I have been doing bazaars now for about 6 years, and I would have to say, this year was slow and comparable to my very first year in sales. I bumped up my schedule and added two additional bazaars, both of which are fairly new bazaars, and for the flow of people, I didn’t do too bad.
I have been doing bazaars now for about 6 years, and I would have to say, this year was slow and comparable to my very first year in sales. I bumped up my schedule and added two additional bazaars, both of which are fairly new bazaars, and for the flow of people, I didn’t do too bad. The main bazaar that I do had less in attendance, and my sales showed it, but despite the lack in sales, I still had a great time. I am cleaned out of ornaments, and need to stock up on my ornament stash and start painting now in order to get my inventory back up.
I would have to say the hardest thing about doing bazaars is listening to some of the comments people say as they walk by and look at your table, they must think we can’t hear them from the other side of the table. At one bazaar I had several people ask me where I buy my pre-painted items that I am selling. I responded with, everything on this table is hand painted by “ME”, and they look at me in amazement. I guess because I paint in multiples it threw a few people off, I had to explain more than once the assembly line painting that I do….people just couldn’t figure it out. But amongst all of the off the wall comments, there are those wonderful shoppers that love everything you have painted and have a tough time deciding what they want to buy because they want it all. It is the shoppers like this that make all of the hard work worth while!
Among all of the shoppers I even ran into several fans of the Artist’s Club, and we shared ideas and chatted about painting, it is always great to meet painters who love what you do for a living. It may be a lot of work to prepare for my bazaars – well actually maybe if I started my painting now instead of two months before my first bazaar, I wouldn’t get so stressed out – I still enjoy painting, selling my items, and meeting new people each year. I think right now though, I am going to paint a few things for myself, bake some holiday treats with my boys, wrap some gifts, and just try and enjoy the season.
Merry Christmas and Happy Painting!