I was feeling nervous about doing shows after the disaster of the last one. Here's the short version: It wasn't cheap to get in, my borrowed pop-up tent blew over twisting the metal frame and I paid the owner for it. There was only one sale all day which didn't begin to cover the costs. Talk about disappointing!
Since I work a 40 hour a week job, I have a few hours a day to prepare and last week all of these were used to get ready for the Carmel Homecrafters Marketplace yesterday. I had never been to this one before, but it came highly recommended from a friend.
The weather was perfect after rain the day before. My 2 daughters graciously agreed to get up at 5AM so we could leave at 6, and off we went.
Well, this show made up for the last one. Sales were terrific and people were interesting to talk to. I bought from and traded with other artists. As always, I had my inkle loom and was demonstrating weaving. It is especially rewarding to show kids how it works; some have never seen a loom of any kind before and don't even know what to call it. At the end of the day someone bought the guitar strap that I was weaving.
Here is the really funny part, though. One absolutely sweet lady spent a long time shopping, trying on scarves and visiting. What she really wanted was a belt for her jeans. When I showed her the one I was wearing, she asked if she could buy it. Would my pants fall off, she asked? No chance. So I agreed to sell it to her. Then she decided that she also wanted the scarf I was wearing. Fine. I can easily replace them. (I'm glad that she didn't want anything else I was wearing like my sweater or shoes or anything really critical.) She wrote me a check and I hope that it is good, or the joke will be on me.