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.
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!
Here’s the details!
Spring Community Carnival
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!
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.
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.
A few weeks ago I was browsing Etsy and I found myself looking at cross stitch patterns. A few minutes later I was printing out my new purchases to put into a binder, and ordering embroidery floss online to pick up at Michael’s on my next trip into town.
The first pattern I stitched is going to be a gift for Tracy over at Art Resurrected so I can’t post the photos yet. But I can share some of the others I’ve stitched since.
First up is Live Laugh Lube. This one made me laugh and the seller has some even better ones I hope to be stitching soon!
Then I stitched up these little cuties. They, and others, will be going into 4″ x 4″ frames to be sold at the Antelope Valley Indian Museum on December 1st.
I’m currently stitching a really fun design (and ooooh all the colors!) but it’s also a Christmas and I’m not sure if she follows this blog, so I won’t be posting it until she’s received it.
I’m having a lot more fun doing this than I thought I would be and I can’t wait to get started on my next projects!
As you know, this last Saturday I did a craft fair at the Antelope Valley Indian Museum. It ended up being me, and 3 other crafters, two of which I already know and am friends with. The third was a woman my other two friends had met at another event previously and passed along the event’s info to her.
Another vendor’s husband took this photo of me sitting at my table. My space was a little chaotic, but luckily people weren’t shy about digging through the bins with my knit and crochet pieces, and picking them up, trying them on, and in general checking things out.
My three earring display racks were divided up by $5, $10, and $15, and while I didn’t sell a lot, I did make about $70 over my table fee (the event was only 3 hours long) and that’s money I can put towards my trip to Washington state to visit my friend Nikki somewhere in the next few months. That makes me happy! 🙂
I did sell a few pieces I really didn’t think people would be interested in, though not as many of them as I had hoped. I might be making a donation to the thrift store really soon with some of the items I just can’t move. Not the best outcome, but it happens. Sometimes things just flop.
Anyway, if you came out to see us Saturday, thank you and I hope you had a great night! We had fun and I know I would do the event again if asked to.
Saturday night I will be at the Antelope Valley Indian Museum selling my makes at the craft fair and chili cook-off. There will be a campfire, cowboy singer, chili cook-off, coffee, and cocoa! You can download the flyer for distribution and more details here, HotH Flyer 15.
Chili, Crafters, and Cowboy Songs at “Holidays on the Homestead”
Visit the Antelope Valley Indian Museum on Saturday, December 5th from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. for an old-time country Christmas celebration! Originally a 1930’s homestead, the historic grounds will be decorated in vintage holiday style with live acoustic music around a campfire, a chili cook-off, tours of the grounds, a country craft boutique, real cowboy coffee brewed over the fire, and hot chocolate or cider for the kids! Explore the unique hand-built museum and whimsical grounds at night with soft lighting and the smell of fresh greenery, and the wintery sky sparkling over the desert.
Stay warm around the blazing bonfire while cowboy singer Michael Tcherkassky, “The Saddle Serenader”, croons the romantic poetry about life on the range that cattlemen composed by day during their journeys across the old west, and was then shared around the campfire when the sun went down. Michael has performed traditional cowboy songs and poetry for many years at the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival and other events around the country.
The country craft boutique features one-of-a-kind handmade gifts. The crafters carry on the artistic spirit of Howard Arden Edwards, who built the Indian Museum to house his collection of American Indian artifacts. The Craftsman-style building is decorated with his colorful representations of Indian culture and creative hand-made furniture. This is a great opportunity to support local artists and find unique gifts!
Rose Edwards was known for her tasty rib-sticking chili and cornbread feasts at their holiday celebrations. Try Rose’s original 1930 Christmas chili recipe and the chili cook-off entries, complemented by delicious cornbread generously provided by The Lemon Leaf Café. Our 2015 judge will be ranger Colin Daxon, who recently joined the department.
Event admission is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6-12, and ages 5 and under are free. This event is a fundraiser for the non-profit Friends of the Antelope Valley Indian Museum, which provides funding to help keep the museum open.