Tuesday, October 11, 2016

First Fall Show 2016

I'm happy to report that my first fall show for this year was a great success! And, as always, I learned that you can't outguess your customers!

My metal tumblers and cozies did really, really well. In fact, I ran out of one design on Saturday and had to come home to get more made to bring for Sunday!

I was a little disappointed that my new painted signs didn't sell as well as I had hoped. I thought these would be a really popular item. But in the end, I only sold a few. I did sell quite a few of the bottle opener signs, so that was nice. I'm hoping they do well at my other shows.

I sold a nice mix of other items as well. I really think it helps me to have a variety of items without looking like a hodge podge. The items tie well together, but I have something for everyone.

My next show is this coming Saturday, so I'm stocking back up to prepare!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Creating Up A Storm

My first fall craft show is taking place this weekend, both Saturday and Sunday. So I've been creating up a storm so I'll have new merchandise for shoppers. And with the holidays just around the corner, I've been stocking my "Etsy shelves" as well.

Yeti tumblers and cozies are all the rage right now. And the knock-off brands are just as great as the expensive models. I've been using the Ozark Trail brand and have personally tested both items and LOVE them! I have several designs already in my shop and will be taking premade versions to shows with me. And as always, I can take custom orders on these as well.

The cozies are just as great. For someone like me who takes their sweet time drinking a beverage from a can, it's nice to have the last drink just as cold as the first!

Lazy Susans are another item I've recently added to my shop. I made this first design for some friends of ours that got married. And decided to make some others with fun designs. I'll be debuting these this weekend as well.

I've really been having a lot of fun with these new signs. Paint isn't usually something I enjoy working with since it can be a mess and I usually spray paint things, so I have to rely on the weather. These new upcycled signs are made from hardwood flooring. And I used acrylic paints, so the cleanup is no trouble at all!
I haven't decided if I'll be adding these to my Etsy shop or just taking them to shows. For now, I have a limited supply of flooring, so I hate to add them to my shop if I don't get more flooring. And each piece is different in length, color, etc. so I'd have to photograph each sign. (I usually like items where I can photograph once and keep relisting.) I'll see how well they go over at my fall shows and may start adding them in November. What do you think?

What have you been working on lately?
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