Art Fair Weekend

It’s Tuesday, John and I have finally unloaded the truck and car from the weekend Craft Fair. What an experience it was!

On friday we were allowed to set up our displays at

the Summerlin Community Park. We arrived around 11 a.m., found the closest parking space we could and checked in at the organizer’s booth. We were handed a packet with an artist parking permit and a map to our space. Next we unloaded the truck and began what was a very interesting weekend.

Ready

Ready

Saturday, just as predicted, was a clear and sunny day. The festival drew record crowds, which was good for us.

Sunday started out breezy, we soon realized why 200 lbs. of sandbags was a mandatory requirement for each tent. Keeping a sense of humor was important as my dolls flew off the shelves with gusting winds. John’s wooden boxes weren’t really effected so John was able to help me “hold down the fort” on my side. Around 1:00 things calmed down, we set the dolls back up to a sitting position, (we told the little ones they were taking a nap while it was windy). Then the sky started getting dark, and darker, and clouds, then RAIN! This time John was more effected as the hand rubbed finishes on his wood work did not take kindly to moisture. The vendor in the tent behind us peeked over and said “what next, locust?”

Clouds moving in

Clouds moving in

At the end of the weekend we had a great experience to look back on, and yes we did have good sales, we would defiantly do it again. Below are some notes to myself about what we did right and what to work on the next time

What we did right;

  • Make my shelving go all the way to the ground, eye level to a child is pretty low

  • Marked the price on every item

  • Let kids pick up and hug the dolls

  • Used Paypal Here to collect payments, worked very easy

  • Did some doll construction demonstrations at the tent

Things to work on next time:

  • Didn’t bring enough business cards, I had no idea how many I’d need.

  • Wrote the inventory number on the back of price tags, all of these numbers were confusing to ¬†folks.

  • Keep better track of what sold, spent a lot of time after the fact figuring this out, yes that’s what the inventory numbers were for which I forgot to write down.

  • Took too many tables, the one in front blocked our tent off

  • Bring a box of wet wipes for the kids who did chalk art and were eating cotton candy

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