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!