Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Inspiration in strange places
I had shows on Saturday and Sunday, and rearranged my work schedule this week so I could take Monday off and recover and make some new pieces.
Saturday's show was a fall fair at the Swarthmore Presbyterian Church, an annual community event that had invited outside crafters to participate for the first time this year. Saturday dawned rainy and gray, but the organizers had emailed the night before and said they had scored pop-up tents for everyone and to look on the bright side -- historically, the event had been better for everyone on rainy days, because other things would cancel and everyone would end up there. I'm not sure if that's what happened, but it was busy from start to finish, and the rain knocked off by about 10:30, so by noon we were even pretty warm and dry.
Shows are always interesting. There's always one thing that sells better than everything else, and it varies from week to week, so it's hard to anticipate and make enough of what you think the next big thing might be.
The other day I was thinking I could slow down on the little dresses until spring, because I had a decent stock and they probably weren't going to sell that heavily in the fall. And then I sold 8 of them Saturday, and 1 more on Sunday.
Sunday's event was a shorter one, with bright, beautiful weather. This was at the Cynwyd Station Cafe, which is a great little Victorian tearoom right outside the city. It was the tearoom's 6 month anniversary party, with vendors and food and drink and a tiny circus. Mario stayed and hung out with his laptop, my cousin who just moved to the area stopped by for a while, and a good time was had by all.
But the keeper for the weekend for me was this display setup I photographed on Saturday. The ceramics vendor next to me admitted that she trashpicked this set of steps by the side of the road. I doubt I'll get that lucky, so I might have to go to Home Depot sometime soon. But can't you just see it stacked up with stuffed animals? It would be so perfect for shows with limited space - the ability to go vertical is very valuable then.