Thursday, September 06, 2007

I did it!!!

I made it through the first day of my first craft fair/festival ever!!! I'm still standing, ok now I'm sitting and still have a smile on my face. Lessons learned from day one: a.) give yourself plenty of time to set up your table. Four hours was barely enough...believe it or not! b.) do not sell vintage buttons for 25 cents each. Someone will snatch them up and sell them in their booth! It was a really fun day and I got tons of great feedback from people. Here are a few horribly dark pictures. I promise more tomorrow. I'm off to bed and back to the bonanza in the morning. My table was next to The Junk in My Trunk. Such fun vintage buttons she has. I could have looked at them all day long. Thank you all for your bloggie love. I really felt your support today! Love having a cheering section. I appreciate it so very much:)

41 comments:

Renee said...

Your booth looks fantastic, way to go. Here is to all of your sales in the next two days. Congrats on making it through your first day!

Alison Gibbs said...

Well done. Your table looks wonderful. Have fun.

Karen Ross Smith said...

You're kidding about someone selling your magnets at their booth....right? That's terrible...and kind of sad really, how pathetic. Your booth totally rocked and I was SO SO jealous. I've got some major work to do on my display. I can't believe I am still awake...what's wrong with me. Oh wait, it's that blogging addiction we talked about. tee hee

Thanks for being a good booth mate!

Karen

Allison said...

Kari, your booth looks wonderful!! I can't wait to see it in person. I hope to be there close to 9am tomorrow. My sister-in-law and I are leaving around 8am to battle the traffic from Burnsville to Medina. Can't wait!!!

allie
www.mycozyhome.typepad.com

Stacy/Creativemuse said...

Kari You have such wonderful style and finesse! Are you sure you need to go back? I had bet you would be sold out with in the 1st hour! Best of luck!
warmly
Stacy/Creativemuse

Anonymous said...

Kari, your table looks amazing! Pure eye candy. Congratulations on your first booth. Very exciting. Hope to see you soon! -Ginger

Cerri said...

Kari!! Your booth looks amazing! Wow!!
I hope you are selling out of everything! (and I'm sure you are!)

Ok, and I have to say, if you were selling cute vintage buttons for .25 I would have snatched all up too, but I wouldn't have sold them in my booth there! (I'd have put them in my etsy store. LOL, just kidding!)
How much did she sell them for?

Hope the rest of the week goes just as wonderfully for you!!
Can't wait to see more photos!
~Cerri xoxo

tammyCA said...

It looks great - very, very creative as all your stuff is. Boy, what kinda doofus would turn around & sell the buttons at her booth at the same place??! sheesh.
Good luck with the following days.

m i c h e l l e said...

Oh Kari your booth looks SO fabulous and yummy!!! SO happy for you and hope you sold LOTS and LOTS!!!! Can't wait to hear more details and hope the rest of your lessons are ones like..."have more stock because so many people want ArtsyMama Originals!" Sweet dreams, dear! :-)

Fiona said...

Looks fabulous! More cheers for today!

KARA said...

wow your booth looks amazing very proffesional.
Congrats
kara
x

Jeanne said...

Congratulations on your first day! Do you have anything left to sell on day 2? Your table set up looks fabulous! Love it! I see it is an indoor event - for some reason I thought it would be outside. So much better this way as you don't have to worry about the weather and all! Good luck tomorrow...but I don't think you'll need it!

Bonnie said...

Wow Kari-your table setup is amazing! I wish I could see it in person. You have outdone yourself and made such a lot! I hope you do well and have fun! funny about the vintage buttons! Don't forget to drop by later for my spring blog party!

Christi Snow said...

oooooh, your booth is so gorgeous!! Congratulations on your first day!! smiles...

L Melohn said...

It looks great! Congratulations! The booth looks so inviting!

La

Renee :) said...

Oh wow,your booth is beautiful!Makes me wish I could be there now to see all your pretty stuff!I'm sure this will be a great memory of yours....maybe you will start selling at shows/fairs country wide now. :)

dawn said...

