Yesterday at Craft Saturday I couldn’t leave without visiting the other vendors and picking up a few handmade items. I got this travel jewelry case from Kate i Design. It’s a pretty genius idea — instead of putting your tangled jewelry in a plastic baggie, you zip it into little pouches and slide your rings onto the bar.
I thought everyone had really cute, creative stuff to sell, and the turnout was great. I was definitely worried that with all the bad economic news people would forget about our little craft fair and buy their gifts at Target, but I think the support from everyone’s friends helped spread the word and we had a nice little crowd until about the time it got dark. It was certainly worth my time/money and I would do it again.
The funny part was, people loved the knitwear. Granted it was a freezing cold day and here we were next to a cozy coffee shop, but I think people just really loved touching the chunky wool fabric and trying the hats on. In retrospect I really should have brought a mirror because a lot of people tried on the hat, but probably didn’t fall in love because they couldn’t see what it looked like on.
Two scarves I made on a last-minute whim sold. They were my most expensive items. The cup and mug candles did way better than the jars, so I will probably change my focus more to those. I had lots of interest in the button items, too. I have a lot more ideas of things to make, so I feel both momentum and intimidation about going forward. It’s a scary time, but I’m glad to know people still want to buy handmade. And I think the recycled and rescued concept is something all of us will need to focus on doing more in our lives.