Thursday, May 5, 2011

Over Prepared or Under Prepared?

Crafty Wonderland Super Colossal Sale is this Saturday!!

Normally at this time I would be freaking out and trying to wrap things up as quickly as I can. I'd have a ton of things to sell and I'd have a million things left to do.

Now, I'm not sure if I planned really well for this, or if I am just really not ready, but I have nothing left left to prepare for on Saturday. Nothing. I'm done!

It's a weird feeling. I feel like I should be doing something. I feel like maybe I'm missing something. Like, maybe I'm not really as ready as I think I am? But, really, I don't know what else can really be done.

I'm bringing about half the amount of items I normally bring to a craft show. Now, I know this might seem strange, but I haven't had a very successful craft show in quite a long time. So, I'm taking a different approach. I'm going to test out limiting options and keeping things simple. I think maybe people might be overwhelmed not only by the amount of items I have, but maybe the atmosphere of the venue is also a factor. It's a huge venue and there is so much to see! I'm hoping that by keeping my table simple, and clear cut, people will be able to shop from it with a bit more ease.

I'm looking forward to the results of my "experiment." It may, or may not, be successful, but either way, I am looking forward to showing my work, and seeing many of my fellow crafty friends.

If you live in the Portland area, you should come by! It's this Saturday from 11-6 at the Convention Center. :) Here is a full list of the other sellers that will be there.


M.M.E. said...

At my last craft show I did a similar experiment. Since I sell prints, I only put out one of each instead of 3 or 4 of each. I sold twice as many prints as usual. You create a 'need to buy' reaction because they think it's the only one. Plus, most people honestly don't understand what a print is so they truly think it is THE only one. (Which makes me wonder why they think I'd be selling it for $25, but anyway.) Good luck at the show!

Michele Maule said...

Thanks!! :) glad to here your experiment went well!
It gives me hope!

Sleepandhersisters said...

interesting idea... I am going to a market tomorrow and might try the 'need to buy' technique too.

Good luck I hope it all goes well for you Michele.