Renegade recap

First, I’ll just say that the Renegade Craft Fair was by far the most well-organized show I’ve ever been a part of. It should be, considering it is 10 times the price of every other show I’ve done, but you can imagine that pulling together such a big event with hundreds of vendors would make for some logistical challenges. But everything was smooth sailing — plenty of information, a very cohesive group of makers, bathrooms with no lines, yummy food that never ran out, etc. etc.

I wish I had more photos to share, but by the time everyone is set up, the crowd makes it hard to take a lot of pictures. And it was quite a crowd!

Here’s what my booth looked like.

I redid the letters on my sign so they would look a little more like the font I use, but they ended up a little too big. I didn’t have time to fix them, so I had to leave them as-is. Oh well…

The little owls were very popular. I stayed up until 1:30 Friday night finishing them, and I’m glad I did because I sold more of them than anything else by far.

I didn’t become rich off of this show, but it really helped me decide where I am going to take my shop from now on. The giant pouf (which I almost didn’t bring because I was having trouble fitting it in my car), was a huge hit. I think half the people there touched it, sat on it, or otherwise marveled at it. I had several shop owners and interior designers ask about it (!!!). It’s obvious that people are enticed by the large-scale knitting. And though I am having some issues sourcing the materials, I am going to spend more time on it because I can see it has so much more potential.

I had to restrain myself from shopping too much because there was SO much good stuff from other vendors. I heard from some shoppers that the selection has really improved over the years.

I bought this yummy smelling soap from the folks at Clean Getaway Soap.

I learned they are from Denver, so I would encourage all my Colorado friends to check it out if they haven’t already.

Apparently I am the last person to realize that the next big animal to inspire the crafting world is the narwal. Mike had to convince me that yes, the narwal in fact is a real animal.

Narwal tee from Gnome Enterprises.

I am totally in love with everything from Rae Dunn, especially her salt and pepper cellars.

I was also quite smitten with the booth next to me, jfish designs. You know I have a thing for succulents, so I loved these curvy hanging planters.

I ended up trading a pouf for this cool organizer.

Not sure what I’m going to put in it yet. Maybe jewelry?

I learned that I want to do some things differently for future shows:

• Get some kind of dolly or rolling cart so I don’t have to carry everything, especially if I am by myself.
• Bring twice as many business cards as I think I’ll need. I completely ran out!
• Work on getting more vertical displays, possibly shelving.
• Streamline the look of my booth, which is kind of all over the place right now.
• Become wealthy so that I can buy everything from other vendors!

I am probably not going to do any more shows until it gets closer to fall just because it’s hard for me to sell knit goods in the summer, and I need some time to regroup. But I’m feeling as hopeful as I’ve felt in a long time that I can make this crafting thing into what I always wanted it to be. So, onward!