Even though setting up a booth at an event is a lot of hard work. I mean a lot! It’s still one of my favorite things about selling my art. It’s a space where I can create an environment for my creations to live and to be looked at even of its temporary. I am no where near the point and time when I could maintain a permanent location or that I even want to do that. But I love building and designing something that draws people into my space to look at my works.
And I love meeting everyone. As a self employed artist that works from home, unless I make a point to get out of the house I may go all week long and not see anyone else but my family when they come home in the afternoon. Many times I get so lost and or frustrated in the creation process that I wonder if what I am making connects with anyone. And I have to admit, I love to hear people gush about my artwork. When I send off wholesale orders, you can loose some of that feedback and connectivity with the people buying my art.
October was chocked full of shows. And my first three day show at that. But everything went great. I sold art. Even originals, which is always a happy dance occasion. I made connections for commissions and just generally got my name and artwork out to those that didn’t know me before.
It wasn’t without worry and trials. There were winds, heat, and rain. I actually left the key to my cash box in the truck my husband drove back home. Sorry to the guy I had to run his card on for a $2.50 postcard. Thankful that my son found the key and brought it back to me. Thankful for kids who don’t mind sitting with me in the booth in exchange for getting to eat at their choice of food truck. So even though there are hiccups and obstacles there’s lots of redeeming moments.
I hope to see you at the remaining events I have this year.
Do you enjoy markets and fairs? Stop by and see me if you are near.
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