For the sake of this post becoming too lengthy, I will divide it into three parts- Before / During / After - and before I get into it too much you should know that the Indie Craft Parade is a three day arts and crafts show held in Greenville, SC. This year they showcased the artwork of almost 80 artists from the surrounding states and had nearly 7,000 people attend. The event kicked off Friday night with a VIP Gala, for customers willing to pay a special price to get first dibs on the goods and partake in some SUPER tasty local food and beverages. Saturday and Sunday was open to the public for admission of $2 per person, with kids 12 and under entering for free.
Preparing for the Indie Craft Parade was QUITE a task. I had no idea what to bring, how much to sell it for, or what to expect. Do I make seasonal and holiday items? Should I make more than just mini foods? Should I make wearables? How many of each item should I bring? Are people even going to buy miniatures? In the end, I ended up doing what I do most often- flying by the seat of my pants and going with my gut!
I made plenty of miniature cakes, pumpkins, and jack o'lanterns. I also brought all of my inventory that was previously listed in my Etsy shop. I then made wearables... and also.... a dollhouse! Just for the heck of it (as if I didn't already have enough to work on) I decided to make a mixed media dollhouse for my booth display. And to make the deal even sweeter I decided I should raffle it off! So among all of the items I brought- I ended up with a decent spread. However I did have a few sleepless nights before the event.
I didn't take a lot of pictures during this event because, to be honest, I wasn't really impressed by my booth. Other vendors came in with elaborate display units and tablescapes for onlookers to gawk at for hours.... whereas I simply brought a homemade pin-board and a few organizers and spread it all out on the table. But don't get me wrong- I am happy with how everything went. I saw it all as a learning experience that will make my next show EVEN BETTER.
A big help was my sweet aunt, Chastity. I honestly don't know what I would have done without her. She helped my prepare, setup, wrap and bag sales, and clean up everything- all while keeping me calm! For those of you that like to read, she recently started a book review blog - BOOK LOVER. Follow her if you have the itch to read some stuff!
I literally slept for two days after the event. I was EXHAUSTED. But let me tell you- the last day of the event I chose a winner for the raffle and making that phone call made my MONTH! The winner of the raffle was cute little Iva, and here she is posing with her winnings!
Is that cute, or what?! This entire event not only left me exhausted and worn out- but inspired and motivated to work towards more shows and fairs, as well as improving my work and my brand. I have a good bit of items left over that will be listed in the Etsy shop soon enough. Though I am also working on a website- so depending on how soon that comes along I might just add my inventory there!
I hope you all are doing well! Thanks for stopping by!