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2 Successful April Craft Shows

May 9, 2011

We spent April busily getting ready for and doing the first two shows of the season.  We ran around like crazy making sure our booth was updated – wanted it to feel fresh and new.  I think it paid off.  Our booth looked great and we did well.  Now its time to play catch-up!  I have to get toys made to replace the many items that were sold.

April 16 – 17 we were in Sebastopol at the Apple Blossom Festival.  The weather was beautiful and the people were all in great moods – spring had definitely sprung!  We ran into some craft fair friends we hadn’t seen since last year.  It’s always great to run into old friends, and we also made some new friends.  The artisans who do craft fairs are a community of folks that offer support and friendship – a great group of people to be part of.  Saturday was a little slow for us but Sunday turned into a busy day.  Made contact with a gentleman who has a children’s boutique specializing in organic, toxic-free, made in America toys and clothing.  We hope to sell our products in his store – he loved everything!

On April 29 – May 1 we were at the Pacific Fine Arts Festival in downtown Walnut Creek.  The weather was a bit cool on Friday but it warmed up until it was hot on Sunday.  What a change in just 3 days!  Friday was very slow, Saturday there was a bit more traffic, and Sunday was once again our busy day.  The things that people were interested in there were completely different than what folks were interested in at the Sebastopol show.  I can’t predict was folks will be interested in.  Heck, if I could I’d be rich!

At one show a man picked up one of my bi-planes and asked the price.  When I told him it was $35 he said he thought that it was a bit pricey and put it back.  About 15 minutes later another guy asked about the price of the bi-plane and bought it.  He asked how long it took to make and I told him from 3 to 4 hours each.  He said, “How can you make a profit on this?”  And I asked him, “What’s a profit?” 

Most people really do not understand when they look at my handmade toys that each one is made indivdually, by hand.  No assembly lines, no child labor, no machines.  The folks who get my message buy my toys.

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