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December 9, 2012

IT'S OVER...

...My Reindeer Marketplace experience has come and gone! I'll have to admit that participating in a craft fair for the very first time was a bit stressful.  I just didn't know what to expect.  It's so hard knowing how much merchandise is needed, or exactly how to price items.  I decided to just go with my gut and try to price these scarves so they would SELL - and not have to come back home with me.

Interacting with all the customers was interesting - I just tried to make the whole experience as much fun as possible.  I think I sold a little more than half of what I had which isn't bad at all.  I learned some things, and can't say that I won't do it again next year.  I know that if I do decide to go it again I'll start production by the end of August and not be stressed with last minute preparation.   

I think the fact that I focused on only one product genre helped my sales, but making all these scarves within the last three weeks did get rather boring.  Thought I'd post a picture of my humble booth since ya'll have had to read about this for several weeks.  Uploaded through Picasa this time so I hope I'll have no further picture posting problems.


 

I am such a one-track minded person that I have not had time to focus on garment sewing AT ALL during this process.  Now, finally, I can get back to the type of sewing that I love so much - sewing for myself...

24 comments:

  1. Your booth looks very pretty! If you're selling scarves again next year, you already have half the merhcnadise... less stress already!

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    1. Thanks Uta - cause this is the first time I ever put a booth together. That's a great way to look at my leftovers.

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  2. Oh looks great. I didn't have any scarves on my stall, but I sold all my bags, a lot of the christmas decorations, only 1 apron and about half the cushions. I will have a better idea for next year though. Did you have fun?

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    1. I'm glad you did well with your sale too Ruthie. Yes, I made it fun!

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  3. Well, you had a good experience, a lot of new stuff to deal with. Now, selfish sewing,yay!

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    1. You've got that right Merche!

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  4. Glad you were able to sell and have always wanted to participate in one, but fearful of the stress factor. You did well.

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    1. Thank you Sheila! Yes the stress factor was high, I guess because I had ventured into unknown territory.

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  5. Glad your first experience was a success.

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  6. I'm glad your scarves sold so well, which is no surprise because they look really nice!

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  7. I knew your scarves would do well. They're beautiful and no doubt very well made. I'm sure you're happy it's over so that you can resume focus on sewing for you!

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    1. Yes Lynn, I'm jumping for joy!

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  8. So happy everything turned out for you! What a great job you did on the scarfs! Just to think you may be walking in a store somewhere and see one of these lovely scarfs being worn by someone is nice!

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    1. I know, that would be a great feeling.

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  9. Glad you went home with a few dollars in your pocket and some experience to refer back to for next time. It is always fun interacting with the public, isn't it?

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    1. Thanks Bunny, and yes it was!

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  10. Congratulations on your success at the craft fair! Enjoy getting back to sewing for you!

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  11. That sounds like a very successful first run! if you still have a stash of scarfs left, I'd be tempted to go again since I would already have a head start on stock for next year!
    I am not surprised that your scarves sold, they looked great.

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  12. Hi Faye. Your scarves are beautiful. I do a couple of craft fairs a year. The two that I do are like open air markets, and I tend to start working on my inventory abou 90 days in advance. I always do pretty good. I'm glad to hear did well.

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  13. I do not have boots! I keep looking for a pair, but I like a lot of arch support, and have yet to find anything cool.

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  14. It is an honour to nominate you for the Inspirational and Lovely Blog Award. You are an inspiration and I'm happy to share this honour with you!

    http://yousewgirl.blogspot.com/2012/12/blog-award.html

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  15. If those are your scarves hanging behind your table, it's a wonder you didn't sell them all, with so many beautiful colors from which to choose! Hope you're enjoying your Faye-centric sewing. Merry Christmas if I don't get back here before then.

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