Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Earth Day Festival photos

Last month, I attended Rockbridge County's Earth Day Festival as a vendor. It was my first outdoor venue, and only my second venue ever (first being a small craft show a couple years ago). Overall, it went okay. It wasn't exactly what I was expecting. I was picturing people selling more handmade items (jewelry, clothing, etc.), re-usable products, earth-friendly stuff. BUT, since they did say that people could sell second-hand items, most people were selling yard sale stuff, so it was more of a flea market atmosphere, instead of the earthy/natural one I was expecting.

Everyone seemed to love my stuff, though. *happy blush* TONS of looky-loos (not just glances, either, but the majority of people would slowly walk around my tables, looking at everything). Quite a few comments on my cloth diaper cake, I got chatted with a couple mamas who used/use cloth diapers. A bunch of people took business cards. And, I ended up selling a little over $60 worth of products. Not as much as my goal ($100), but still not bad, considering I made that goal with the expectation of more people + a different niche of folks.

Here are some pictures of my booth. This was towards the end of the day, so had sold a few things.

Front of the tent with a fabric banner I hand-painted for the other craft show (DIY tutorial here). I hope to make a bigger one for future shows.

Oopsie Daisies, Headache Helpers and Monkey-A-Rounds

Small Owie Bags, stack of cards with instructions + suggested uses, a bowl of flaxseed to show what's inside in case someone's not familiar with flaxseed.

Display cloth diaper cake. Photos of other diaper cakes I've made (it was windy, hence the magnets)

Side table... cloth wipes/washcloths (sold quite a few of these). The little sign in the back just explains that I do custom orders. And more business cards in a wooden bowl.

Basket of burp cloths, and baby/toddler bibs. I also have some hanging up across the back of the tent as seen in the first photo.

I really had a lot of fun, and I'm hoping to start doing a lot more craft shows and festivals in the future. If anyone has any tips in general, or tips on how to improve my current set-up, I'd love to hear them!


Shan said...

April, Your stuff looks fantastic! I hope you are able to do a lot more shows in the future!

Anonymous said...

well, at least you sold *SOME*stuff! the last craft show I went to was a joke...I literally sold $4 worth of stuff. :( Soo...I don't do craft shows...now it if were a Waldorf Faire, heck, yeah...I'd do one of those!! :0)