I just finished 3 days as a vendor in Lake LA at a small carnival. It was the first year this carnival had vendors, and I wasn’t sure how well it was going to go. But it was $30 for all three days and I figured I would go Friday, see how it was, and decide whether to do the other two days after that.
Day one did not go great. I brought in $19 total, which was sadly about what gasoline costs me to drive there and back home again twice. I decided to give it the benefit of the doubt though that maybe most families would come out on Saturday.
Saturday I think I brought in about $49. At this point, I had paid for gas all three days, the space fee, and materials to make what I sold with an $8 profit. I figured I’d do Sunday too because at that point anything else I sold would be mostly profit.
Sunday was long. 1pm to 8pm-ish. I was there at 1230 to get set up and was ready to do business at 1pm. At 3pm the carnival was just opening, despite being advertised as a 1pm start. Some people were very unhappy about the delay.
I had 2 small sales early on in the day and then nothing for hours. I did a lot of socializing with my fellow vendors. Around 630pm, things picked up and I started making more sales, ending with the biggest one of the weekend right as I started packing up.
All told, I brought in $123, which after all my costs (travel, space fee, materials) I actually made about $60. Not great, but better than nothing.
My poor little introverted heart is exhausted though and needs a vacation. A vacation where there’s no other people… Lol.
A couple months back, someone I vaguely know in passing from a website I frequent took possession of several of the items I had been giving away. She wanted to compensate me somehow, I gave her my PayPal address and my mailing address and forgot about it.
A few days ago I received a package from her that was so perfectly me! She included a project bag she made, a nice card, some sock yarn, a skein of beautiful metallic embroidery floss, and a gorgeous focal bead!
To say I was thrilled is an understatement!
The project bag is perfect because my doggos are two of my favorite people!
This photo does not do the bead justice!
Anyway, thank you again, dear stranger / friend from the internet! ❤️❤️❤️
Do you guys remember what this means? Two years ago in spring, I was breaking up with my ex and I threw away, sold, or donated about 60% of my things.
Last year, with no special circumstance, I got rid of a ton of stuff again.
And this year is no different!
I’ve already purged my shop of things I didn’t love, listings for items I no longer had, and added new items that I kept putting off.
I’ve donated a ton more stuff, and I’m still finding things to sell or donate.
Right now I’m taking a good hard look at my books. I have so many books that I loved once upon a time but now they’re just taking up space. Time to let so many of them go.
I’ve also got fabrics I’m not going to use that I’m working on listing for sale. Some are full yardages, and others are project leftovers. I’d like to be able to organize the remaining fabrics into my drawers neatly, and have an entire drawer available for collecting things for swaps.
I’m also thinking about painting again. I have that event coming up in two weeks (see my last post) and it would be cool to have a few fun paintings to try to sell.
Tomorrow I’m thinking about looking at my ring blanks and maybe doing something with those. Maybe some glitter encrusted polymer clay “stones” set into them. I have some glitter that will look just like an opal!
In two weeks, I’ll be doing a small carnival as a vendor in Lake Los Angeles, California. This will be over 3 days, Friday through Sunday, and I’m hoping for great weather since I’ll be outdoors the whole time.
Here’s the details!
Spring Community Carnival
16801 East Avenue P
Lake Los Angeles, California
Friday 3/15 – 4pm to 830pm
Saturday 3/16 – 3pm to 830pm
Sunday 3/17 – 1pm to 830p
I hope to see you all there, but if not, you can always visit my shop here in this website. I’ve got about 250 amazing items to choose from!
After my big cleanup and removal of a bunch of products which were donated or taken apart to be remade, I’m spending today adding new products that I never uploaded to the site.
First up is a random collection of kids’ bracelets. There’s 3 sets of 10 available!
I’ve also added 15+ sets of hair clips with crocheted flowers (and one set with hearts!) today. These are really cute and suitable for little ones or adults!
I still have a ton of very pretty bracelets to upload but I need to compare my current inventory to what’s actually online. Adding each listing takes time and I would hate to accidently create a duplicate of something that’s already up.
