This is not a usual post, but I thought I’d have some fun with this one! Craft fairs! Oh my, oh my.
I recently participated in a craft fair and it was so much fun. I loved engaging all of the shoppers. I became a listening ear to a teenaged girl venting about her bossy younger sister. I encouraged a woman dealing with the expected passing of a loved one. I chatted with my neighbor’s grandson about building stuff with his dad. And I gave away one of my purses to a girl who was perfectly silent as she walked by with her parents. (I had a hunch she wanted one, but her self-control was irresistible to me, I wanted to reward her!)
Craft fairs are those things where you go to just have fun! When I go, I often feel like Ariel from The Little Mermaid lost in the sea of “whose-its, whats-its, and thinga-ma-bawbs.”
However, being in one is different. You have to bring something people actually want to buy!
Fingers crossed, I had been working on my purses since the summer. It takes a long time to make one completely from scratch (I don’t use patterns). From design, cutting, sewing, ironing, tweaking, to finished product it seems to take forever. (I design every purse differently depending on the clothing I repurpose.)
Totes, over the shoulder, and a couple of shoulder bags (not pictured). Since this was my first and maybe only craft fair, I was surprised that I sold 13 out of the 19 purses. Totally fun, and worth sitting under the air cooler. I was so happy that I sold so many because I got to donate my proceeds to a cause I am in love with! You can check it out at Reload Love. I also got a few commissioned projects!!!
Kelli Muwumba -It was great to see Kelli again! She was an old college friend and work colleague. The art in this photo is her husbands art. Davis Muwumba is a talented artist! Check out his website if you like Afro-art!
My sister in law, Bekah. She made adorable little headbands for baby girls (on the right). She sold the headbands to donate to an adoption fund of a close friend.
There were a few other artisans that I really enjoyed. The mysterious “apple-butter” woman was amazing! I didn’t know a cracker could taste so good! I can’t forget the concession stand -it is what it is. The nachos were typical. But the hot cocoa -yummy. Always the same; always delicious.
Do you go to craft fairs? Street markets? What do you like or dislike about them? Do you go to just to look, chat with the people, or for bargain fun? What is your favorite type of purse or thing to get at the market?