Pop quiz, hotshot…
“There’s a bomb on a bus. Once the bus goes 50 miles an hour, the bomb is armed. If it drops below 50, it blows up. What do you do? What do you do?”
the quote will make more sense in a few minutes…
I participated in a particularly irritating craft show today. once all was said and done i made a nice profit, and if that was all i was looking for, i’d have to walk away happy. BUT. *sigh* i don’t know what to say about all the non-craft vendors at a show that was advertised in numerous locations as a CRAFT show. there was one central part of the show in the school gymnasium, then vendors trailed out into the lobby and hallway, and down the hall into the elementary library. and i was in the library with 8 other vendors in a 6×4 space. i was there with a national candle home party rep, a national chocolate home party rep, an international botanical based skin care consultant, handbags from NYC, handpainted jewelry from a national home party company (and handpainted by who?), a booth for children’s birthday parties – which looked very cute, but i’m not sure classifies as a CRAFT, a rep from a local chiropractor doing nerve evaluations and lunchbags that were probaby almost definately not made by the lady selling them. and me. queenvanna. doesn’t my table look nice? i made all that stuff.
can you see any other problem with this scenario? besides the non-craft craft show vendors?
ah, the library location. no, it was not ideal. we were down a hall, the door didn’t open all the way, so you really had to LOOK in to see us. they were making announcements in the gym for the patrons to be sure to check us out in the library, but meh. after seeing 40 or so vendors in the gym, would you take a stroll to the library? ooh, look, there’s a bake sale along the way… and there’s the door. oops, were we supposed to check the library?
and if they did, they’d take 3 steps in, be asked if they were familiar with those national products with no lead in their wicks, or not tested on animals, or they can donate $20 to the church and get a free back eval at the dr’s office… and *poof* they were gone. and there i was, standing there smiling my fool-head off just trying not to scream. like i said, i made a nice profit, about 5x the table fee, but i wonder how much better i would’ve done if i was in the gym… or in a library with other *handmade* crafts.
i am not against the home-based business people, i’m really not. i have a kitchen full of stonewear and serving pieces from a business like this. i’ve got candles from the business that was represented next to me. for heaven’s sake, the scrapbooking home-party is where i got my start in all this.
so what’s the answer, crafty people? i know i’m not interested in this particular show again, but would something like this make you scrutinize your prospects more? ask questions about just who they’re letting in?? i’m not pleased that my contract said i’d be in the gym and i was relegated to the 2nd class citizen area, or that the peaved off vendors (2 of which sold nothing at all in 5 hours) started packing up and beat it out of there an hour early. i did too, because how ridiculous would it be for just ME to be in that freakin library????? so tell me hotshot, what do you do? what. do. you. do?