Here are 9 of the purses I had for sale at the first show. I had a worktable set up at the front of our booth, so I could sew custom ribbon bows and/or ribbon rosettes for an added touch to the purses.
It was great fun seeing some of my high school classmates and friends who stopped by to see what I'm doing.
A surprise happened after we got set up. The person who had the booth right next to ours was one of my library sewing students! We were both totally surprised to see that we were right next to each other.
The next week we set up at a church in the downtown area. It was held in their dining room and was decorated for Christmas so beautifully. Lee decided to make a special cookie that he has been making from a recipe included in one of our Bible study workbooks. The study was on the Book of Esther. They are called "Haman's Ears," are made with wheat flour and an apricot filled center. They are really delicious, so he sold out of his cookies within a few hours!
Our next show, a week later, was at a school in the east end of the county. We found out that another friend had a booth in the same show! The friend's wife does paintings and is more experienced in doing craft shows. Their booth was very creative: put together with old doors to make it look like you're walking into an art gallery. It was really imaginative! Lee made more Haman's Ears cookies and sold out, again!
Our final show was on Dec. 11 at the high school where I worked for 12 year total, from where I retired in 2002. I saw many of my former co-workers and neighborhood friends, plus I made some new friends. It's been fun making friends with some of the other craft show vendors. Some were new at it, like us, and some were seasoned.
The day after our third show, I went to another two-day craft show at one of the local high schools. I was in hopes of finding a vendor whom I had met at a craft show last year when I was "scoping out" the local craft shows seeing how they work and what products were being sold. She had given me some good tips on getting on the craft show circuit, so I wanted to tell her that I had taken the plunge. I found her in the same spot she had last year and we chatted for several minutes. She gave me some more good tips and congratulated me on my new venture.
I decided to look around to see what was being offered at this craft show. I ran across a new idea, for me: a bow making system. After perusing the finished product, I found out that the vendor had developed a set of templates to help the bow-making process be much more easy and quick. I was sold! I could add these cute bows to my ribbon purses making them more appealing!
When I got home, I had to sit down and start making some of these new bows. They went together very quickly and came out looking so beautiful. I am so grateful that I found this system. I have made all new bows for 10 of the ribbon purses and I think they look great!
|Lee setting up his cookie display.|
|Here, I'm working on a special order ribbon bow and a rosette for a headband. I offered one size fits all headbands for sale with a free ribbon bow or rosette. They sold well!|