Craft Fair Hell Has Ended...FINALLY!

November 3, 2008 11:17 by ehouston

A month ago I got this crazy idea I would attend a local craft fair.  Luckily I already had some stock and I figured things would just fall in to place.  Then, I started back to my old thrift store scouring ways and began finding all kinds of bits and bobs to create new items.  That is when everything went haywire, then and when I decided to attend a second craft fair a week before the other.  For you crafty types out there, you know how it is.  You start to get ideas and then you have to get those ideas out of your head and create...whatever it is you are dreaming up.  So, that is how I spent the last month.  I had a good time, but I did end up with a lot more stuff than I ever would have imagined possible in such a short time frame.  In the end, both craft fairs I attended were pretty much a bust.  I made back my booth money, but no real profit.  Most of the other people in the booths around us had the same experience, and some of us could not decide if our stuff was just mismatched to the rest of the attendees or if the economy really just had people so down.  Either way, it was fun to show off what I had created and I did get lots of very sweet compliments.  Although, I wish some cash had traded hands along with the kind words.  ;0)

As promised, I am including photos of my bigger booth set up.  These also include items that will be posted to my Etsy shop over the course of this next week.


From way back...vintage quilts and tablecloths are the base.



Front right side of booth....keepsake and jewelry boxes.



Front right side continued....with holiday decor....


Right side, back stuff...


Back stuff, vintage fabric decor, bookmarks and handbags...


Front left side back to left corner....vintage fabric pocketed aprons and more handbags.

Here is my mom fixing up her display of handmade ornaments on our kitschy silver tree.  She created the most hysterical things from polymer clay and recycled light bulbs.  Her imagination always amazes me and when all was said and done we did a great trade for Christmas gifts this year.  I know some lucky people that will be getting some pretty cool ornaments for their trees!

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Arranging the ornaments.... and my Holiday Albums underneath.

Some of her creations....

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Pig with Lipstick (she could not resist!)     Smiley Bumblebee                                  

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Sweet snowman with earmuffs            Smiley Reindeer

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Very cool Mermaid                 Funky Dragonfly

I also stumbled upon several other Etsy crafters while I was there.  Kim Smith, owner of White Cottage Design uses quite possibly the coolest color combos evah!  I really wanted to indulge myself and purchase one of her owl shadow boxes, but I never got a chance to go back over to her booth.   She shared her set up with Jodi Reeves of The Creative Jar, also known as "Jodi The Crafty Chick".  She makes really neat paintings and being textile obsessed, I also admired her fused plastic bags with bits of fabric- super hip!  I had a very fun conversation with the owners of Ragan's Fabric and Goodies and Just For Us Girls.  Cheryl and her husband were a hoot and she makes the sweetest clothes from Amy Butler fabrics. 

Check out these shops when you get a chance and help support some really great people/crafters/artists while you are at it!

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November 4. 2008 02:56

Linda Crispell

Your booth is full of wonderful things! I was wondering where my favorite striped quilts went, and I saw them in your booth!

Linda Crispell

November 7. 2008 11:27


I am new to the craft sale scene, this is my second year. I have talked to a lot of seasoned craft sale vendors and they tell me sales are going down year by year. I was told that the summer time farmers markets were the more happening thing these days, so that is the direction I am going for summer 2009. Your tables and your product look terrific. Good luck if you are doing more shows this season...I am doing 3 more.


November 9. 2008 09:50


Your booth looks amazing! This is something I have yet to try.

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November 9. 2008 18:52


Your booth set up was so awesome and you have some great items. I can't believe that you didn't do well. It certainly had nothing to do with your merchandise, I'm so sure!


November 10. 2008 04:54


Thanks everyone!!


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