Here is my vending booth area.
|Remember this purchase from the thrift store?|
|I framed one of my cards. Easy way to have art. :-)|
This time I wanted to focus on natural handmade products and wanting to begin creating a vending area that reflected that, along with my current interests. This time for my table decor I used thrifted items and burlap. I wanted something a little simple as well. Is it perfect? Of course not. But I also have this thing about not investing so much in your table space, but rather, making one or two updates at each vending occasion.
The quick rundown of what happened.
No one showed up for my workshop. I was okay with that at first, but then as the day went on, I started questioning every.single.thing related to my crafts of choice, my ability to be successful at vending, and whether or not my items were worthy of being purchased. Yeah, I was going into the hole fast. Then I sucked it up, put on my game face, and went in to vend for the rest of the evening. At the end of the evening, I sold one container of lip balm. Yep, one. So I felt myself spiraling down within myself. Even though no one at the event may have noticed, behind the smile, I was feeling pretty pitiful.
In case you want to check out a video version of some of this.
My Epiphany (of sorts).
My accountant has already given me the heads up that if this "business" doesn't turn around this year, that I need to consider calling it quits. Try something else. *sigh* Secretly, although I don't like admitting defeat, I think he may be right. I'm not sure exactly what I will do, but what I am doing will not work. I cannot say that I won't vend again, but I will take a sabbatical. I definitely am not saying I won't craft again either, because that's not realistic. It may just be that I end up where I started off...with bins and bins full of my creations with no home to go to other than my own. If that makes me feel better than I do now, then I'll accept that. I'm making no promises, but just letting you know what's going on. #tonopressure