|Posted on September 22, 2016 at 12:10 AM|
Goodness, I’ve got to get better about posting. I’ve been busy preparing inventory and getting ready for the craft show season. So far this year I’ve completed three with four (possibly five) more to go.
It is fun coming up with ideas for fun gift ideas that can be shared with loved ones. One of my favorites for this year has been school themed Christmas ornaments. If you have a favorite school, I will be glad to make a custom ornament for you! I am carrying to my next event ornaments for the following schools: Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, University of Mississippi, Georgia, and LSU.
I am also making more of my coasters (full cork bottoms with an epoxy finish) for my next event. Again, I can make custom items for you! How pretty would a monogrammed set for a newlywed couple be for a Christmas gift!!
Each event teaches me something new…the big thing is that each and every event is different - and each market likes to purchase different type so items. This year has been fun for me in North Alabama as I learn the different markets and what people like to see.
It has also been fun getting my booth displays exactly how I want them and where it is easy for customers to see what I have to offer. I’m on the hunt now for a narrow pencil tree to display my ornaments from – I’ve learned table top ones are a bit wobbly and easy to bump. If nothing else, I feel like I have gotten to be an expert at loading and unloading my vehicle fast. I think I have my top three things I have learned for this process (so far):
1) Once you figure out how to get everything in the vehicle, take a picture so you can remember how to get it back in there after you unload it all (learned that lesson the hard way!)
2) A wagon or set of hand trucks are extremely helpful if you have a long haul…the collapsible wagons will actual hold three folding tables without any problems. Since I can only carry one table at a time, this is a huge time saver (and back saver).
3) I try to load my inventory so it can be unloaded last – this way I can quickly set up my tables and have a place to set it as I bring it in. I can drape table cloths and such after I’m done unloading (especially important if you have to move from a loading/unloading zone quickly).
Hope these tips help someone!
I’m going to get back to my goal of posting once a week – next week I’m going to highlight some of the projects I’ve been working on.