I have very mixed feelings about them.
I just finished my second show and I have some thoughts.
Here are three things I hate about craft shows.
1. A lot of work without a lot of reward
To be successful at a craft show you have to have a good number of items to sale. I worked my butt off getting items ready. I had my Mom come and babysit the kids the day before so I could get ready. I didn't clean the house for almost two weeks. And I could have had about twice as many items on my table to be more successful.
2. People touch my stuff
People who have no intention of buying anything touch all my items. This bugs me! Yesterday they were giving out free snow cones at the event and little kids were touching my items with sticky hands! Eeek!
3. They can be pretty boring and I have to pee!
Basically you just sit there and wait for people to come by which can be pretty boring. And I probably shouldn't have had all that Diet Coke and water and then sat there for 3 hours! I've never had to pee so bad!!!
Ok. Now that that's out of the way. I thought I would show you my table. It needs more height and more items I know but I thought it was pretty anyway. Bad pics too. It was a little dark in the building.
And now the things I love about craft shows
1. Hearing people say, "what pretty stuff" and "how sweet".
The best was the little girl who's smile and giggles were too precious for her Mom to resist buying her a fairy wand.
2. Meeting other artists
It's nice talking to other artists and seeing the things they are making. I spend so much time online that it's nice getting out and being around like minded people.
3. Making new products
Preparing for this craft show I had to sit down and create new items. I made some great stuff which will be available in my shop eventually. Sometimes forcing myself to create new items is beneficial and I think I had some great items come out out it.