Monday, June 11, 2012

Broad Ripple

The first picture is what the booth looked like at the beginning of day one. The picture below is what it looked like at the beginning of day two. I wish I would have taken a picture at the end of day two of what I had left. I also had extra clocks in the back but went through those quickly.

Broad Ripple was almost a month ago and I haven't given the post show update. Boo.

Basically it went great! So great I almost sold out of clocks. Which is good. But I think I lost out on at least ten or more sales because my selection was so limited the second day. I can't blame people, if you only see six clocks on the wall, you realize you're not getting to pick exactly what you may want. So lesson learned, I'm taking a butt load of clocks to future shows. That translates to a lot of work, but it will be worth it. I try not to think too much about the end of September and into October when I will have three, possibly four shows in a row. That means I'll need about four to five hundred clocks ready to go before that first show because I won't have time to work on clocks en-between the shoes. Okay, no more thinking about that right now.

Broad Ripple was so refreshing. Especially since it was my first show after gloomy Winterfair last year. Everyone was so nice and friendly. The painter next to us on one side was cheerful, and the lady selling unique handmade clothing on the other side of us was super friendly as well. The staff and volunteers at the show were helpful and nice. All the patrons was nice. It was one big nicefest! I will definitely be applying to that show again next year. The fantastic sales were nice too. Zero complaints from me. Even the weather was nice. Hot, but nice. It waited to rain on us until we were packing up the car after the show. I'll take that over rain during the show.

My new display looked and worked great. It felt like people were able to easily walk into the booth and look things over. Not a single molded clock hit the ground. It worked out great having them on shelves on the side of the booth. No one bumped into them. The best part was the booth layout enabled me to relax in my awesome new director's chair in the booth, but out of the way. Wonderful. Plus, I got a nice new booth shot for applications and have been accepted into a show with that new booth shot. So it's good to know that at least one show found it acceptable to warrant an invitation to their show.

My fascination with the other booths is gone. I used to see all kinds of stuff I wanted to trade for or buy. But I'm over it I think. Which is kind of funny, because I was walking around the show looking at the other booths thinking that exact thought when I saw something I thought I had to have. It was a weird wall sculpture. Very industrial looking of a woman's face, a baby doll looking face, and weird metal tubes and gears. It made me think of Geiger. But it was $250. I sent Nick over to look at it and the artist told Nick he would sell it to me for $200. I really really liked it, but the goal of Broad Ripple was to stock up on supplies, pay booth fees, and save some money, so I just couldn't justify the expense. Maybe I'll run into that artist again at another show sometime. I'm becoming so responsible!

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