February 16, 2009

Craftin' on a Saturday

I spent part of this past Saturday at a craft event at a local coffee shop. I sold three items: bubble magnets, Cinnamon Foot Scrubbers and aromatic Salt Scrubs.

Some of the magnets- neutral designs.

Some more magnets- green living, leaves and polka dots designs.

My four scents of salt scrub: Rosemary Vanilla, Lavender Peppermint, Tea Tree and Lemon Verbena.

Nic sat with me until we couldn't stand the dj house music anymore! The facilitators of the event have a few kinks to work out yet, and hopefully with some good feedback we could make it really neat.

I had stopped by last week to check out what other people were selling, because I did not want to sell anything similar. The month of February is free so lots of people are taking advantage. But last week was pitiful, with mostly punk rock teenagers and one hippy girl selling odd items. This last Saturday, however, everyone was out in full force and there was a lot of variety to the crafts being sold.

Apparently recycling sweaters into new items is hot, because there were three girls there who made sweater mittens, re-spun yarn and sweater squids. Yup, I said sweater squids. But they were cute, if you ask me. Not that I like aquatic creatures! In fact I hate squid. But I digress...

I got a rockin' table next to a cool jewelry maker and her slightly odd (but stylish) friend. I was directly across from a radical NO WAR! items lady, who turned out to be a Quaker and very nice (if not politically misguided). The hippy girl was back and explained avocado seed earrings to me; she was also nice. There was also a girl who recycled clothing into, well, cooler clothing and purses, a typographic card-seller and some other people.

The community was neat and I was excited to be a part of it. I felt like a real salesperson! Although it was TOTALLY nerve wrecking to be put on the spot like that with something you made yourself. It's so different from buying and selling other people's things on ebay. This is my own unique product and I have to sell it to people!

The great news is I DID sell four items, and made a profit! In fact, I made back almost all the money I had spent on supplies to make what I brought, which was a lot more than I sold (if that makes sense). Unfortunately I can't go next week, but I will be there after that. I am also in the process of setting up a blog for my items, so people could order from me like that. I will be including the baby blocks I made for Amelie (not her set!) and accompanying crib quilts.

More to come... pray for this new endeavor for me!


Parisienne Farmgirl said...

You rock! I want to make some stuff so bad - I hate that "I'm so broke I can't make money" thing! Your packaging is great - you could glue labels on like Mom is doing to her own bottles.
I even made a tag for my Lemon curd with a little illustrated part of the Aldi shopping bag.
Your stuff looks so good! I think of you every day in the tub! (That was meant to sound weird)
Tell me the reason you can't do this Saturday is cause you are coming here!?
Photos of LeeLee coming today.
love you - PS did nic get my email valentine - did the link work??

Farmgirl Cyn said...

I think your "stuff" looks sweet!
You could always sell on "ETSY", or have you already thought of that?

Farmgirl Cyn said...

Oh yeah...forgot to comment on your sidebar of sermons....I thought "Ten Shekels and a Shirt" was absolutely life-changing. I heard it 3x in one week, and wept every time. Also, Paul Washer's preaching to the 5000 youth. What an eye-opener that one was.

Victoria said...

PF- Thank you!!
Nic never said anything about the e-mail valentine; I will ask him today though.
And sadly, no, we are going to a philosophy conference. But is in Chicago so Nic is talking about maybe stopping by your place. Depends on when we have to be at the conference. A prominent atheist and prominent theist are debating!

Cyn- Thank you!! I do have an etsy account but it is slow going. And I hate the idea of being another drop in the bucket there (lots of people making similar things). Plus they take some of your revenue for fees. Boooooo.

I am glad you liked both the sermons. Nic actually told me about the ten shekels one and said you had really been edified by it.


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