I did my first art/craft show back in October 2006. I can't believe I've been at this for a year and a half now! It's gotten to where it feels like old hat, and I'm enjoying the "night befores" more and more.
In fact, I was done - I mean DONE done - by 10pm tonight. I started around 7:30pm, added a few last-minute items to my cache, packed everything up, and loaded my Element. (I didn't know I could love a car so much.)
The lesson I've learned: simplify. I cut out one gridwall from my set-up plan, managed to get all of my display items into one tub, and opted to bring only certain collections to sell tomorrow. For the first time I will not be putting out items that are also listed in my Etsy shop. I've never oversold anything, but the possibility always stressed me out.
I'll also be selling all sorts of things I've had for so long and never quite managed to put out there: eyeglasses chains, name badge necklaces, kitschy earrings, Escapularios, and a ton of red-lined SALE items. I'll have free gift wrap for anyone who wants it!
See you tomorrow at the Bazaar. If you don't come, I'll cry. That's how much I love you.
Olives update: 62