Here it comes.
Here's the story of how I am about to become a Craft Show Vendor.
In early October I applied to be a vendor at our local outdoor produce/craft/plant etc. market, now in its 2nd year. (It's the Seminole Heights Sunday Morning Market, www.sundaymorningmarket.com). I received vendor approval but unfortunately they're full, so I was put on their Alternate List. I thought that was the end of it, at least for the immediate future. Well, about a week later I received a "vendor call" for a new market being run by the same management at a shopping area just north of here, in Wesley Chapel. It's going to be held at a new shopping mall called Wiregrass (www.theshopsatwiregrass.com). The term "shopping mall" is a little misleading here, because rather than being in an enclosed building, it's a spread out, open air type arrangement, with "nicer" mall stores like Williams-Sonoma, Barnes & Noble and J. Jill. It's kind of a "Main Street" type setup, quite pretty actually, and a nice change from what you usually see around here. It's awfully soon for me to be doing something like this (my business just turned 4 months old on Sunday!) but this seemed like a great opportunity, so why not go for it? This whole Quilting Violinist adventure has been about plowing through doors as they open; here's the next one!
So. I am alternately giddy with excitement and queasy with terror. People keep asking me if I'm ready. I usually smile and say something noncommittal. What I WANT to say is, "HOW THE #@!%^&*%$!!! SHOULD I KNOW IF I'M READY OR NOT. I'VE NEVER DONE THIS BEFORE".
Well, I guess I will find out on Saturday if I'm ready or not.
What to bring? Well, my whole Etsy shop, for one--quilts and placemat sets. I've made 7 additional selvage bath mats with different color backs, and different block arrangements. I think they're a great fit for what's being advertised as an "green, eco-friendly, handmade" sort of event. I also have more of the selvage coaster sets, dressed up for the holidays with a gold g clef ornament hanging from the ribbon that ties them together.
I also have a new tumbler block quilt in French Provincial colors. That purpley-blue color really does get me all excited. And you can just make out a little fancy stitching on the red border. Think of it as a trip to the South of France without the TSA pat-down.
I've also made 6 of these selvage bibs. Honestly, I think they are absolutely ADORABLE. So we'll see if there's any interest in those. These are just one size (quite small, probably 0-3 months) but if people seem interested in them I'll get some more patterns and offer them in different sizes in the future.
A few recycled cd-rom pincushions, with quilt blocks leftover from another project.
My own banner, to hang at the back of the tent. I don't know why, but I found getting this terribly exciting. I had it made a little bit smaller, 2'x3'. For some irrational reason, it felt to me like a company with one employee should have a smaller banner. Well, a smaller banner will also fit nicely on the front of one of my tables should I ever do an indoor show.