Hello again. It seems like I start each post out with an apology for being so inconsistent with this blog. I’m sorry.
So this post is primarily about how my first craft show went last weekend. Those that follow me on Instagram ( @turtleburgercrohet ) know that I’ve spent this week trying to process that experience. Here’s why: I failed. It didn’t go as I expected and I was hurt. I was frustrated. Since I’m being completely honest I felt like crochet and I needed a trial separation. I’m like Cougar in Top Gun: I’ve lost my edge. I haven’t been able to pick up a hook all week but I have worked on putting straggly yarn in organized cakes. I can’t completely separate from my yarn.
I’m not normally a negative person and can bounce back from things pretty quickly. I think I’ve had a hard time with this though because I truly just wasn’t expecting this. I jokingly made comments like “my goal is just to get the entry fee back.” Well, I barely made that by a few dollars. My mother in law did the show with me and she did fantastic I thought. We had different types of items so I was so proud of her. She’s all excited for next year. Just FYI, her turkey potholders were the favorite. As for my items, I had lots of compliments. My prices weren’t high to begin with but I even reduced them just to get things moving. Nothing. I did have a custom hat and mitten order but she hasn’t responded to the email so I’ll update on that progress.
I wish I could give some great insight in how to have a successful craft show experience but regrettably I cannot. I honestly don’t know what I could’ve done differently. Although here’s something: Just go with the flow and don’t expect anything. I believed this show is what I needed to turn Turtle Burger Crochet into a legit business. I’ve never made a sale in person or online so in my mind it’s still just a dream. Well I’m dreaming big because I’ve still got a lot I want to do that I will share another time.
Turtle Burger Crochet started as a dream to help my family be a little more financially independent so we can be together as much as possible. One craft show won’t change that. It sure would’ve made it a little easier though. Ha!
I’ll be coming at the business side of things from another angle but stay tuned. Turtle Burger Crochet isn’t going anywhere. I love it too much.