Many people were left twiddling their thumbs after the whirlwind that was the promise of The Mermaid Convention in Ellicott City, Maryland. Though we have yet to get the full story and it may never happen, this is my account of the events so far, and my experience with booking the event.
Should you leave Etsy too? Should you even set up your shop? Etsy is a popular marketplace for beginners and many seasoned professionals, but could there be something to lose by establishing your presence there? What are your other options for selling online?
If you have ever researched craft / vendor fairs, whether you are planning to attend or vend, you know how backbreaking and frustrating it can be to find a good one! The internet seems to be the only resource, but it's also inundated with phony and lame events. Learn how to dig up a treasure trove of events, and how to decipher the good from the... meh.
Making bath bombs is hard! Why do they make these kits for your kids? I can barely do it and I AM the adult supervision! Save yourself some time and money and LEARN from our mistakes before you go on this whisking and molding adventure!
Fairs and shows can be intimidating for both guests and vendors. Nobody likes feeling pushed to buy things they don't want, and nobody wants to feel like they are being pushy or daunting. If the idea of putting your foot in your mouth keeps you from shopping small because you're worried about how to eloquently sail the pop-up sea, then have a look at these quick tips of what NOT to say to vendors!