Category Archives: Fairs & Conventions

Craft Fair is a go

It is official, I did what I needed to do, and I will be selling at the Portage Christmas Craft Fair on November 30th & December 1st.

Yeah, I already said I was going to do it, but as I had to use a check to pay the booth fee, I was kind of fearing it would be full by the time my check traveled the whole 17 miles over to the park via Pony Express. That pony is pretty elderly nowadays, and I wouldn’t exactly call what he does “express.” And last year they said it filled up about this time.

So there were a few stressful days where I was thinking “Omg why aren’t they emailing me it must be full and they are mailing the check back, or maybe it still hasn’t gotten there and it is sure to be full when it does… I have wasted so much time and tags putting price & care tags on this stuff and now I’ll have to sell it online” and then my husband said “Oh, they cashed it already.” >.< Well now it feels real, which of course brings on whole other kinds of stress, but I'm mostly feeling good and confident about it. I spaced out my etsy orders well, and I have plenty of time to make items for the fair and not get behind on those orders. Though after the fair it might be a mad scramble to get xmas presents finished for the kids...... Anyway, in addition to making stuff for the fair, I've got to figure out how to display stuff at the fair. I've already managed to find a folding table on sale, but I need things like a business card holder and hat display heads. So I thought, what sense does it make to pay for those? Doesn't buying a bunch of made-in-china crap for that kind of go against the whole idea of a craft fair? There has to be some way to make these myself... So I searched, and found all kinds of crazy, messy ways that often involved buying so much in materials that it would be the same price to just buy the things. But then I was hit with a stroke of genius: I can crochet them!

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There’s my business card holder, and I also plan on crocheting a head or two 🙂

Also finished since the last time I posted:

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A “Dandy Sir Cephalopod”, a jumbo Pikachu Stalking, and a cute bear.

The bear taught me something. If something is meant for the craft fair, I’ve got to put it away quickly after completion, and not let Chance see it. Because he quickly gives them a personality. He decided this bear was the baby of a stuffed bear I have that sits on the back of the couch displaying some knitwear (I found this bear some time ago at a thrift store wearing what looks like a hand-knit Fair Isle sweater, so of course I had to rescue him). The cowl the bear is wearing became a sling. And they get sad if they’re apart for long, Chance says. So now I can’t bear to sell the baby bear >.<

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It’s okay, I can part with the one bear without being set back, but from now on I’m immediately moving craft fair items to a box in my bedroom 🙂

Ramencon was amazing!

And I actually remembered to take pictures 🙂

Oh, I was suppose to blog about the stuff I made to wear there, right? Well you already saw the Apple Jack hat. Here’s the Apple Bloom & Big Mac

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And I used fabric paint to put apples on shirts for my brother and me


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And I also put balloons on a pink shirt so Yuji could be Pinkie Pie on a different day.

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And for the third day Yuji wore this Gloomy Bear outfit, which everyone loved

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It’s got a crocheted hat, fabric paint on the hat and shirt for blood, and felt claws sewn on some old pink mittens. I ended up not having time to use fabric paint to make blood on the mittens/claws, so I used permanent marker. Yuji kept smelling them… oops. But I guess it was just the boost she needed to help me with selling at the Swapmeet. I was nervous about taking her to that, but there was no time to take her home first. I didn’t have to be nervous though, as she is a natural salesman 🙂 She sang about the toys being awesome and made by her mom, danced, bought lots of attention to my stuff, talked to everyone, and whenever someone said they couldn’t or didn’t want to buy something right now, she gave them a business card and told them to buy something later 🙂

I was unsure if I was going to sign up for that fair on November 30th & December 1st, so I told myself that if I made the fee for that ($50) at Ramencon, I would sign up. And I was thinking that was a big if. But I made $105! So that pays for not only the craft fair, it also covers my Ramencon ticket and the gas I used going to Ramencon ^____^ So basically I had my fun weekend completely paid for.

Here’s all the pics!



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Next weekend is the annual craft fair in my neighborhood, and while – as I said – there’s a lot of craft fairs in the area around this time, this is the one that is actually in my neighborhood, and where I know some of the crafters. So that should be fun 🙂

Anyway, between that craft fair in 9 weeks and my etsy shop still doing pretty darn good, I’ve got a lot of stuff to make! So off I go…