Overall, we had quite a few speedbumps along the way.
First of all, we didn't have a vehicle. We managed to find a truck to borrow, and then at the last minute Leah's dad ended up bringing their old truck down to Newton and trading out with the sad, sad van that Leah had before. So that problem was solved!
We loaded up everything with some very questionable rope tying and went on our merry way. Once we got onto the highway though, we noticed the back of the truck had popped open so we pulled off quick to close it again. Apparently, it doesn't latch all the way and when it's closed you can just yank it open if you pull hard enough. This happened a few times through our 30 minute drive, but we eventually made it all the way there without losing any of our belongings.
We got there with about 45 minutes to set up, and after some minor confusion as to where we were supposed to set up (we were suspicious that someone stole our original spot) we were putting the finishing touches on right as 10am hit and people started arriving.
People were friendly, and seemed to like our stuff, but we deduced that most people come to craft shows to just look at all the cool stuff, and not really buy much. Oh well. It was a long day, but having both of us there made it so much more fun. We were hoping to sell enough by lunch time to go buy some food, but eventually we gave up on that dream and Leah went off to buy some sandwiches. Turns out, her leaving was all it took, and people bought enough to cover our lunch cost. That was exciting.
Later in the afternoon our friend Caleb (winner of the best RD and most supportive friend award in our eyes) came to see us. He hung out for a while and put us in a much better mood, and even bought two of Leah's tea bowls, and then because he is so great he helped us tear everything down and even let us put some things in his car to take back home so we wouldn't have to worry about them flying out of our truck bed.
This is how we felt when we finally made a sale:
Basically, the craft show was a bit of a financial bummer and we'll probably be opening an e plus l etsy shop pretty soon, so keep your eyes out for that!
We did appreciate all the support and encouragement we received via Facebook, and all the people who asked about it when we got back that evening.
At this point, neither of us are too keen on doing another one any time soon, but I think we would have both regretted it if we had passed up the opportunity. You have to learn somehow!
-e plus l