I attended my first craft show this year, the attendance from the general public was below average and this can be disheartening, but all said I learnt something from this.
What you ask did I gain?
I gained an opportunity to PROMOTE my work: I was able to hand out my business card and invite people to visit my shop
I met some lovely people and was able to interact with the general public face to face. I received ideas from passing customers and custom requests
It’s hard to keep positive when you are working alone and sales are not coming in. Receiving immediate comments from the general public was great it provided VALIDATION of my work and help maintain my enthusiasm.
How did I get this? Through eavesdropping, while customers were browsing, they can brutally honest when they think you are not listening, but it was worthwhile as this validate that I was not waiting my time.
The fayre provided an opportunity to meet other like minded people – other stallholders sharing and learning from our experience
So what next!
PATIENCE, I believe that the sales will come, and it about convincing customers that I am here for the long haul and not a flash in the pan and I believe that my commitment and hard work will pay off
I ENJOY WHAT I DO - AND - I HOPE YOU WILL TOO