I’m so nervous and excited at the same time! I’ve rented a booth at the The Patchwork Festival in Long Beach to sell my handmade wares this Sunday. If you are in the area on Sunday, November 17, stop by to say hi! Here is more info. I’ve never sold any of my work to the public like this and I have no idea how it will go.
I have been soooo busy sewing and making random things to sell at my half of the Sew Country Chick booth I’m sharing with my friend Fiona, who has a typesetting business called Lettre Sauvage. She and her husband make lovely letterpress printed stationery and cards . I think our things will look nice together.
I’ve been scouring Pinterest for display ideas but don’t really have a clear vision yet. I’ll will throw something together. I wish I had some old wooden ladders and beadboard paneling to put up at our booth. I’ve seen some lovely displays and I know they really take planning. Whatever doesn’t sell will be going into my little Etsy shop next week. My shelves will be brimming with merchandise soon! Unless by some stroke of luck I sell everything.
I made these little banners from my collection of vintage wallpapers and used some wool twine I found at at an estate sale. I’ve been feeling good about finally using my vintage fabrics and supplies I’ve been collecting for years. I had no idea how much of it I had until I started actually using it. I found these papers in an old bag in the back room at an estate sale. The lady just threw them in for free with the other things I was buying. What a lucky day that was because I had no clue how expensive old wallpaper can be until I started looking around on Etsy and E Bay.
Trying to figure out what to sell at craft fairs has been some work. I still have no idea what sells the most but I know showing up with 30 baby dresses in urban Los Angeles, well, Long Beach, probably isn’t going to be the best plan. It’s an Indie hip fair with lots of young people and many probably don’t have babies to buy for. So maybe they’ll want a pouch or a bag to put those plastic bags in that everyone seems to accumulate and feel guilty about even though we try our best to bring our recyclable bags to the store. Maybe some shopping bags might not be a bad idea either.Most of my stuff is made from vintage fabrics but this Russian doll fabric was in my stash and it’s just so cute! This is one of the bags for holding plastic bags from the grocery store. I always seem to forget my fabric bags and this is really handy for storing them. I have several little headbands made from recycled sweater scraps. I have so many wool sweaters. I’d love to hear more ideas about what to make with them. This dress is a combination of new and vintage fabric. It’s a very simple pattern I made from size 6 months to age 4. I found this cute fox fabric at Joann.Lots of vintage fabric pouches. I’m finally using up all of those metal vintage zippers I had sitting around. Although those metal zippers look really cool they are so scratchy on my skin I never used them.
Well, thanks for checking out my wares!