I NEED to create to be happy,
but I REALLY don't like standing in a 'booth' trying to sell my things. I'm not sure, exactly, why that is, but it is. Really.
I could sell your stuff like a pro. I could convince a reluctant buyer that they do, in fact, want to buy whatever you are making and selling. I can smile and schmooze and chat....about YOUR stuff.
My stuff? Not so much.
I set up a tiny booth. Cute, but much tinier than anyone else's at the show.
I stand behind my space and create. Eyes on the work. If someone stops and lingers I look up and smile. If they pick something up, my heart beats a little faster...maybe they like it. Oh, no. They put it back down.
I tell you what. This has made my arts and crafts shopping different. I chat with the seller when I can. Compliment their work when I like it...even if I can't afford it.
Then a friend comes to shop...and buys! "How much will that be?" they ask. And almost all of me wants to say, "Oh, just take it and enjoy." Christmas Show and Give Away! But, I did make these really cute sales receipts! They were fun.
I was so humbled by the fact that friends did buy for themselves and to give as gifts to make others happy. Happy...that is why I do this. To bring joy and happiness.
That is why I create. It brings me joy and happiness.
Wonder if I will ever find joy and happiness in shows and sales?
One thing I did do was help a facebook friend, Marla Taviano, raise money for a project in Cambodia. I had purchased some bracelets from her girls and then I resold them. The money will go right back to them. I also created a special piece of art featuring one of the bracelets. I sold it and all the money will go to them. That part did bring me joy and happiness.
So, I had a good show and sale by my accounts. I would guess I sold as much as anyone else there. One of the other sellers even told me that because I was selling so much I was pricing things too low. See? That's what I just can't get....if I want them to sell, I want most people to be able to afford them.
A few of the artists do this full time and I am extremely grateful that I don't HAVE to sell to survive. That would take all of the fun out of it for me I am afraid.
OK. Enough ramblings of a crazy crafter creator creature.
Anyone else suffer from this particular kind of crazy?
Wanna see some more of what I had for sale?
And if you are still here, I leave you with one of my favorite new painted canvas with felt creations.