So stay tuned, and maybe pop back in after the weekend to see everything I’ve added! There’s also new coupons being added to go with the new products!
And as always, coupon code LSG will get you an additional 10% off!
I just went through the few remaining physical items I had marked as free and put them in a bag to be donated tomorrow, found a few other items I don’t want to sit on any longer, made sure my etsy listings matched up with what’s still available… and I deleted almost 60 items from my shop. Some were sold out so they don’t really count, but a lot just weren’t up to the current level of perfection or were perfectly made, but just not moving.
There’s going to be some happy thrift store shoppers though! A few of my friends will be receiving gifts as well so my loss is several people’s gain.
I’m really excited to be clearing out some product, even if its just donating it, because it means I’ll have that much more space to organize and store the things I love! There’s still a few tough decisions to make (books I loved as I child, I mean you!) but I think I’m going to be a lot happier by tomorrow afternoon.
And right now if you browse my shop, there’s quite a few items on sale right now, tons of great patterns, and as always, there’s coupon code LSG for those who want to save another 10% off their purchase. I might even stick a few more items on sale this evening… hmmm… 🙂
Saturday evening I loaded up my car and drove out to East Lancaster to the Antelope Valley Indian Museum. The AVIM is way out in the middle of nowhere but the drive isn’t too far from town. About 15 miles.
Once I arrived, I pulled in behind the Joshua cottage and unloaded my stuff carrying it inside. I’ve done this event I think three times before, and the lady who runs it knows I like being by the door. She stuck a post it now on the table she knew I’d pick with my name on it. Nobody else got a reserved table… Lol.
I got set up, and my table was so cluttered but I was hopeful it would be okay.
As you can see, it was kind of a mess.
The first hour, we had almost no one come through. I got the first sale though of two face scrubbies at $3 each. And then there was nothing for a while.
I think we were all feeling a little let down by how slow it was, but going into the second hour, it got really busy and people started buying.
I had set prices on all my items except the stuffed toys and the paintings, which I told people I was open to offers. I didn’t really expect anyone to want the paintings; I had nearly left them at home.
I was happily surprised though when people loved my paintings! I ended up selling 2 of the 3. Not for a lot but they didn’t take a lot of time to make either and costs were super low.
All in all, I sold a little of everything except for earrings. It was a really good night, and I made enough over my table fee to pay off a small bill in full, and in the next few days I’ll replace one of my tires on my car.
I’ve added all my items that were put up in my shop previous to 2015 into a new clearance section at highly discounted prices. There’s about 60 items that fit this description, maybe a few more to be added.
I want to clear out my old stock and make room for my new creations as I make them. Some of this stuff will get sent to thrift in a few months.
There’s also a few hours left to get a total of 25% off of everything. 15% through the weekend for Black Friday and an additional 10% that expires at midnight tonight for Small Business Saturday. That paired with shopping clearance could get you some amazing deals!
We’re a few days closer to the Holidays on the Homestead at the Antelope Valley Indian Museum and I’ve got a few more new items! There’s a few more cross stitch pieces I want to complete for the event, but they’re small and I still have time.
I want to stitch another Woman’s Place, a counselor Troi mini, a Geordi LaForge and maybe a second Kitty Puke.
And I still need to get a couple small dishes to hold my little inexpensive items on my table. I’m hoping to find these at the dollar store though in a few days.
This event is hands down my favorite, and there’s a reason I keep going back year after year. I really hope you’ll come by and check it out too!
What’s that? Oh yes! Thirteen days until I’ll be live at the Antelope Valley Indian Museum with my awesome stuff!
I’ve been trying to work on some other inventory over the last few weeks and things are slowly getting added. I’m also adding to shop inventory while I’m at it.
I managed to get all my beading patterns up, all my crochet patterns (some of both of those are free, BTW!), and I just did a much needed cull of my commercial sewing patterns and listed I think 36 of them, most of them brand new, up for sale. I’m hoping to get some cross stitch patterns up soon too but that might take a while.
I really hope I can meet some of you at the AVIM on the 30th and you can see my creations in person. I’ll have items ranging from $1 up to about $45, for kids and adults both.