Saturday, September 12, 2009

Craft Show: Day 1

UGH.

Talk about a major, catastrophic LET DOWN.

Today was awful. Jay & I got everything set up quickly and it looked great (despite not having quite as much stuff as everyone else-- some of these people must have been doing this for 20 years!). We then played the waiting game for THREE HOURS. (WHY list set up time as 7 AM if the show itself doesn't start until TEN?)

When people started rolling in, I was psyched and all smiles, piping out with cheery "hello!"'s whenever anyone stopped to peek at my goods.

But then I realized... that was ALL they were doing. Just peeking.

It began to get torturous. People would squeal over my earrings, picking them up and saying "Oh, I really should get these, these are adorable" or, "so-and-so would LOVE these!"-- but then putting them down and walking away.

And don't get me wrong-- my prices are reasonable. I checked around-- other tents were selling earrings for a whopping 24 bucks a pair-- mine go for a mere $6.

All day long, these peekers kept coming. Jay (who is a freakin awesome salesman) would try to get them involved in a conversation, but to no avail. They would just keep on walking.

At the end of the day, I had made a grand total of ZERO dollars.

(Now, if you're keeping track. The booth fee was $100, but they discounted mine to $50 since it was last minute. So I spent $50 just to sign up, and $50 on last minute supplies.)

So I'm $100 in the hole so far. I thought this was going to be a MAJOR money maker for me-- so far I am terribly wrong.

I'm going again tomorrow & hoping that since the weather is going to be better, maybe sales will be better. I'm not going to hold my breath.

If I don't make at least $50 to cancel out the booth fee, I am NEVER doing this crap again.

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