Wow, what a weekend!
We basically had to build up stock for BazBiz in 2-3 weeks and I was stressing out about not having enough to actually put on display! It turned out ok though. I think people were delighted and there was a lot of giggling in my vicinity. I always like to make people giggle. Here’s a quick video montage. I never take enough video or photos at these things!
I only got 1 hr of “sleep” on Friday night, and then took 3 hr nap when we got home. Since I was running out of brooches, I decided to make more and then I didn’t go to sleep until 7am again! Oops! So I’m sorry if I sounded completely idiotic to anyone who visited. I was probably running on 4% brain capacity at that point. I would’ve been falling asleep at my booth had it not been COMPLETELY FREEZING!!! AHHH! My fingernails were turning purple!
Hairy put an ad on Craigslist last week for me because we wanted an oven-ish display unit to go with my fridge-ish display unit. At first I was afraid that the unit was going to be way too huge and look weird next to my fridge, but after all the was painted and done, IT LOOKED AWESOME!!! We picked up the oven in Petaluma in the rain on Friday night, and it was totally worth it. I am hoping to store it up in the bedroom and use the shelves for tshirts and the “stove top” for other stuff, too. It’s perfectly awesome. She even put hooks on it, so that’s what the zipper clutches are hanging from.
Zambi came for visits!!!! And she brought me the cutest little necklace and phone dangly of a cartoon-me wearing a pizza scarf. She is so talented. I heart her! Also I met her mom who was super duper supremely nice!
During the craft fair, I made this peppermint candy scarf:
I put it up around 3pm on Sunday and it’s still for sale. It will be part of my big leftovers-Etsy-update which I am trying to have up tomorrow, but I have to shoot pics of everything!
From my experience this weekend, I have two new rules for being an awesome visitor at a craft fair.
1) Do not roll your eyes at price tags, or ask sellers how much something is and then say “WOW” out loud and put the item back (especially when there was also a SIGN that said how much the thing was!). It’s really rude and disrespectful. I respect that you might not like my stuff or might not have the money to buy it, and I don’t take that personally. But you need to respect the time and love that artists put into their items. I am not a sweatshop worker. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but it’s plain un-classy to insult someone to their face!
2) This should be so OBVIOUS but our booths ARE NOT GARBAGE BINS!!! HELLO!??!! Get a clue! Other crafters on Twitter were telling me that they always find trash at their booths, too. Come on, people. That’s just plain ridiculous. You’re grown-ups. And if you’re a kid, well, your grown-ups should have taught you better! 😛
I don’t mean to sound negative. I do appreciate the kind people who said hi and who made the effort to come out and see us all. It was rainy and yucky on Saturday, and still, people came to visit. Also the BazaarBizarre peeps gave us all snack baggies, which was way cool. Plus, my neighbor, Emily and her pals at Bird Mafia, were vegan so we got some extra goodies, too!
I wish I had more time to visit all the booths. I did a quick zoom around the place in the last half hour of the fair. I just felt bad to leave Hairy alone in our booth!
I look forward to going to Renegade Craft Fair next Sunday as a shopper :).