I have just unthawed from Saturday's fair. It was my very first
attempt at selling my silver and copper works. The beaded works sold
like crazy and people oohed and ahhed over the metal stuff, but
didn't buy. They blanched at the price, but apparently the other
jeweler had the same issue, so I am not discouraged.
Lessons Learned at My First Show
Don't wear open-toed sandals to set up the tent on dewy morning
grass. Decrease expectations, increase serenity. Do not allow boredom
to make you chat nonstop with strangers. Dress in layers. Wind, cold,
and midafternoon heat are typical in Michigan. Bring mittens. Always.
Always work on improving your displays. Windproofing them is a good
idea. Accept portapotties as the only option (unless you a friends
with a nearby shopkeeper).
Take your own toilet paper.
Customers come in hordes or not at all.
Everyone is a potential customer. There are some who would rather
buy jewelry than deoderant or have regular dental care.
Select the people you enter into business with carefully. Be
prepared to deselect them. Better yet, do a brief trial run to see
if you mesh. If basic idealogy and methods do not mesh in the trial
run, do not expect time to improve the situation.
Try to avoid booths across from the kettle corn people. Set up an
account with the kettle corn.
In deselect mode,