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 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!