My first Craft Show

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Posted by Mika on October 29, 2002 at 14:54:54:

"Vendors Wanted". Well, thought i would give it a go. All the
medival fairs had died down and there were not many sca event
on for a while in my area.

i paid the deposit. I was not expecting to make it back, but at
least get my name out there. I showed up 15 min before the 10
am opening and set up my rug, fold out chair, indian table, books
and price sheet.

I sat among the countless knitted sweaters, wooden spice
racks, christmas table runners and handmade barbie outfits. By
2 pm, I had made 1/4 of my booth cost. 2 hours left til closing. No
worries, but getting a little loney. The heat had been turned off,
so any henna i did do would really not turn out well. A few more
people came and I told them to go browse in the next room while
their henna dried becasue it was very warm in there. A few more
20somethings and a few kids stopped by and let me work away.

I managed to book one tweenie party and get contacts to do 5
Girls Nights In (I added in i could teach an intro Belly Dance
course for a little extra incentive).

I felt better after beining told how much people had desperatly
been looking for a henna artist. 70%, 70%!!!!! of the women i
spoke to told me they were alergic to henna, that i caused
blisters and a rash. First question was 'was it black' and the
answer was always 'yes'. So i managed to educate a lot of
people and they were happy to let me provide a safe henna dot
to check for alergies.

Lots of educating, cards and bookings later, i manaded to make
twice my booth fee and felt great about getting my name out



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