In short, it was not good. But to be fair, I wasn't really expecting it to be great. The sale was an annual Valentine's day sale in the student center of the local college (SIUC). There were only 20-25 vendors, not all of it handmade, and there was almost nothing for signage directing people to the sale; so it is not like there was a stellar set up to begin with.
Much as I suspected there was not a lot of buying or even browsing traffic. A very small number of people coming to the student center just for the craft sale. Roughly 94% of the traffic through the space were students going to and from class.
The sale started at 10 and I had a few sales in the morning; but pretty much everything dropped off after noon. It was supposed to go until 5, but a few people were packing up at 3:30-4 already. I must say I was very tempted to join them. By that time even the students had stopped coming through. I couldn't bring myself to leave early, though. I always sort of thought of it as a contract when I attend an art/craft sale. If I leave before the sale is officially over I am breaking that contract, even for those sales that don't specifically stipulate that you must stay until the final bell. And you never know when that last minute sale is going to come through.
All in all it was pretty much what I expected...not much. I almost made enough to cover my time and expenses. As it stands I almost made minimum wage. Needless to say I will not be attending that sale next year.
And now a few shots of the Valentine's day schlock that didn't sell.
|Happy heart jar|
|Another little happy heart jar|
|Little heart bud vase|
|"Heart This" bud vase|
|"What the f*** is this?!" robot mug|
|"Cut your heart out with a" spoon rest|
Oh! I almost forgot the art/craft fair quote of the day!
Elderly female rug vendor reacting to the skull heart jar and human heart spoon rest - "Really?! Come on now...and I'm not too sure about this one either." (After looking at the rest of my stuff) "While I'm not into skeletons and bare organs, you do nice work...your flowers and stuff."
Does not liking someone's work give you the right to be condescending toward them? Oh well; she wasn't really mean, she was just expressing her opinion. It was actually kind of funny. Ok, that's all for now. Until later...
-Rob, Simple, Circle Studios