On Saturday I finally got to go to my first show as a vendor! I was so nervous. I hadn’t done something like this as the owner of the business. Mostly i just helped with a photography business that traveled and set up tents for on-spot sports photos. So, this was a huge step for me.
Luckily I already knew how to set up a a tent. It was a good thing too because I set the tent up the night before and it was SO windy. I used The Claw anchors (made for airplanes) to keep my tent from sailing away. I was confident they’d do their job in the windy night, but I was still relieved when I saw my tent still planted in the ground that morning.
The organizers and staff at the park were amazing! Not only helping me set up the night before (finding my plot and giving me tips) but also the day of they checked on everyone and were super nice. The other artists and event-goers were very helpful. I had one lady give me a tip to turn my table so people could see, and I took it that day because she was right. Another lady—an artist that was browsing—talked about how we never seem to get things down on paper the way we see them in our head. It was a mutual moment of understanding. Then she prayed with me! I felt really loved in that moment.
Because my mom was injured, my dad went with me. My mom and I get along well, but having dad there was a blessing! He’s an extrovert in a family of introverts and he helped me SO MUCH getting foot traffic in. he developed a “my daughter the artist” speech and he initiated conversations, which made it easy for me to just jump in and answer questions people had. And the great thing is DAD WAS IMPRESSED WITH ME. (He is the type of person that needs more convincing that others)
I went thinking that only a few people would show interest in my work, but I was actually happy that so many people got excited! I had originally stocked my table full of more landscapes instead of fantasy, but it turns out the fantasy creatures were more interesting. Lots of kids wanted to see the unicorns. Teens and people close to my age loved the dragons and the creatures, and adults loved the landscapes and knew their kids liked the other things. I got in touch with people and felt super successful whenever someone grabbed my postcards or business cards.
All in all it was a great day!