This post by Jennifer Flaten
Opportunity knocked and I answered the door.
A few weeks ago, a local art fair put a call out for vendors for an upcoming show, it seems they were a few vendors short. I submitted my information and the showrunner told me she liked my stuff, but they already had a couple of jewelry vendors. She did say I would be on the list for next year and she offered to put me on the waitlist for this year. It was one of the nicer blow offs I’ve ever received.
Since I figured that I would never get off the waitlist, I didn’t give it another thought. Then on Monday I got an email telling me I am at the top of the list and am I still interested in participating.
I typed yes in my reply email and then spent 20 minutes staring at it trying to decide if I should hit send. I finally did. I felt excited.
Then I felt terror because the show is this Saturday and it is my first show EVER.
So, now I am feeling woefully under prepared for my first show. Not only do I need product to sell, which I have but is it enough and more importantly will people like it enough to buy it? Not to mention, I need a table, a tent, and all those odds and ends that go along with selling something–like a cash box with money in it to make change! Eek.
I have a feeling I might have to ply the kids with snacks to keep them from mutinying I imagine it will go something like this: we sell $100 worth of stuff but we eat $300 worth of snacks.
I keep focusing on the fact that this is my first show, and it is supposed to be a learning experience.
I’ll let you know how it goes.