I did yesterday. It was a first for me. We had our School wide Christmas party and before the festivities began in full force, we held our first creative fair. It turns out that there a lot of creatives among the staff, both administrators and faculty, and we got together to exhibit what we create and/or sell items if we wanted to.
I originally signed up a few months ago to show the outfits I made for the photo shoot. I wasn't sure about selling and decided that making connections and sharing my creations would be enough. Who am I kidding? Of course, I made items to sell as well. I thought I would give it a go to see what happens. You can see my stall in the above photo - the one with the clothes hanging above it!
I made a few needle cases. I have needed one for a while and was playing around with how to sew cardboard into it. I wanted a hard backed case as it is sturdy and will survive my clumsiness. I finally worked out how and thought they might make some nice stocking fillers. I also made hats. I got a lot of nice comments and interest about my hat that it seemed worthwhile.
The making was the easy part. I could select the colours, fabric and techniques with relative ease. What wasn't easy was the branding, pricing (just how much should you charge?!), and the confidence to stand behind the table while people browsed. What if people didn't like what I had made? It would be time wasted when I could have been sewing my Christmas gifts. What if they weren't interested in my hobby?
Life was made a little easier though. I also solde the products of another member of our community. Monica, from Made by Moni, makes crochet bags and bowls as well as some interesting earrings. I love her products!
I did manage to sell a few items - I couldn't believe people would pay for what I made! I was pleased with my work and never think twice about giving items I have made as gifts but for some reason I was shocked, and excited, that people would part with their hard earned cash. I would definitely try this again and hope that we will have another fair at work. Oh, and the party afterwards was great!