Monday, March 19, 2012

Springing Into Wings

I haven't sold jewelry at a art/craft show in several years.  Ever since I had three disastrous shows in a row.  One in which snobby Chicago socialites just didn't get my funky art and booth, so they stood outside and made fun.  If I'd had a squirt gun, I'd have made sure the seat of their pants were wet, so people could point and stare at them. 

The next weekend, I was at a fun show but it poured.  I mean POURED!  My booth was at the end of a driveway on the main road.  Seemed like all of the water came down through that driveway.  My booth flooded.  My backstock bins started flowing away.  My niece was with me that day.  Bless her sense of fun, she saved my sanity.  As we're packing (throwing) everything into the van, she started throwing water at me.  At first, I was annoyed but then realized, wait.  She's right.  This is supposed to be fun.  And since everything is ruined anyway, let's make the best of it.  So we had a water fight, in the middle of the ruin.  People passing by must have thought we were nuts!  But it was fun.  Finally, I was doing a show that was FUN!  Even now, 10 years later, it's a nice memory for me.  And a good lesson.

The last show of that season, it was 90 degrees, high humidity and the show was set up in a field of mosquitoes.  There were maybe 12 customers.  It was miserable.  And I was out of money.  Three bad shows in a row = economic ruin. I quit the show circuit and went to work in a bank.

Fast forward to now.  At the end of March, I'm doing the Spring Into Wings show in Kalamazoo.  With three friends.  So even if the show is show or challenging or whatever, it's guaranteed to be fun.  Cause we'll laugh.  And play.  Maybe not by throwing water at each other... but I'm sure we'll share some laughter.


  1. Good for you! It's no fun to endure those types of shows (your story of the rainstorm made me think about the show I did in the hurricane. Yep.) I hope this show is fun and successful and positive enough to help erase some of the negative memories. Best of luck!

  2. I'm sorry you had three bad shows in a row! The nerve of those people in Chicago.

    I'm glad you're getting back into the craft show circuit, though, and I wish you and your friends the best of luck!

  3. Thanks for the encouragement, ladies! I'm sure it will be fun. And at least it's indoors :)