Back again! Kate is back, tell a friend!
I know it’s been a hot minute since I last posted. My personal life has become exponentially more busy since I bought a house, and I apologize for not making blogging a priority. Life is still pretty hectic at the moment, but I’m going to make it a point to post at least once a week – not on any scheduled day, however. So make sure you’re subscribed to updates or follow me on Twitter @whilethecatnaps to see when a new post goes up.
For now, I’m going to tell you about one event (or string of events, I guess) that took over my time for a while – my second ever craft fair.
You may remember that I participated in a fund-raising craft fair last year. This year I participated in the same fund-raising craft fair (although this year it was a vendor fair rather than strictly a craft fair). It was more successful than last year and it seems that this will be a reoccurring event.
I had plenty of time to prepare and I wanted to actually have stock outside of hurriedly made buttons. I planned out different things to have for sale and estimated how much I could theoretically get done. Did I actually get everything done? Hell no. Point is, I actually sat down and wrote out a plan. I wanted to treat this professionally – at least as professionally as I knew how.
I went all out. I designed new business cards, bought items for the table display, figured out some simple branding, bought packaging… I really went all out. The plan for after the vendor fair was to list everything that didn’t sell on etsy. (Spoiler: I haven’t listed anything on etsy yet.) So I even set up my etsy store and Paypal and I even got a Square and got that set up.
I shared the table with another fiber art friend of mine. She had some crochet pieces to sell, so that helped in terms of the quantity of stock I had to make. We got to talking at the vendor fair and there may or may not be some exciting things in our mutual futures.
Anyway, I made a bunch of perler magnets, some fabric magnets, as many finished and framed cross stitch pieces as I could manage (including some framed pieces of my first design and a canvas piece of my most intricate design to date), and I filled a couple of jars with lucky paper stars. Of course, I brought back the best seller from last year, the cross stitch buttons. This year, I did hearts and monograms.
I did about as well as I had thought I would. It’s always a learning experience. Since then, I’ve bought a few more things for my table display and am thinking about what stock to carry at the next fair and what stock to make and list on etsy. I have to think about registering as an LLC and applying for a tax certificate since I’ll be doing craft fairs on a regular basis in the future.
So, that’s what I’ve been up to lately (outside of house-related shenanigans). Next week I’ll have a guest post from a good friend of mine with a DIY that I would love to try out for myself, so make sure to check back!