Wow, I'm feeling really overwhelmed right now. If you've been following my blog (admittedly, there haven't been many posts to follow lately) or my facebook page, you know that I signed up for a craft vendor booth at the Carytown Watermelon Festival coming up soon. Well, "soon" has become 6 days away, and I am now filled with self-doubt and anxiety. Awesome. I have been working my ass off trying to get enough jewelry made for this festival, as well as trying to figure out displays and marketing. I have no idea what I'm doing. None.
Last fall, I decided I would have a small table set up at the Barbeque Festival in Lexington, NC in conjuction with High Rock Outfitters, an awesome coffee shop/kayak/outdoor adventure shop which sells some of my jewelry. Well, the festival was a complete bust for me. I didn't sell a single piece of jewelry. Apparently, barbeque folk are not art jewelry folk. I know, big surprise, right? Fortunately though, I didn't have anything but time (making jewelry, etc) invested in it.
This festival is a different story in that regard. I think I may have bitten off a big ol' piece of somethin' I can't chew. I have been wanting to break into the craft fair / festival scene for a while, and when I found out about the Watermelon Festival, I thought it might be a great opportunity in my own new town, etc. I applied in April, and when I hadn't heard anything by June, I figured I hadn't been accepted. No big deal. By then, I had talked to more people, and had been given some advice about not applying for shows that were really about something else, like music or food or whatever. Fine. Well, one day I checked my bank statement and my check for the entry fee had been cashed. No email or acceptance letter or anything, just a cashed check. So I had to dig around and find someone to contact, who got back to me a few days later saying that yes, information would be sent soon, but that if my check had been cashed then I was in. Ok...... So that was my first clue that this might be a little squirrelly. But I had paid my booth fee, so I was doing it. And I got to work.
Now, knowing that this festival was not just a craft show, I thought I better make some lower end pieces because that's probably the crowd that's going to be there. Hopefully a little more willing to spend some money on jewelry than barbeque folk, but still, it would be mainly impulse buys. I'm thinking $30 and under will be the majority of sales. So I have a stockpile of small simple copper earrings in circle and triangle shapes that I will sell for around $10. I have sets of wine glass charms that will be $12-15. I have sun-catchers made of copper wire and sea glass for about $20, and I made watermelon enamel jewlery!