St. Jude's Craft Sale Report
I then stopped at JoAnn Fabric for ONE spool of red thread. Turns out the thread was 50% off; it never goes lower than that. I picked up a couple more colors. Oops, my hands are full, better get a basket. Eighteen spools later I headed to the check out counter.
But it's a small church show so I set my expectations accordingly. Except, I increased my sales from last year by 65%. Sweet! Since my last 3 shows have shown significant increases over 2008, I'm inclined to say the reason is two-fold. One is that I'm making sure each design is stellar (she says modestly) and the other is the economy is perking up just a bit.
(I haven't forgotten that I promised to post some sub-standard designs, so you can see what I'm talking about, even though you people think I'm just being hard on myself, you silly reader-friends, you! I'll show you, goshdarnit!)
I've said that meeting people is the highlight of any show for me, second only to making money, of course. :-) My first two (separate) customers both told me they came to the show specifically to see me. This is the only show I do on the west side of the city so I guess that isn't totally surprising.
But what was extra cool was the first woman brought some examples of paper art she had stitched since she saw me a year ago. She does have a computer - so if you are reading this, please don't be insulted if I have this wrong - but I'd guess she's in her 80s. She was so excited to show me what she'd done. It was beautiful work! At one point, I put my hand on her shoulder and looked her straight in the eye, "You aren't setting up shop, are you? Are you my new competition?"
"Oh no!" she laughed. "This is just for fun." She has a friend who is also crafty so they are both always searching out new things to try, then they teach each other. Isn't that cool? Imagine how many crafts they have tried over the years??
She showed me a couple of cards and even a Post-It Note pad she'd made. We talked shop for a while, she asked me some questions. I gave her an old pattern of mine that I used when I poked the holes by hand. And I gave her a couple of circles with the designs already poked so she can either stitch them or use them as patterns to create more pieces to be stitched. I told her I didn't care if I sold anything at all that day, the joy she had from making these paper pieces and showing them to me was all I needed for the day.
Then the biggest surprise of the day, my friend from high school, John and his partner Eric came to the show - from Vermont! They were really in town to celebrate Thanksgiving with family, but on Saturday they found themselves near the show, to attend a surprise party for John's uncle's 80th birthday. So they stopped by, John saying, "I guess this proves that people read your blog!"
All in all a good day, for sure!
Labels: Craft Shows