After Saturday, I was mentally exhausted. Sunday the physical exhaustion set in, and Monday I don’t know what happened. Catch-up, I think, on everything I had let slide the week before. Tuesday we drove my mom to the airport (an all-day affair due to the distance), Wednesday was “oh crap we don’t have everything for school!!!!!”, and Thursday I sent my eldest two off to public school for the very first time. And that brings us to today, and I am wearily getting back into the swing of things.
So! Art Fair! It went well. I had reached half of my “dream goal” (10% of what I had brought, which was the common figure I had seen when researching art fairs) when the skies opened and the rain poured down. We stuck it out for a couple more hours, but I had no sales after that downpour. I have some ideas to try for next time, and now I know that I do -not- like using etsy’s card reader for art fairs (I had a bunch of discounts going- the more you bought, the less you paid- and I did not make listings for those ahead of time). We did many things right, however, so I’m hopeful that the next one will flow even better.
The whole booth shot with my patched-together sign.
I was surprised that none of my originals sold-people kept stopping to look at the ones on the right. I didn’t sell any journals and fewer bookmarks than I had thought, but I had them arranged in such a way that people might not have been able to tell what they were. I sold mostly prints, greeting cards, postcards, and note card sets, so if I’m in the local fall fairs I’ll probably concentrate on those.
So now that that’s over, we’re concentrating on our upcoming move to a much bigger house and the round of fall fairs and exhibitions that our town puts on. I applied for the big one, but it has less space, so the booths are rather limited. I’ll also be applying for our art center’s “Affordable Art” display, which is where (last year!) I sold my first original. Fond memories.
So art on, my friends, even when you have a case of the blahs like I have. It’s still here, although I did push through and draw this last night: