On Saturday, I went to a craft show with my daughter, Melissa. We had fun walking around, looking at everything and even buying a couple items.
Three soy candles from Nature's Quest. I love soy candles and burn them often in my house. These have wonderful scents - southern apple, coconut lime and lavender litsea.
I am not a crafter or an artist, (I do sew) but I admire those of you who are. Pinterest and your blog posts inspire me.
However, I do have some insider information. Until last year, my job was the director of an arts and craft show. Sounds fun right? Well, you would think so and there were parts that were, but there was also a lot of craziness involved. You have to be very organized and be willing to talk and listen to a lot of people all letting you know exactly what they need and want over the course of a weekend.
I was very protective of the crafters and artists and always had their best interests at heart. They all want the best location possible and to have everything organized for their set up. Another big point for them, is to not be near and definitely, not next to, someone in the same category or medium. Also, everyone wants all the art and crafts to be of high quality and created by the artist. All this drives their sales.
These artists work very hard setting up and tearing down their work and their displays (including tents) almost every weekend in the summer. They need every show to be profitable. It was my job, to do my best for them and make sure they were happy and making money.
So, have fun and do a little shopping if you are attending any art fairs or craft shows this summer - now you know a little of what happens behind the scenes :)