I took your advise and sold the necklaces for $15, several people bought four of five at a time. You were right :)
This is the first organized show I have done since the CDCG show last November, when I was in a huge convention hall with horrible lighting, concrete floors, really bad music and very few sales. Plus everyone walking around at that show looked like they didn't even want to be there. Today, ladies had on their straw hats, kids were eating ice cream, the music was live and wonderful and the sun was shining on my face. Even if my sales were not where I would like them to be, it was a good day to be alive and not indoors! I had my fill of these outdoors shows for the past couple of years when almost every show I had paid for got rained out or turned out to be a ridiculous place to try and sell art, but today made up for it.
Does this happen to you? At every show, there is the "it" tent. It usually ends up beside me. Last time I did this show the "it" tent was the gourd lady that sold the most beautiful gourds for $20, I even bought one. Today it was the bag lady. Cute girl selling bags made of recycled coffee bags and reused fabrics. Very cool bags, $20 and she nearly sold out. I always sit there watching, studying, trying to figure out this phenomenon. A woman will be near starvation with little money for food, but by God, she will by jewelry, scarves and bags. I am totally making the wrong thing to be in this festival selling business!
If I had made more ornaments I would have been the it tent too, but silly me, I thought, who buys a Christmas tree in April?! I just put six of them out as a test to see how they would sell.
Thanks to all of you that emailed me last week with your concerns, it was good to open a friendly email, instead of hate mail. I unsubscribed to the Chatham Chatlist, what a hateful thing that is. It literally made me physically ill by the end of the week, like I needed more things to screw with my mind and body. By Friday morning, let's just say my "system" was all f''d up.
Today we got in the mail our application and confirmation for a telephone line power meter. Small victory. When it is installed and I sleep through the night I will celebrate. This past week I slept from 12am-3am every night, except Thursday night I did not sleep one single hour. I had to pack and price everything on Friday and I was a walking zombie. Last night I went to bed at 8pm and slept until my power surge wakeup call at 3am. I spoke to Progress Energy and the lady I talked to actually admitted that the 10:30pm and the 3am things were probably related to their power surges.... hmmm.......
I worry for this planet, for what we are doing to it. Twenty five years ago I did not own a computer or a cell phone and now look where we are. What will our lives be like in twenty more years? It's scary to ponder that.............
Hope everyone has a beautiful week, I'm heading out to Shakori Grassroots Music Festival next week to hang with my peeps!