December 31, 2009


Well, look who's been blogged about! And on a non-crafty blog...what?

Retro Synth Ads - cool retro-synth gifts

This is the collage that I made as a gift for the devistatingly handsome owner of the aformentioned blog. He was kind enough to big me up on his site, for which I am both giddy and grateful. Hopefully it will lead to more synthy-collages because I had so much fun making this one!

December 10, 2009

Craft Sale Survival - part 1

As a relative newbie on the scene, I am by no means an expert in the ways of the craft sale, but there are a few things I have learned in my short time manning my table of handmade wares. I know everyone has theirs, but I thought I would share with you my own list of “must haves” at a craft sale. Feel free to comment with your suggestions, too.

Besides your product, signage and display items (I’ll leave that to you), be sure to bring along:

Business cards. Don’t leave home without ‘em. Ever. I have yet to attend a show that didn’t result in at least one call-back from someone who grabbed my card. Don’t have cards? Shame on you! I buy mine from the copy/print centre at my local big-box office supply store. I am able to design my own on their handy-dandy kiosk (or online) and they’re ready for pick-up in 3 days. At $22 for 250, they’ve already paid for themselves.

Change. And lots of it. I keep a “float” of fives, twos, singles and quarters, which I replenish after each sale and then keep in a safe place. (It’s not under my bed, so don’t look there!) With most ATMs dispensing only 20s, you can expect to see a lot of them, especially early in the day or if you are placed close to a door.

Pens/notebook. Great for making lists, jotting down the names of customers, new product ideas, etc etc etc. If things get slow, you can play hangman with your neighbour.

Assorted fasteners. Clothes pins, safety pins, zip-strips, duct tape, push pins, twine – you never know when you are going to want to attach something (or make a quick repair) to your set-up.

An extra tablecloth. Good for “oopsies” (ask me about “nacho kid” someday), but also great to have on hand in case you are given an extra-long table or asked to “spread out” because someone didn’t show up.

The tools of your trade. Pack whatever you might need to make a quick repair on your goods. For me, that means a glue stick and scissors. For you, that could mean jewelry pliers, a needle & thread, etc. Think quick-fix. If the repair is more involved than that (ie: requiring clamps) or is going to take you away from paying customers, pack it up and take it home.

A snack. I have yet to eat a warmed-over hot dog from the concession at a craft sale. Why? Because I pack an insulated bag with veggies, yogurt, crackers and fruit, that’s why! (This little trick also prevents you from making a meal out of a loaf of banana bread or a plate of cookies from the bake table. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.) Just be conscious of your surroundings and try to pack items that can be surreptitiously eaten during lulls or between customers. And, keep in mind that the fastest way to get a customer to come along and ask you a question is to put something in your mouth.

A reusable coffee cup and/or water bottle. That should go without saying.

Something to do. Sometimes traffic just isn’t all that brisk and the hours tick-tick-tick away. In that case, it’s ok to work on your knitting or read a book, but please do it during lulls or between customers. (Personally, I won’t buy something from you if you are sitting back engrossed in a trashy novel or if I think I’m disturbing your cross-stitching…but that’s just me.) I like to bring things to cut out, stamp or assemble. It’s a craft sale, so I figure I might as well…craft!

Bags and tissue/newsprint. Most people pack reusable bags now, but it’s always good to have a supply on hand just in case (especially if you sell large or breakable items).

A container or baggie of glass/surface cleaning wipes and a couple garbage bags are always good to have, too. It never hurts to tidy!

December 8, 2009

I came. I sold. I folked.

Fun was had at the Folk Fest sale this past weekend. Two mirrors went to new, happy homes and lots and lots of pins found lapels to perch on. As for me, I showed incredible restraint and came home with one fabulous pair of warm fleece mittens, which I swapped some pins for. Yay for swappage!

The only weird thing about the whole day was not having to handle the cash; the store took care of all of that for us. Don't get me wrong, it was nice not to have to worry about money...but now I have to wait for a cheque. There goes the whole "instant gratification" thing. ;-)

Next up - "This Ain't Your Grandma's Craft Sale" at the Park Theatre. I am so excited/nervous about this sale. It's the last one of the year and rumoured to be "the big one". Not big as in scale, but big as in traffic and exposure. (And hopefully sales...knock wood!)

December 4, 2009

Feeling Folky?

I’ll be taking part in the Winnipeg Folk Festival’s annual Holiday Craft Sale tomorrow from 11am to 5pm at the Folk Exchange. Come out to pick up some one-of-a-kind handmade gifts, place a custom order, bring me a coffee from the Fyxx or just say ”HI!”

‘tis the season to be Ticketyboo!

December 3, 2009

The rest.

Finally, here are the last three mirrors from my recent batch.

I especially love the robot mirror because a) it has real "robotty" looking bits on it and b) it now lives in the nursery of a very cute baby boy. My only wish is that he grows up loving 'bots as much as we do.


December 2, 2009

Three & Four down...

This past weekend was a nutty one, sales-wise.

On Friday night, the Etsy gals got together at the Costume Museum for a W.E.S.T. sale. I was expecting to chit-chat with Ruth, Emily and Susan all night, but I was off in a different room. No worries, though...Jill, Melanie and the Jens were there. Not as much gabbing was done, but that was OK because there was lots of selling to do. I was happy to sell a couple mirrors and lots of cards!

Sunday was the much-anticipated Crescentwood Craft Sale. The traffic was somewhat less than I had anticipated (Grey Cup, weather, etc), but I did pretty good. The pins sold well, as did the notepads and mirrors. It was my first time using my new rack (more about that later) and it really made a difference in carded pin sales. In fact, I think 90% of my pins were sold on cards that day. Hmmm...

Other than a fist-full of cash (lol), I came away from the weekend with a renewed appreciation for my little craft posse. They are such incredible, generous, creative women. I am lucky to know them.


The Games

Five more mirrors! These are so much fun to make. I have an ever-expanding stash of vintage game "bits" that I dip into to create them. The poor mascot won't let me anywhere near our Scrabble set anymore...




Custom order for Ruth - sold.

Custom order for Emily - sold.


December 1, 2009

The Gals

I have been having so much fun lately creating new projects with my vintage sewing patterns and books. These mirrors are the first in what I hope will be a long series featuring "the gals".