This past Saturday was the annual art festival at the local town hall and, overall and despite the economy, it was a success! We (artists) all awoke to BAD weather that morning. For me, it was heavy snow, mid-way down the hill it was slippery, sloppy snow, and down on the highway, it was freezing rain. We all were understandably worried that the weather would deter customers, but it didn't! And, truth be told, as the day progressed, the freezing rain down by the lake turned to plain, ol' rain, so travelers really didn't have to worry.
The neatest thing I noticed about this particular festival was the high percentage of locals it attracted. I heard that town was packed with tourists, that weekend following Thanksgiving, but there were hardly any at the sale. That was the down-side. But, the locals REALLY came out to "shop locally". I got a lot of "I saw the poster" or "I got your e-mail and came out just because you asked" which was HUGE! Thank you, thank you! In particular, it was WONDERFUL to see these two, and it made me realize how much I've missed seeing you and would love to take you up on that offer for a visit to your place to catch up!
The festival couldn't have come at a better time for me, personally, since I had to clear out of my office this month. So, I really got about half of my two-room space cleared out on Friday when I loaded up for the sale.
I was the happiest I've ever been with how my corner of the town hall looked this time, too. I'd chosen a new spot (a corner with plenty of wall space), and it really made a huge difference. That and having lots of stock, of course.
|I sold a couple of my homemade candles and crocheted hats, too!|
I've also learned the "trick" to selling hats now, too. Promise them to someone else or bring an already-sold hat to the sale . . . and it will sell! Doh! ;) At the summertime sale, there was a hat that looked particularly fantastic on this friend's daughter. I knew that, if it didn't sell (and, really, WHAT were the odds?), I'd give it to her for her birthday. What was the ONLY hat that sold on that hot summer day? Yup, that one.
This time, I'd just finished a hat (which, I JUST NOW realized, I never got a picture of, darn it!) that was a custom order for another dear friend's daughter. She'd (the daughter) picked out the yarn with me when they were visiting a couple of months ago. Having finished it just a few nights before the sale, I thought I'd take it down so it would "round out" the selection. And, was it one of the two hats that sold? Of course. On the up side, I wasn't 100% happy with how it had turned out, so I don't mind redoing it. But, that tricky Murphy's Law, eh?!