Sunday, July 7, 2013
If I had a "classic" piece from all the work I have made, I would say it is this little barn. I have been committed to making this piece for awhile now, and have never grown tired of it. I sold two of them yesterday to a very sweet collector that came out to Saxapahaw during the farmer's market just to pick them up. Michele, thank you so much for giving my little barns a wonderful new home! I have very special customers, and they get this sparkle in their eye when they leave with their package and their little barn. It's hard to explain, but I almost cry every time I sell one of these things. It's so nice to see how happy they make the new owners!!! I only have a few of these left and probably won't make anymore, at least for awhile. I want them to stay special and mass producing them would take away some of the magic in making them and owning them, I think.
So check this out.... I pay $9 each week for my space at the market. Except for one unfortunate week, when I didn't sell one thing, I have had pretty good Saturdays there, it's definitely worth the effort to show up each week. On the other hand, last November, I paid $525 for my booth at the Carolina Designer Craftsmen Show, plus membership dues, I sat there for three days and also one day set up, and last night I made more in four hours than I made in four days at the CDCG. Unreal! I got to listen to some great bluegrass instead of stale muzak Christmas tunes, I got to soak up some much needed vitamin D, met some great people, and basically had a really good time.
The farmers market is certainly a long ways from the exquisite crafts at the CDCG, there are some really ticky tacky crafts there unfortunately, but there are also some really nice crafts, good food vendors and fantastic music. It draws people from Cary, Greensboro, Raleigh, Durham, Burlington, and there are always folks bringing out of town guests out for the evening. Last night I had a customer that was going back home to England today and another visitor from Australia. It's a fun night and I'm glad that I made the commitment to show up each week. In the past, I would back out at the last minute because it was hot, or I was tired from a busy Saturday, or anything basically to find an excuse not to go. Not this year, I'm showing up!
This year seems to be about commitment all of a sudden. I joined Weight Watchers last Friday as my scale tipped into the zone of no return.... got to get a grip on this eating thing! More later about this topic :) Now I need to commit to my studio and get some work made! A new week is ahead of me, maybe this will be the one when I actually get something done, ha!