Thursday, October 14, 2010

Shop Talk: Retail Tales & Craft Fair Game

L to R: "I Do" choker, $24-NEW! earring tags-Plume dangles, $20



I peck this post dry-eyed and caffeinated to the point of impending nausea, I have a meeting with a stockist in a few hours. This is not just any stockist, but my first and in many respects my favorite, Frances Vintage. Peep the [shop] and the [blog]. Local. Awesome. Cool.


The past couple weeks have been an exciting-sarcasm rolls from lip and drips into tepid cawfee-mix of student, sweatshop employee, and quality control specialist for me. As much as I love what I do, there is a level of tedium in the production process that makes for a most unsparkly me. So, guess what I did to combat some of the tedium of mass manual production. Give up?! I'll tell you what I did, I spread myself thinner than the jam on my orally hyper-sensitive person toast. I applied for a spot at a local craft fair!


This is when you say, in glee club like harmony, "Oh Tameka! Why, pres tell?" And, I -after giving the question much consideration- reply, with shrugged shoulders and a quizzical gaze.


Now that it's done, as I await my fate from the judges I've started to mentally prepare myself for the uppercut, roundhouse of rejection, all whilst working on designs and display solutions should I be chosen. I'm retiring the ticket earring displays for a more cost/waste conscious, sophisticated tag. They've been hand-cut from recycled, patterned, metallic holiday gift boxes.


Oh, did I mention the craft fair is to be held the week of final exams, and Jordan's 19th birthday? Fun times.




Peace and preparation

5 comments:

mairedodd said...

things always seem to layer themselves like that... it is almost inevitable that when i have a show, something happens in the week or two prior that makes it impossible for me to make anything... you are going to do fabulously - you have work that is very identifiably you...
i do the same thing as you though - get over-committed at times... 'this too shall pass'... but in the case of the show, have fun - just look at it as people watching with sales involved...

chicalookate said...

I am totally feeling you on this post.. minus the children and school. I have 4 (maybe 5) shows coming up in the next 2 months, 2 of which I am either organizing or helping to organize. Plus I am working on a big new retail venture which has me a bit frazzled. Not to mention my online shop. Gah! I will be a sweatshop work for Halloween I guess. :) But we are strong resilient ladies and I know we can make it.

GreenTease said...

Well put!!!

Barbara said...

Aww man, the fun is about to begin. You can do it! You can do it! ::chants from the sidelines::

jewelry Rockstar said...

Fall craft fairs and festivals are so hard to resist. Who can blame you for wanting a little bit of it. Hope you get in and have lots of energy too.

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