Any advice or encouragement welcome on this as my husband and I are pretty discouraged after our first show this weekend.
For background: we designed wooden stools, coat hook racks and bookends that he made in our basement and I decorated with my illustrations. We thought we had priced things decently ($30-35 for the hooks, $60 for the stools, $30 for the bookends, a $7 crayon holder as our cheapie item). If you're interested you can see a few pix here: http://jcdillustration.servehttp.com
. More about the festival (Medford Arts Festival) at www.medfordarts.org/MAF2007
I guess I'm very very new to the craft world but I didn't quite expect that our first show would turn out so poorly. We sold one crayon holder. The festival was Saturday which anyone who was in the area knows was miserably hot. Otherwise it should have been perfect - an Arts Festival with live music, free kids activities and free italian ice and snacks from Trader Joe's.
So we're pretty much blaming the weather but now we have all this stuff we didn't sell. Luckily it's before Christmas gift season but we are a little wary and don't want to jump into anything now that we don't know much about. We also hope not to throw good money (and time) after bad.
We are thinking that any affordable (fee under $100) show/venue that attracts families and grandparents would be ideal. There should be a lot of those within a 45 minute drive of Boston, right? A well-attended school or church holiday fair would be awesome as it would even support a good cause. We just really don't know where to start.
So... If anyone has a beat on something that we could look into that would really help us out. Or even just some honest advice on our product and pricing. I'll try to put more pix of the product up later tonight (the website has mostly the illustrations) I promise I won't get all defensive on you.
Thanks so much in advance. This seems like such a suppportive community (started in Somerville, no less) and I am looking forward to hearing from you.