I have my first craft show this week!
It’s a small one being held in the offices of Blue Cross Blue Shield (a major insurance company here) and I have my brother’s girlfriend Jen to thank for getting me a last-minute table!
It’s short notice (a few days to prepare!) but this small craft show is perfect for a first timer like me. I still want to do it right though and I’ve been frantic.
First things first I’ve had to unpack from my move (Australia to New York). I’ve dug out my mom’s sewing machine and a folding table to set up a space in my room. I’ll have to find a way to organize all of my sewing things while I’m here or I’ll never have any table space!
Sewing with my mom’s machine is so intimidating. It’s much more powerful than mine and pounds away like a jack hammer. My machine in Sydney feels so delicate compared to this, although it has made sewing through all the layers of the purses a breeze!
Speaking of purses, they will be one of my main items for the show on friday. I’ve made an extra 15 to take with me (minus one I destroyed) and managed to pull them all out in just two days.
As far as I know, Jo Ann’s is the only fabric store around here. I managed to find some fabrics I liked, in addition to some I brought from Sydney. The children’s fabrics and quilting cottons are plentiful but their fancy fabrics are a bit lacking. They seem to range from Halloween costume to asian inspired silk patterns. I’ll have to look around on the web for another store in the area to try, there must be one!
In addition to the purses I’ll be selling these swag t-shirt necklaces. They were really easy to pull off in a hurry and I’ve already got a stash of 15 from one afternoon. I’ve got more fabric to make some more before friday. If they go well at the show…or at all…I might add them to my etsy shop!
The third item I will be selling will be my custom coloring books! I plan on having my niece’s book on display, and the fabric books on hand to sell with crayons and blank paper. I will give along with the book a coupon for their 12 photo coloring pages that they can redeem online. I think that might be the best way to work it out.
I’ve put a lot of thought, and work, into my table display. I don’t want it clear that it is my first show! I’ve made a swag of pendants out of craft paper and black tape to hang across my table that says Megnificent Made. I also used the stamp I made in my blog tutorial of my logo to print heaps of fabric to put on parts of the table (I also have a plain black table-cloth). I made sure I have different heights to my table and that there will be good signs for everything as well as new business cards made up… which means I still have plenty of work to do.
Please excuse me from the blog tomorrow and I can promise some news on Friday after the show. Wish me luck!
ps…My brother shared with me today that my sweet little niece Riley, my inspiration and recipient of the first custom coloring book, is taking it to school with her tomorrow for her first show and tell. I’m so honored! Would it be tacky of me to send along some business cards? :p