Tuesday, April 8, 2008

April 8, 2008

So today was good. After 3 sales in the last week, I am excited and motivated! Also a tip from a fellow Etsian led me to call a local church that is having a bazaar on Saturday. It is $35, and it is being advertised in the newspaper and amongst fellow parishes. AND it's indoors, so I don't have to worry about the pesky weather. I'm excited to get out there and promote and sell, and see what I am capable of.

Also I may have found a place to consign and that is really exciting as well. It is not local, but given the weight, etc of cards, it should be easy to manage and ship from a distance. So Bubba & Rye seems to be advancing!

Otherwise things have been good. The kids are under control, my husband is home from sea for a short while, and I am eating well and exercising. Things are just bright and shiny...even though the weather is not following suit!!

Saturday, April 5, 2008

April 5, 2008

I hadn't realized it had been so long since I last entered into my blog. I'm sure no one was waiting with baited breath! LOL!

Well, today has been an informative and somewhat disappointing day. I went to the Virginia Beach Farmers Market to check it out, since I wanted to set up a booth there next weekend. They let crafters set up booths in the parking lot for $12/day. There was no one there....no craft vendors, no customers. Today was a somewhat rainy day, so I'm sure that impacted it, but I am growing more and more concerned that this may not be the pot of gold I was hoping for. I'm stuck between a rock and a hard place in so many ways. 1) I can't afford the $125-$225 craft show fees...I would have to sell 250 cards to make it worthwhile! And here is a $12 venue, that has no traffic, and is completely weather dependent. 2) When the weather gets better, and the Farmers Market in VA Beach gets more traffic, as well as a Hampton Farmers Market that I was researching, my husband will be deployedand I will have no one to watch my kids.

So then the question becomes how can I get my online business to produce more??? My husband is home now, so I am urginig him to get my website fully up. And I will look into promoting on Majaba, and really trying to advertise with Etsy and iCraft.

Otherwise things are going well. I'm posting one of my new creative experiences....fabric cards! I love it. I feel like I am really advancing artistically. I also came to the realization that I do not like sewing, so I am trying to destash my fabric on Etsy and Ebay, to hopefully gain more money to finance the cards and painting.