Playing Catch Up

Now that Valentine’s Day is approaching, maybe I should get around to posting pics of my booth at the 2012 holiday show.   The show ran from Nov 30 – Dec 24th in an empty store front in Midtown Memphis and participants took turns staffing it.  I had many more sales this year because I had a better variety of products and price points.   I also set up shop with other women makers at a Memphis Cash Mob event in the lobby of our local literacy agency.  It only lasted a few hours one rainy afternoon, but lots of people came and everyone did well.

Here is the whole setup.  It looks a little awkward and there is too much empty wall space, but I will remedy that next year.  We never know where our booths will be until the last minute so it is hard to plan ahead.  This year  I bought some fancy gridwall to better display the bibs.

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I went ahead and made aprons even though everyone is making aprons.  I used large-scale prints with coordinating fabrics for backs so that they are reversible.  The best seller was the Buddha apron which is second from the back in the pic below.  I bought a lot more of that fabric for next year.

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These birdseed ornaments sold as fast as I could make them!  I made the boxes out of recycled cereal boxes and nestled the ornaments in shredded tissue from last year’s gift boxes.

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My sister made these adorable house ornaments.  There was only one left at the end of the show.

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This was the big surprise of season.  I made about 30 decoupage ornaments using pages from fabric catalogs.  I was just sure that most of them  would be coming home with me after the show closed.  But I sold every single one of them and many of the people who purchased them bought two!  These take a long time to make and I even took the supplies on vacation with me.  Many were assembled while we anxiously watched last year’s presidential election returns in front of a fire in a cozy condo in North Carolina.

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Other merchandise included hand knit caps, black and white fabric books for infants and recycled yarn.  I only sell one or two lots of yarn every year, but I will keep putting it out because people think that recycling yarn is cool and the pretty colors draw them into my booth.

Things went so well in 2012 that I’m looking to do more shows next season.  And I am starting on the stitching now to avoid the last-minute making frenzy that happens to procrastinators like me!

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4 Responses to “Playing Catch Up”

  1. Utilize Levels in your Crochet Craft Booth | Crochet Business | Guest Blogging | Crochet Blog | Crochet Jobs | Selling Crochet Says:

    [...] out this display by Get Stitchy with Sarah. I like her use of the bookshelf to display her knitted hats. I also like her wire display wall [...]

  2. Joy Says:

    Just found your blog and will be back to read more. I love the decoupage ornaments and all your craft show items – beautiful! I’m moving to Tennessee next year and I’ve been looking for Tennessee bloggers; that is how I found you. :)

  3. Sister Says:

    Yay! You posted! Those decoupage ornaments are awesome. I can see why they sold so well!

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