Saturday, April 28, 2012

Low Sales but Good Food

I am often asked how I set up my table for craft shows. It's different every time. I've been doing this for a few years now, but I still don't feel like I've found my groove yet. I see other people's tables and think, hey, that's a great idea. But then, their product is so much different than mine, and it doesn't work. Recently, I added baskets to my display. I'll see how those work for a while. I'll probably change it up again.

At this weekend's sale, I started with this:

Yes. That's a Starbucks coffee. Leave me alone. I have an addiction.

It's not often you have round tables at a craft show. The first time I purchased a table for this show, I was taken by surprise. And it took me a lot of time to set up my table because it completely threw me off balance.

But now, I can set up in about thirty minutes.

The empty storage bins are now stacked and covered with a drop sheet to create a make-shift table. You'll notice the Starbucks latte has a new home.

Sadly, today's craft show was not as profitable as it has been in the past. Shandell and I have done this show twice a year for four years now. As the only vendor who sells home d├ęcor, I always do very well.

Not this time.

I think it's because the weather was so nice. In the past, the Hungarian Spring Sale has been well-attended. But the weather has always been too cool to be outside. This year, it was absolutely gorgeous out. The sun was shining, the sky was cloudless and it was practically shorts and t-shirt weather.

I admit, I was a little jealous of the people who didn't come to our sale and stayed outside.

I'm not too upset about the lack of sales. I did, after all, make enough to pay for my table. They say if you can make your table fee, you're doing okay.

To be honest, Shandell and I don't attend this craft show for the sales. It's all about the food. Lunch is included in our table fee.

Home-made cabbage rolls and four different home-made pastries. That, my friends, is worth the price of a table.

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