October 5, 2010

thoughts on puces pop

Quite honestly I'm not sure how to go about writing this post.  I want to be honest and reflective without being whiney and complainy.  I love Puces Pop.  It is by far one of my favourite craft/diy events out there.  However, preparing for and taking part in a show like this can be downright brutal. 

The first time I did this show my booth was a smashing success.  It seems to have been both a blessing and a curse (seriously, I swear I'm not complaining - just explaining).  Now every time I do a show I think "Well, this is no Puces."

Going into this event I struggled with keeping my expectations low.  In all honestly I was hoping to sell enough merchandise to cover costs and buy some of the bigger Christmas gifts.   More realistically I promised myself I would be at peace if I could just cover costs (hotel, gas, food, spending money).

This year I was introducing a brand new line of merchandise.  Previously I sold screenprinted vintage clothing that was priced way too low (it was a beginners thing, I wasn't intentionally being a jerk).  I wasn't sure how this crowd would react to my new stuff; I knew I was taking a chance.

In the end I sold a bunch of aprons, a few totes and a couple belt buckles.  I faced many lulls in customer interaction that I did not deal with my first time around.  Can I blame those on my screaming child?  Probably shouldn't, but I'm going to anyway.  Alright - fine!  I completely suck at selling my stuff in person.  There, I said it.

On the bright side, this show gave me a tonne to think about business wise.  It was really helpful to see people reacting to my work in real life.  Now I have a better idea of what works and what could use improvement and straight-up retirement.  Now I'm in the process of revisioning some product lines and creating a few brand new things.

And you know what, in the end it wasn't going to be a total loss financially.  Well, that was until my crap-mobiles muffler came loose.  Then we celebrated our vehicles shortcomings by (unknowingly) parking illegally and getting a hefty ticket.  Apparently the price you pay for being a dummy and not understanding French is exactly $53.

Anyway, there is lots more to be said about all of this, but I think I'll leave it at this.  I'm really excited about moving forward with reinvented and completely new products.  I'm planning on bring back old techniques and introducing a few new ones.  I can't wait to share more of this with y'all in the near future!