising, the fact that there was a small entrance fee, lack of signage at the main entrance, etc. I only sold five pieces and ran a net loss. Thank goodness I was only out 10 bucks. All of the vendors packed up an hour early, and I even saw one woman falling asleep at her booth. It was a disaster.
On the bright side, my table looked amazing (see fabulous photography below). I got so many compliments on my work, and I got to make a custom order for a very sweet lady. My ‘Phul Effect’ bunting flags got some funny looks, but I think they’re sweet— sewed and ink-transferred by yours truly. I’m a DIY queen.
Guess I won’t be returning next year. No love lost, on to the next one!