Monday, May 2, 2011

From One Bag To Another...



I have just had the most bizarre weekend.  I nearly wrote ever, but it wasn't quite that, but close.  Think of this post as a little note (read: vent) I am writing to you as my cherished, ever so crafty, blog friends...from One Bag To Another.  *Hugs*  Plus, I know that you'll totally understand where I am coming from.

I was an exhibitor at a papercraft show that I had originally declined the offer but decided to take up the last minute offer to attend despite my gut instincts (which never ends well) based on the strong urgings of the organizer.  As some of you know I sell my cards, but my main crafty offering for sale are my custom crystal creations through my crafty business called Rocks, Paper, Scissors!®.  Why I ever thought I'd do okay is beyond me despite being eagerly asked by the organizer to participate?  The organizer of the event thought it would be nice for the papercrafters to have something also handmade, yet different, on offer along with my cards to buy as part of the show.  I am still shaking my head because it was three long days of people walking by my stall that I took a great deal of time and consideration to decorate muttering, what is she doing here and what is that?  Or better yet...Where are the paper scissors!  Huh? I did have two baskets full of cards for sale and some other papercraft but didn't think any die-hard papercrafter would ever want to buy them.  Seriously.  Why would they?  Surely they'd make their own?  But even though I had about 75 cards for sale, I certianly wasn't ever expecting to recoup the big expense of being a stallholder by selling these few handmade cards alone.  I'd only be in with a chance with making my money back if I had ten years worth of cards to sell and that would be only if they sold at an exorbitant price!  I had, foolishly, hoped my "rocks" would have sold better though and not be looked at as if they fell out of the backside of a donkey.  Sigh.  I  am at the markets and different festivals each weekend selling my creations generally, so I didn't think things would have been as terrible as this experience was.

Over the three days of the festival, I managed to sell only 7 cards and a couple of my handmade bracelets.  But what really got my goat was when one woman said with three of my cards in her hand just purchased that she was so excited because she going to copy, in multiples, these cards exactly!  OMG!  I nearly fainted not to mention spit chips!  I completely froze in utter disbelief that she would do that, and also boldly look me in the face and say that out loud as she turned and walked away with her newly purchased templates! Sweet Jeebus!  I dare say that that was also the motive behind the few other card sales I made on this El Bizzaro weekend.  There were many people flicking through my cards and looking at them closely.  But naïve me thought they may have just been "appreciating" them perhaps, but not just studying them!  I really felt like a mug afer this weekend from Hell and in desperate need of a hot shower and a scotch (and I don't even like scotch!).  Needless to say, I hope to never find myself in that positon again.

Here are a couple of "not so happy" snaps of my stand.  Not sure why they look so green, but maybe it was because this craft show was "out of this world" and not in a good way either.  So pleased I've returned to the safety and security of our planet Blog World. Aahhhh...




Ooh, and the card at the top of this post captures my appreciation, in a loving, light hearted way of course, and shows just how I feel about my fabulous blog friends.  Plus, I don't know any other gorgeously crafty sorts that would put up with this old bag (me) in any case.  I used only Crafty Secrets stamps, Copics, Vintage Lace, Grand Nesties, October Afternoon DP and some weeny Keisercraft Pearls to bejewel these beauties.

So pleased you stopped by for a chat.  It means the world to me!

12 comments:

Chris said...

How absolutely frustrating! I'm sorry you had such a bummer of a show.

Don't they say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.... Or some other BS like that?

I can't believe she said that out loud... How tacky.

Cathy Weber said...

Wow, what a weekend. I would say you should be flattered that someone wants to copy your cards, but I think she sounded like a total jerk to actually say it out loud. I know we all case cards we admire, but I think I would have had a hard time keeping my mouth shut when I heard her remark. You are a better person than me. I think your table set-up was beautiful and your card today was colored so perfectly, I thought you might have paper pieced those "old bags". Don't let this weekend discourage you, you make beautiful cards that are filled with creativity and talent.

Keva said...

Oh wow. I'm sorry, but yeah that totally sucked eggs. Your stall looks gorgeous and so does your jewelry. I hate that the event wasn't as great as it should have been AND that people were rude. I do like your card - great sentiment.

Denise said...

I'm honoured to be an "old bag" friend of yours! ;) Bizarro sounds like the right way to describe it... but your booth is beautiful and your cards are always lovely. HUGS!

teegee7617 said...

Ooooh, so sorry for your weekend weirdness. I love your super fun card!

Karen C. said...

Three days of that nonsense would surely have sent me over the edge - your booth was so beautifully decorated, so I guess it could be viewed as a 'learning experience'!!
Your commitment to crafy goodness has allowed you to get through it all with a sense of humour - Love your card - it's just so fun!!

Terri said...

Cute card! I am sorry to hear what happened to you at the craft show this weekend. I can relate though. I was offered the chance to sell my work at a show this weekend too but nothing sold. I am glad at least a few of your items sold. I know how discouraging it can be though.

Stephanie said...

Jen........How frustrating for you!! I can't even imagine what I might say if someone were to say that right to my face.......Probably nothing good, that's for sure. Chalk it up as a learning experience and I guess look at the silver lining in that she loved what she saw. You do fantastic work and should be so proud of that. {hugs}

Anne B said...

Jen, what a awful experience - I just can't understand it because your cards are amazing and your stand looks fab. I can totally understand your frustration. *hugs* from across the ditch :)

Anna (doctorfoodie) said...

Wow, crazy! I love your cards, your booth looked great, and most of the attendees obviously missed your creative genius.

Danielle Therese Greenwood said...

Oh no Jen! That is awful! What boobs! Your booth looked amazing too! :(

Jill said...

Jen, I'm so sorry your selling event was such a stinker! Your booth looks amazing, and I'm sure your products were too! I love your card! Hee, I have those stamps and now I want to get them out and actually use them, LOL! Thanks, old bag! ;-D