Yet, I have never participated in an art/craft event. And certainly not one leading up to the biggest gift giving holiday in the US. Until NOW!
When a friend of mine told me about Local 64's plan to have an Under $100 Pop-Up Art / Craft Show on Saturday, December 1st, I jumped on the chance. It's super close to home (travel is often a barrier for me, since Lupus is not very travel friendly.) And reasonably priced.
As you might imagine, being a bit inexperienced with art / craft shows, I'm feeling a bit nervous and a bit under pressure to pull together something amazing.
Off the top of my head... I'm nervous about the following scenarios...
- No one comes to my booth (but everyone else's booths are overflowing with customers).
- People come to my booth and scoff at my wares ("Blindfolded dolphins could make that!")
- People scoff at my prices. (I'm certainly guilty of walking into a booth and thinking "I wouldn't pay $X for that!")
- Having the worst display / booth in the whole event.
- Running out of change!
- Not being able to handle the dozens of people all in my booth who are fighting each other for all of my cool stuff.
- Running out of stuff.
Here's what I'm doing to prepare:
- I've been packaging up some of my creations so they stay clean, and so they are ready for grabbing or for gifting.
- I've borrowed a card table and nice off-white table cloth from my mother-in-law.
- My helper is investigating an additional table possibility, along with folding chairs so we can be comfy.
- I've got a couple small book cases that can stand on the table to display books at eye-level.
- I've gathered a few little orange crates that can organize smaller things.
- Make sure I have the right kind of change. (I see a trip to the bank in my near future.)
- Make an inventory and price list easy enough for my helper to use.
- Make more business cards!
- Make more stuff!