Last year I did a Pop Up Shop in December with Up From The Roots. It was a spur of the moment decision to participate as I had never done this before. It was great fun and, while I only managed to just cover my costs in sales, it was a very worthwhile experience as I met some great people and did learn a lot. If they do another one this year, I hope to go back.
For 2013, I planned to do more shows to help move my business forward. And this past week I signed up for 3 upcoming shows!
The first one is the Big On Bloor show in Toronto. On July 20th and 21st, Bloor St. will be closed down from Dufferin to Lansdowne for a festival! John and I have gone a couple of times in the past to see some of the vendors and wander down the street. Since it takes place so close to us, it would be a shame not to participate. So I have signed up and now have a few weeks to get ready for that show!
The second application is for a juried show in October. Made By Hand is a show that takes place at the International Centre in Mississauga. They showcase and promote Canadian artists, artisans and designers. You do have to submit an application for them to review and then accept (hopefully!). The application is in. The deadline isn’t until August 15th so I have a bit of a wait to find out about that one. But fingers are crossed.
My third hoped for show is the Yuletide Fare in Brockville at the end of November. It looks like my schedule will allow me the time to participate and I plan to book a table as soon as they start booking. This is my hometown and the show is held at my old church. When I was growing up it was called Craft Showcase. I bought many of my parents Christmas presents there! Here’s hoping there are more kids like me there this November looking for gift ideas for their family members.
I love these kind of shows. At least I do as a buyer. It is definitely a different experience as a seller! But hopefully at least most of that experience will be fun. For now it is down to the hard work part – making product so that I’m not in danger of running out of something that someone wants and promoting my participation in the shows so I can get all of you out to be the buyers!