Last Saturday, I participated in my first "show". As I told you last week, a local antique store was having a sidewalk sale and offered spaces for vendors to come in and sell their wares. So, since my house was beginning to look like a furniture store, I decided I'd give it a try. I didn't have a ton of stuff (thank goodness) but here is a look at some of it:
I say "some" because by this time, I had already sold a few things. This picture was taken around 9:30.
It was quite windy out, so I was unable to set my signs on easels on top of the furniture as I had planned. They kept blowing over.
I didn't sell nearly what I had hoped but I managed to sell enough that I have a little space back. Plus, some of this will be headed to the Fancy Flea Market next week in Lakeland so it's all good.
Interestingly, one of the first things I sold was this:
At the last minute, I decided to make this DREAM banner. I hung it across the front of the desk (but you don't see it in the picture because it was already sold).
The lady that bought it asked me for my card which I gave to her along with my phone number. I'll admit that I rarely give out my phone number but for some reason, I simply gave it to her without thinking.
Well, yesterday after church, I received a phone call from this lady.
She ordered eight more! Count them...1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8!
She would like 7 of them to have the names of her grand children and the 8th will say Dream.
I was very excited.
OK...to many of you, this would be no big deal. But I'll admit that I have been very (VERY) tentative to put myself out there. I keep telling myself "This is a HOBBY". Don't take it seriously. So I haven't. Plus, I enjoy my leisurely lifestyle and the flexibility that I have to go do things with my kids whenever I want to.
But I just can't keep everything I love to make and do so, I guess the next thing to do is to sell it. So for months, I've considered opening an Etsy store just so I have a venue for the things I love to make.
But I don't want the selling part of it to become an obsession. If it falls in my lap like this order for 8 banners, then great. But actually trying to drum up business is not what I have in mind. That is why you haven't seen an announcement from me regarding my Etsy Store.
But...look for me to do so in the coming days.
In the mean time, I thought I'd share my fall mantel with you along with my first "Dream" banner.
Oh...and I almost forgot to mention....That pumpkin painting on my mantel is a one I did at Painting With A Twist. Read about my first visit there here.
Happy Fall ya'll!