Saturday night was the Holidays on the Homestead event at the Antelope Valley Indian Museum and I think we all had a good time.
I did fairly well, making a lot of small sales, and I passed out a lot of business cards. I also sold a couple $15 items, which was great.
Jami of Accent Allusions did really well at the event- no surprise as she makes some easily wearable pieces.
After I got home, I used the money I earned to pay off two small bills in full and part of a third. Saturday night’s income will let me pay off and close an account a month earlier than I thought I would be able to, which is always a plus. That’s what supporting small business does! It lets an individual improve their lives.Anyway, a great night, we got to have a great chat with Jean and it was super nice to spend a productive evening with friends!
I spent some time this evening making small adjustments to the theme, which did change the appearance quite a bit, arranging menus, removing things that weren’t needed… And then I went through my products.
I removed anything that was on legally shady ground because of copyright, and I also removed most of the brick stitch earring patterns except for the few that generally sell.
This took about 75 items out of my inventory, but overall I’m pretty happy with what I accomplished.
So come by, have a look around, and remember, next Saturday I’ll be at the Antelope Valley Indian Museum from 5pm to 8pm with lots of great items, some of which aren’t even on the website yet.
It’s going to be a great night, a lot of fun, and filled with friendly people and families!
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.