I’m happy to report I had a good show today at the 28th Annual St. Rita’s School Craft Sale today. I met new customers and got reacquainted with customers from earlier shows. Sales were good!
I had some random thoughts driving home today. Such as:
There were many fellow Rochester Artisans at this show, both selling and stopping by as customers. That translates into an automatic high Fun Factor for me, always part of my calculation in determining a show’s success.
Because I work shows alone, I didn’t have a chance to walk the show & recruit new members for Rochester Artisans. Turns out I didn’t have to – my minions, lol, did an outstanding job – as they always do! I had a nice handful of artists approach me, asking how to join. (Click the purple Yahoo Groups Join button in the sidebar!)
The Taco in a Bag was as good as advertised! I’d heard about it from another artist – but then last year they didn’t have it. But they did this year! It’s a bag of Doritos with taco meat, shredded lettuce & cheese and optional sour cream thrown into the bag. It was piping hot and so delicious! It was also very fragrant because it certainly got the attention of a few of my customers when it was delivered to my space. (Thanks students of St. Rita’s School!)
It’s good karma to support the charity hosting the event by buying raffle tickets, for instance. More Fun Factor: I won a Tiny Work of Awesome, a gorgeous domino pendant/key chain from mixed media artist Vickie Porter. (I’m too tired to scan or photograph the one I won, but the above larger one is very similar to one of Vickie’s pieces I already own, so you can get the idea. Her work rocks, doesn’t?)
I also won a perfectly sized wristlet from fiber artist Jean Keane at last week’s Creations with a Heart show. I emailed Jean afterwards, “Um, Jean, I don’t do pink. Any chance I could exchange the one I won for a different color?”
I’m pretty sure this is the fabric I chose – you know me and my fondness for circle designs. (This is an iPad case, which I also considered – paying the extra, of course. I also considered a collar for one of our dogs, but that’s not fair to the other one – and screw them, anyway, I’d appreciate a wristlet far more!)
Vickie also let me exchange the pendant I won from her – mine says “Create” in all sorts of gorgeous shades of green. More great customer service!
Speaking of green – this is a crappy cell phone photo of my black shutter doors that I painted kiwi green, using leftover bathroom paint we had. I use them to display my framed artwork and I can’t believe I didn’t take a photo of my space at the show today. I love this new look in my space SO much!
My love for how that display piece turned out, prompted me to write a list of eight more improvements I’d like to make. This was before the show opened! I love learning and improving. Change is good!
Self-taught lampworking glass artist Francesca DeCaire is one of the hardest working artists I know. I was lucky enough to be selling next to her today. I’m so impressed with how much thought she puts into the big picture, improving her business practices, learning new techniques, always trying harder, her interaction with customers. Look at this precision!
Francesca and I are cooking up a little collaborative project, which I’m pretty excited about!
I love watching Francesca and another young self-supporting full-time artist, Erin Gursslin of Sunshyne Silverwear help each other pack up and load-out. This further goes to prove that pretty much every artist I know is so generous in spirit.
It was a good day.