I had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day with one of my brothers, one of my sisters, and one of her sons! Mister worked - got triple pay for the holiday so I'm glad for that. He came home just in time to see everyone as they were leaving.
Here is my tablescape with my vintage Homer Laughlin duBarry china (and my sister outside the window!).
Well, folks, here's my report on the craft fair I did today. All I can say is, "not a good one". Just chalk it up to "the experience was useful". My Katherine went with me and we got set up, no problem. They had teens helping to carry stuff in. Here's my display:
That's me on the right:
Our table was in the back right corner which, I soon found out, was a problem. The kitchen (serving donuts, burgers, etc.) was on the opposite side of the room, along with a bank of nice sunny windows - that was the high traffic area. My side didn't have windows (the windows you see go into classrooms). These were my corner views:
I started out optimistic. I truly believed I was going to make a killing, especially after quickly walking around the hall and seeing that no one had items similar to mine. The hours were 9-3 and by 11:30 I had only sold one item! So I started marking down items and put up a SALE sign, but to not avail. All total I sold seven small items for a whopping $23! Didn't even make the $50 registration fee.
Katherine walked around a lot during the day and said that she noticed that people weren't buying much and, at the end, that all the tables were still full of items. She gave me a nice compliment and said that she thought (not because I'm her mom) that I had quality crafts.
I don't know if I want to try again next year, try a different craft fair, or just sell on Etsy. Only time will tell!
For the first time ever I signed up for a table at a Christmas craft fair. I'm so excited! It's at a local church down the street from me on November 21. Here's a sampling of some of the items I've made:
I purchased a basket of Swedish tin molds at a yard sale back in June and have started making some cutesie little baskets.
Trees-inside-shakers idea came from Dorothy at Hen's Rule. She made me one last year!
. . . and some miscellaneous paper crafts!
I'm probably not the first to come up with this idea, but I'm glad I thought of it. Paint the tips of toothpicks to make candles for your mini trees:
A couple of fun finds at the thrift store this past week:
I'm planning on making a Christmas banner using my vintage hankies. I scanned them, and a few floral ones, too. I'm sharing them with you in case you would like to make your own banners! There are 7 Christmas designs and 5 floral. These are PNG files and are 1000 px wide. Enjoy, and feel free to share them, too!