Here is a quick summary of the weekend:
Wednesday10 hour setup, everyone at the show is super helpful and things look so promising! For details see my last post.
ThursdayArrived at 9 to add some finishing touches, show opened at 11. Slow sales, slow enough to create a very real panic. If this is our pace we won't even cover parking for the 5 days we need it!!! As we observe we realize we are in "newbie land". This is the area that people are put in when they don't know enough to ask for a better spot. While the rows that run from one of the building to the other are full, our row of 4 booths on either side gets a cursory glance from the end and only the people most devoted to seeing EVERY SINGLE BOOTH get to us. Lesson 1: Understand location and flow before agreeing to booth location. We stepped back to figure out what will make our booth more appealing to the cursory glance. Given all of the white background that leads up to the ceiling we decided to create a line at the top to stop the eye and to decorate the large post that sits in the middle of our booth to make it more festive. We closed down at 8 with a plan to do yet more finishing touches in the morning. Biggest lesson of the day for me... Lesson 2: Standing shoes are not the same as walking shoes - my feet hurt!
so I decided to see if I could somehow have more available by Sunday. When I got home at 10 I put 5 pieces in the kiln for a single firing process. These pieces normally take two firings - I was hoping to get one or two successes.
SaturdayCrowds and sales made for a near exact replica of Friday. Still on track to have acceptable results but it was becoming apparent that some of the pieces I had hoped would fly out were not selling at all. Time to rethink my tie dyes...
SundayChecked the kiln for my new winter scenes - cutting corners doesn't work. Look for a new scrap melt that has a lot of white and green soon.
While we hoped to have a 3rd good day in a row Sunday was odd. Most of the shoppers seemed to be more interested in the event than in the purchase. Fewer people leaving with shopping bags but we had acceptable sales, signed a contract for next year (indicating that we need to be in a different space) and prepared to tear down. The rules say that you need to get proof that you are paid up, then tear down, then get a work order to have your boxes loaded out. The line of people for work orders at 5:05 was long, hard to believe all those booths came down in 5 minutes but I decided to play by the rules. Lesson 3: Turn in your work order form immediately! We turned the work order in at 7:00 and they came for our boxes at 10:30. We were not the last ones out but it was pretty lonely by the time we were done.
This was a great learning experience and it should set us up for an incredible show next year. And the best part is... I don't have to create stock for the first summer shows, which means I can spend the next 5 months doing the creative stuff that I love without concern for "will it sell"!