It’s still technically fall right? Even though it feels more like winter, especially since it’s December and currently snowing.
So let’s get right into it! In November, I decided to try out a craft fair. I brought along with me my paintings and macramé bracelets. My prices are quite reasonable; paintings range from $10 to $30, and all the bracelets were $5. I figured that if someone could not afford a painting, a bracelet would be more in their price range. That could at least help to get my name out.
At the end of the day, I had $55 profit after subtracting the table fee. For my first craft fair, I think is an okay amount. I have had a while to reflect, and I want to share some things I have learned.
Bring a friend. This was my number one mistake. As a lot of people have said, two sets of eyes are better than one. When the fair first started, I was sitting down behind my display. One of the first people to stop by my table was a lady. I like to think I am a professional at spotting shady people, and she sure did meet my criteria. But of course, I treated her like any other potential customer, and greeted her with a smile. I think you know exactly what came next. Yep, I’m 98% sure I saw her swipe one of my bracelets and place it between her back and her backpack. I didn’t call her out though. I remember reading somewhere that some stores have a policy where they are not supposed to call out a shoplifter unless they are 100% sure. I was not going to lose sleep over $5. If she was so poor that she could not afford to pay that small amount, then I think she needed that more that me. I was not going to let that happen again, so for the rest of the show I had to stand up in order to keep a better eye on my stuff.
Invest in a good display. Maybe this is why not much of my stuff sold? I don’t know. I didn’t have any fancy display decor or whatever. I literally just made mini easels out of craft sticks to prop up my paintings, and scattered my bracelets on the table. If I ever do another craft fair, investing more into my display would be the first thing I do. But I don’t think I will be doing another one, at least any time soon.
Be Positive. I received many complements on my art. “Wow you are so talented!” “I love your work!” You know, stuff like that. Don’t get me wrong, I truly appreciate every one of them. But I’ll admit, at the time, I was starting to get bummed out. Did they really mean it? They clearly didn’t like it enough to buy it. I now realize that was a horrible way to think. I shouldn’t be mad that someone didn’t buy my art. On the other hand, I am extremely grateful to the 3 people who did buy a painting from me. Edit: I almost forgot about the few people who bought bracelets, I appreciate them too! While selling anything, I think that the most important thing is to keep a positive attitude, even when sales are low!
About the Painting
This spooky yet cute pumpkin patch was inspired by a set of 4 mini pumpkins I found at a craft store. I set them up kind of like a still life on my desk and began sketching. The background is my favorite part. I almost left the grass all one color, dark green. Adding the lighter green was definitely a good decision.
Side note: Orange is probably one of my least favorite colors to work with. I don’t quite know why, but I just feel like it doesn’t ever work the way I want it to. Do you know what I mean? Like it needs a lot more layers than other colors. Maybe its just the cheap paint.
Speaking of paint, I used Acrylic paint on 7″x 5″ Watercolor paper. This is for sale! $25! If you happen to be interested in this painting, go over to my contact page and send me a message!