Your booth looks amazing - congratulations!!! Wish that I could be there to see all of your pretties in person.

MNScrapbookmom said...

Your table looks fantastic !!! Everything looks gorgeous !!! I am hoping that you will put your remaining items that you don't sell there on your Etsy.. :) That way I can buy something. :) Back to working on my Sweet and Sinister items... ¥

Tammigirl said...

Kari~

Wishing you sweet success, everything looks wonderful! I hope you get to meet Ki and Sue

CB said...

Your booth looks great, I wish I could make it there this year.

Amy P said...

Beautiful set up! You did great!

Sugar Bear said...

Your booth looks wonderful. I can't believe someone bought your buttons and resold them!
Karla

AmyB said...

Kari,
Your booth is "the bomb" as we say out here in the OC in CA! Wish I could see it in person. I hope you make oodles & poodles of money. Is it hard, however, to part with your lovingly collected and/or crafted items? Being a horder, it would be hard for me to let go!
-Amy B.

Dawn said...

What fun to click on the booth photo and sloooowwwwly take in all of your goodies!
All the best for another good day!

Sheila Rumney said...

I just love your booth! Wish I could be there! Good Luck.

Babsarella said...

Love your booth!!! Looks like a lot of fun. Wishing you tons of success!!!

Simply Me Art said...

Congratulations, you Deserve it!!!! Have Fun

Junie Moon said...

Your table looks gorgeous and congratulations on achieving a successful first festival.

Anne said...

You go, girl! I wish I could be there in person to cheer you on and to buy lots of your fantastic treasures for myself.

Nura Keif said...

Wow that looks amazing!!

Tami said...

What a yummy booth! I'm sure you won't have much to take home at the end. Sounds like a great day. Bad karma to the button re-seller!

Secondhandrose said...

Oh, your booth looked smashing darling! Wish I could go! More pictures please.

Karen

cari said...

Yeah!!! You survivied!!!
Way to go!!! I knew you would do it!!!!
The scary part is over, now just relax and let the weekend unwind!!!! Enjoy all your new friends and have fun. Remember that saying, "What comes around, goes around!" when you think about the button lady! And a few deep breaths will work today!
I just talked to Mary Beth and she said your booth was darling!!! Love the picture!!!!

Lisa said...

Your booth looks fabo..Yeah you!!! Looks like a ton of work went into it. I was planning on coming even talked big daddy into it too. Then we moved to TX bummer.

kris hurst said...

Your table is beautiful!!!!

HopHopJingleBoo said...

oh your booth looks so sweet and fun like your mannikin display with the wands..

Laume said...

Too bad about the buttons being resold. I made that same mistake once selling homemade biscotti at a holiday craft sale. I priced them way too low and someone came and bought me out of my entire supply in the first five minutes. She didn't re-sell it though - I suspect she gave them as holiday gifts. And I did get to spend the rest of the craft fair enjoying other people's booths as that was all I had to watch in the one I was participating in. So it wasn't ALL bad.

Melissa Lobdell, Little Melfred's Studio said...

Your booth is absolutely lovely!!!! Beautiful things to share and a beautiful display!!!! xo-Mel

KJ said...

A little far for me to travel, but I definitely saw things I would want. Your display is very inviting!

KJ

Michelle E. ~ Vintage Pastiche' said...

I just had to wipe the drool off my keyboard!

Your booth looked SO YUMMY!! I just love the presentation and the colors!

Congratulations Kari and don't worry about the button incident....bad button karma; what goes around comes around! ;)

*muah*
Michelle

Lola Enchanted said...

I'm screaming. I'm giddy! You've just put me in a GREAT mood!!! I love your tables, art, blog, etc.!!!!!!!! I'm so glad I visit your blog!GORGEOUS eye candy!!! OH my gosh! I can't stop looking!!!!! OH sweet artsy mama!!!!Thank you!~