Craft Show’s 1-3 Summary

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I now done 3 craft shows and to be honest I don’t feel I have learned what I need to know to do them on my own, but each time I am learning more and getting better!

Show 1: Sold 2 items : Made $10 – No Booth $10 profit

Show 2 Sold 4 items: Made $20 Booth and Fees $10.43 Profit $9.57

Show 3 Sold 17 items: Made $37 Booth and fees $5 Profit $32

In between craft shows I have done a few special orders and sold 4 items and made $21

I am at a total of $62.57 in profit.  The good thing is I get to hang out with my friends and have a chance to sell items I make.  Starting 1/1/2019 I will start keeping up with the items I buy.  Right now I am mostly using up items I already have.

For me since I do not have a lot of product made, I feel the important thing is to keep the price of the booth low. From other blogs I read some people say they have shows where they don’t sell anything.  In this regards I am doing good since I sold at each one so far.  Since I was getting started my packaging and signs have not been very professional.  This next show I will be focused mostly on packaging and signs.  Since it will be so close to Christmas, I want to make most items packaged for immediate gift giving for those who don’t want to bother with it.

It is really hard because I have to find what sells best and I have not yet done that.  I don’t know if it is because of my packaging or prices.  I will be lowering some prices for the next show and hopefully handing out a lot of business cards.  After this show I will be focusing on my Facebook group to offer the items for sell that way!

It is a work in progress but I am looking forward to how it looks by the end of next year!

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1st Craft Show October 6, 2018

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1st Craft Show October 6, 2018 : Halloween Zombiepalozza

My first craft show was Saturday October 6 for the Halloween Zombiepalozza.  This event was put on to raise money and awareness for Base Camp Lindsey.  Base Camp Lindsey is a little village created for homeless vets to get the help they need and back on their feet.

My friend was generous enough to cover my entry fee this time.

Stats:

Booth Fee: $0

# of Items: 77

$ Amt to Sell: $283

Amt Sold: $10

# of items sold: 2

Special Note: Event rained out

It started out really good.  I sold my  2 items very quickly.  Then another woman came up to the booth super excited about my Soap Dish Dresses.  I gave her my information so I could make her a custom one for her anniversary.  Then the rain hit and washed out the event.

I am not disappointed because I did sell (it could have been worse) and I got to spend the day hanging out with my friend.  People took photos at the photo back drop I had created. The following is the list of helpful advice I learned from my 1st show!

Helpful Advice

  1. Don’t use a tarp that is 10x’s to big with high winds
  2. Don’t forget to check to make sure you have the tie down stakes for your canopy
  3. Don’t give up just because your event rains out
  4. Do make sure to have extra battery chargers **charged** so you can charge your phone
  5. Don’t stress over display.  Do the best you can the first time and then try to improve each time after.
  6. Take a picture of your display each time so you can work to improve

 

My friend and I are going to try our luck with another craft show.  This one is an indoor one!! Oct 13-14, 28th Annual Wilbarger Regional Craft Show.  I will update on how this event goes.

I hope my craft show journey can assist someone else in their journey!

Craft Show – How much to make!

Craft Show – How much to make!

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How much should I make and bring to a craft show?  I have searched this question a lot, have you?  Also how much variety to bring etc etc etc.  No one gives you the magic number!!!  Found some that say 10xs the booth fee, enough to replace the items sold on your table (I am not a future teller (I wish)).

My friend asked me to do a craft booth on Oct. 6 at the Zombie Palooza.  My half of the booth is $15.  (If I don’t make the money back, it is ok because the money is going towards building a Veterans village to help them get back on their feet).

$15 x 10 = $150.  That will be my initial goal of items to make and have available for sale.  As for amount, I have set a limit of 15 of each item.  I don’t want to be stuck with 50 items of something that wont sale.  Is this going to be too much or too little.  To be honest I have no idea!  I feel this is a good starting point.

Now the work of getting these items made has begun.  I also have to think about how to display them. I haven’t been to a craft fair in forever!  I have never done one myself so it should be interesting.

I still have some of my dirt cheap items that I need to get rid of.  So I am going to bring them a$nd have boxes of these items for $1 each or $.50 each with purchase of a craft item.

Vintage Style Dish Soap Cover

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My aunt had an old crochet pattern my grandmother had written on a piece of paper and had a sample of a pot holder she had.  I didn’t have any cotton yarn on hand so I made the dish soap cover instead.  They are extremely easy to make and I crocheted a few up really fast.  I plan on selling them for $5 each at the fall festival in town.

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Safari Baby Shower

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Here was my first attempt at a diaper cake.  I really like how it turned out and definitely want to give another one a try some day.

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I covered a B to use to take photos and go with the Photo back drop.

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I was in charge of drinks so to go with the Safari theme I made Sea water.

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One of my homemade gifts was closet organizers.

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9-10-2018 Journal Update

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Prek Injustice

There was not enough time to fight for my son to be able to go back to school.  It saddens me because school was so good for him.  I am going to look on the bright side and now we are able to move sooner than expected (hopefully).

Baby Shower

This Saturday is my daughter’s Safari Baby Shower. I have been working hard on it and plan to make post about it.  Since we are trying to keep the details secret until the big day I will work on those post next week.  I can’t wait to share some of my creations with everyone.

