ReMake 2013 was a great event. The first day was packed with great speakers touching on topics ranging from 3D printing to growing your audience using Pinterest. Many of the conversations revolved around the future of making, which couldn't be more relevant. Definitely a lot to think about for my small business. Aside from the great content, the event was hosted beautifully by Brit+Co. I spoke with other attendees who had been to other similar events and they said it was the nicest they had ever been to. Not bad for the first year! I came away with a bag loaded with awesome shwag and felt very lucky to be included in the day's activities.
Day two was the Maker's Fair. I'm not gonna lie: I had really high hopes for my little booth. Anyhow, I did not do nearly as well as I had hoped. Speaking to other vendors, I think it may have been the norm (at least in my area of the venue). It's hard to say, but I am guessing that it had mostly to do with this being the first year for this event. It's hard to say really. HOWEVER! The quality of vendors was truly amazing. Definitely the best quality show I have done so far. I feel pretty certain that if Brit+Co hosted this event again next year, I would apply to participate because I can only see it getting better.
After all was said and done, I was glad I participated. I was a little bummed about not making bank (maybe my visions of tossing dollah billz into the air and letting them rain down on me was a bit misguided). But I learned a lot and met some other fantastic makers and feel better prepared for the next event.
Speaking of Next Events...I was hoping that one of them would be the Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco this December. Alas, I did not make the cut. I found out last night. THAT was disappointing. I may have cried a little bit. Which may have been due to all the stress of preparing for the past weekend and exhaustion and disappointment from slow sales building up and just wanting to be crazy successful RIGHT NOW...anyway. I plan to apply for the summer show and by then, I will have my offerings in tip top shape.
Maybe it's a good thing. There is so much I want to do over the next couple of months to up my game as well as get back to making new things. Sometimes its easy to get caught up in all the logistical "stuff" and forget to create new things.