Around this time last year, I finally decided to do my first ever craft fair. For so long, I said to myself "I really should do some craft fairs...but I'm not ready!". I talked about it with friends and family but never bit the bullet. Until one day, a friend sent me a link to apply for a local fair in Reno. A week before the show. On a total whim, I decided to just go for it. I busted my tail and went all out to prepare.
It was one of the best decisions I have made for my business. While that show (the Reno Earth Day Festival-with a tiny corner for crafts people) was not the most lucrative, I received in person feedback from potential customers and met a few amazing locals who continue to support my work and facilitate my growth as a small business to this day. I also learned that even though I didn't feel ready, it was okay. And I learned A TON about getting my work in front of people. I have continued to sign up for more shows and fairs, and decided that this summer, I would amp up my game and go "on tour" with CDS A+D. I deeply believe that getting out in public (and out from behind the safety of my Etsy shop online) is what has catapulted my success over the last year.
My first fair of this year was Renegade in Austin (a huge personal goal reached), and I am kicking off the Summer with three Patchwork shows in California. I attended my first Patchwork Show in Oakland as a vendor last fall and it was such a positive experience. So I am super pumped to be participating again this year even more.