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Re: What are you doing today?
« Reply #12630 on: June 26, 2017, 11:52:10 AM »
IT is REALLY hard to run a show, regardless of the main focus.  Too many people think that if you schedule it, people will pay to be there and shoppers will show up just because.  It drives me nuts that people say "juried" when it's really not.  I'm happy for you, Larissa, that you avoided the nightmare!

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Re: What are you doing today?
« Reply #12631 on: June 26, 2017, 02:00:03 PM »
Oh, I get that it's really hard to run a show.  I see how hard it is just to throw a big party that we do every year, let alone dealing with the town and vendors and advertising and all that other junk.  It's got to be crazy.  I love organizing things, so on the surface it sounds really fun... and then I realize it's not.

So definitely kudos to Allison for starting the farmers market and trying to make it work.  She just really needs to up her game as a professional and understand the costs of doing business, and not take bad advice.  She lost not only $850 in market income, but also a whole additional full vendor booth (an attractive one, too, if I do say so myself), including lathe and spinning wheel demos (Eric was 100% planning to turn pens at he market and I was planning to spin yarn) by letting us take a step back and think about what we were getting into, rather than just being willing to take a CC or Paypal payment for our booth, with her paying the under $30 in fees (I think it was actually $23).  The kicker is she actually allows CC/Paypal payments for the occasional vendors (with her eating the fees), but wouldn't do it for us as a full-season vendor.  I'm sorry, that's just not good business.  I want her to be wildly successful, but I fear that if she doesn't figure it out fast, it'll just die out.

As for Cissy and the alleged "juried" craft fair - she's just a no-good shyster.  Examples, and why I wouldn't sign up for one of hers without scouting it first: 

Many years ago when I was a newer face painter, she told me that a street fair she was running would be a GREAT venue for me and I'd be the only body artist... and then in this TEENY TINY fair in a poor, crappy area, put me right across from the airbrush tattoos.  Only body artist, my foot.  I made $3, but spent $25 to be there, for a loss of $22.

When E & I first started Reef Botanicals, we decided to try again.  A fair at a school cafeteria one winter, where there was alleged to be a "craft corner."  Well, we WERE the entirety of the "craft corner," located directly next to the knock off $1 perfumes.  Not kidding.  And she hadn't arranged for heat in the school cafeteria, so we were all wearing our winter coats and still chattering and shivering.  No food arranged to be available, even to purchase.  People kept coming over to our soap, thinking it was fudge and being horribly disappointed.  $0 in sales.  Forget how much we spent to be there.

So when I saw "juried craft fair," I was skeptical, but wanted to check it out.  At least we met a cool woodworker and got the nifty plant.  And learned never to work with Cissy ever, ever again.  Ever.  Like ever.  She's been doing this many, many years, and it just boils down to the fact that she's just a horrible person.

In the meantime, Eric is selling his stuff like hotcakes, and I'm doing my darnedest to push mine.  I know that my yarn is tougher if people can't touch it, and if I don't start dyeing... which I want to do but need more stock first.  The drum carder is helping speed things up a lot, but it's still a lot of work, obviously.

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Re: What are you doing today?
« Reply #12632 on: June 27, 2017, 04:24:48 AM »

Hello,

this is what I'm doing today:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLSTBKqfyOE

This video is awesome.  ^-^

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Re: What are you doing today?
« Reply #12633 on: June 27, 2017, 07:44:59 AM »
I never get done everything I intend.  Didn't finish washing the Shetland last night (not as easy as alpaca!) So I'll finish that tonight.  It's really awesome, though.  And funny thing - I've got this leather bracelet that I wear that I now realize smells - probably permanently - like lanolin from washing the fleece.  I love it!

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Re: What are you doing today?
« Reply #12634 on: June 27, 2017, 09:56:32 AM »
Thanks for posting the video, Fracture....  it is very cool!  Would love to see your creations!

Larissa - is your rash gone?

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Re: What are you doing today?
« Reply #12635 on: June 27, 2017, 10:14:39 AM »
Yes!  Predisone is freakin' awesome stuff.  Though I forgot to take my last dose this morning - I'll take it tonight just to finish up.  Really wish I knew what caused it, though.

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Re: What are you doing today?
« Reply #12636 on: July 08, 2017, 01:48:25 PM »
Glad to see everyone keeping busy. I'm in the middle of "show craziness" season! Did one last Fri, another on Mon. ans Tues. Today I'm dyeing some yarn, have mulberries juiced to make jelly, need to make candles and further prepare for next week's show (add a few things to the car and trailer) And to think I'm the one who scheduled all this :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: . Have fun everyone.