Thursday, December 4, 2008

Making Money To Continue Feeding My Fiber Art Addiction

~ So, I have been selling my Nuno Felt Scarves at a small shop in my area on and off for almost a year. A little after I learned how to make Nuno Felt I got my mom interested in felting. She has gotten quite adept at it over the past year. She makes hats, bags, and jewelery. She found out about the Streeterville Artisan Market from a fellow class-mate towards the end of last summer and we decided to apply for it. We got accepted as a vendor. So on November 7th and 8th we did our first Art/Craft Fair. And, we did well! At least I think so. We manged to make enough that we paid for our table, materials, and time. I am sure other vendors probably made more of a profit, but, for our first Fair I think we did well. I have to admit it took a lot of organizing (more than one would think). It also took a lot longer than I thought it would to build up a decent amount of stock. Up until this point I was only making scarves when the shop sold one and the shop never kept more than six scarves at a time. So I really didn't have much in the way of stock built up. Good thing we had a couple months to get things together. After my experience with the Streeterville Artisan Market I have a lot of respect for people who do this sort of thing full time. It might be interesting to go that direction eventually myself. But, for the moment, I am not giving up my other job.
~ This coming Saturday December 6th my mom and I are having a Trunk Show at the shop I have been selling my scarves at. If you happen to live in Chicago, IL and want to check us out the shop's name is Painted Light Photos at 1742 W. Balmoral Avenue. We will be there from 11am to 5pm doing periodic demos and hopefully selling our wares. Above I included a quick snapshot of our booth at the Streeterville Artisan Market (took me awhile to figure out how to attach the picture and I am not sure how you make it show up on the bottom, oh well this works. LOL). I will try an put up a post soon after the Trunk Show.

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