October Halloween Fest

My friend and I plan on having a booth at the Halloween Fest in October.  I started creating items for it.  Since it will be my very first time trying to sell my crafts in public I am pretty excited/nervous about it.  Of course all the research online I could not find anything about how much product or how many different types of products I should have, I will wing it.  I will keep everyone updated on it.

Getting Caught Up

I know I have fell completely behind on reading other people’s post and I apologize for that!  I will be starting today on trying to get caught up with as many blogs as I can.  Looking forward to some inspiration!

 

 

Can Cozies

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My daughter wanted a Camo theme for her baby shower so as party favors I made some can cozies.  They turned out really cute, but she changed her mind on the theme.  So I will add these to my collection so I can do a craft show someday!

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Prekindergarten Injustice

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Back history:

We lived in Winnie, TX during Hurricane Harvey and we weathered the storm in Beaumont, TX.  It was very stressful because my daughter was in Winnie during the storm and it was a really bad one!  We lost our home in Winnie and we had to move to Electra, TX.  Because of the hurricane I was able to enroll my son into the PreK program in Electra (because they could not turn us down because of my income).

Understanding:

I completely understand that Prek is not mandatory in the state of Texas.  I also understand that you have to meet certain guidelines in order to enroll your child.

Last Year:

When I enrolled my son into school last year the principal told me that he always had ways around getting a child enrolled into school.  He told me since we evacuated from Hurricane Harvey he could not turn me away from the school.  He also said since my electricity had not been turned on in my new house that we also qualified because we were technically “homeless”.  Not once did he tell me that I would have to reenroll him the next year or that he may not qualify to be in school the next year.

His teacher also seen some actions and behaviors that worried her and she asked for him to be tested.  The testing showed he did not have Autism or anything severe enough for him to be in special education.  They did find that he had emotional trauma from the hurricane (losing his home and moving away from his sister and other family).  They also said he had some issues with speech that would work itself out with him being in school.

At the end of last year the teacher informed us that he would not need to fill out the paper work to be enrolled for the next year.  A week later we were told that although he was enrolled for next year he would need to fill out some forms.

This week:

Earlier this week I received a call from the admin stating I forgot to answer some questions in the paperwork and asked me about my income.  She said that they were reviewing our application for the upcoming year and in a couple days would let me know if my son qualified.  She hung up the phone before I could ask her any questions, but I had hope he would be ok.

Then yesterday she called me back and informed me my income was to high for my son to be accepted back into school.  I was not happy and the principal got on the phone and said that the teacher misspoke to me and the principal would never had led me on to think my son would be allowed back into school next year.  He told me since he did not know my financial situation he could not have anticipated my son not being accepted.  I told him yes he did because I made it clear when I enrolled him last year.

After I hung up the phone the admin called back and talked to my husband.  At that time she said she needed copies of my paycheck stubs to ensure they had not made a mistake.  She told my husband that if we had enrolled him into head start that he would have been accepted back this coming year.  He told her that the principal never told us that was an option!

I called the Texas Board of Education to see if they could lead me into the right direction of someone who could change the principals decision since he said there was no one else I could talk to.  Now I have to wait for a phone call back on Monday.

My Concern:

How can you enroll a child into public school and then kick them out because there parents are barely over the income threshold.  I feel once a child starts public school they should always be accepted and should not be turned down for any reason.  What happened to No Child Left Behind.  It would be a huge injustice for my son to have to be out of school for the year.    I think PreK should be available to all children equally and not just to those who are on government assistance (they have head start for that).  If no child should be left behind then why are middle class children being deprived of an education because their parents are working hard not to be on government assistance.

Have you had to deal with anything like this?

Crochet Gift Bag

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My sister had a friend that was giving away a ton of crochet books.  I found one for a crochet gift bag.  Here is how my sample turned out.  I am thinking about making them in the school colors and sell them for $5 each or 5 for $20.

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Moving Checklist

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Here is my moving checklist (it will be a growing living document!

Financial

  1. Pay of work loan 1
  2. Pay of work loan 2
  3. Pay of Credit Card
  4. Put money in savings to pay off car
  5. Save up enough money for Moving Expenses
  6. Save up enough for any appliance purchase we may need
  7. Save up money or deposits
  8. Save as much to assist with Down Payment (will be taking a work loan for the remaining)

Getting Rid of Located Clutter

  1. Make sure to list all for sale items on my personal Facebook group
  2. Make sure to actively list items in all the surrounding Facebook groups
  3. Look for places that will allow me to sell items on the weekend (flea markets etc)
  4. Starting 4/28, start donating items to Faith Missions and the Special Olympics that haven’t sold.
  5. Post things to bidders during trips back to Beaumont
  6. Have lots of garage sales!

Declutter

  1. Move all unwanted items immediately to the garage
  2. Go through closets once a month to get rid of unwanted or needed items
  3. Determine furniture that will be moved and the ones that wont start making arrangements to sell/donate

Packing

  1. After each Holiday pack neatly and well label all decorations.
  2. After Winter next year start packing all clothes no longer needed.
  3. Joey’s clothes, pack and label all clothes he is still to big for.
  4. Start packing dishes that are not needed on a daily basis.
  5. Start packing craft items and clearly labeling (so I can still use but quickly pack)