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!