Well, let me start by saying that for this time of the year, the weather couldn't have been much worse on Saturday. The temperature was just above freezing but there was also a cold wind blowing making it almost unbearable to be outside. Once we got the tent up and everything set out, Aubrey went in search of a heater to keep me warm. Luckily, I had Bella with me to keep me company. I put her down inside my jacket with me to keep her from shivering and was hoping it would also benefit me, but since she is such a small dog she didn't produce enough body heat to do much for me. Eventually Aubrey returned with a small propane Mr Heater and the sides of the tent to break some of the wind. Although these things definately helped, it was still a long and miserable day. And to top it off, the only sale of the day was in the morning while Aubrey was off looking for a heater and it was only for $16. I was surprised at how many people did venture out in this weather to browse around, but that is all they were doing: browsing. Many of the vendors decided to pack up and cut their losses for the weekend and not return on Sunday. I was all for this idea, but Aubrey was sure Sunday would be a better day.
Reluctantly, we got up Sunday morning and headed up the mountain. It was still cold outside and I really did not want to have another day like Saturday. Then, I saw a ray of light... literally, a ray of sunlight... the sun was coming out! We began to get our hopes up for a more productive day thinking more people would be willing to get out in the cold since it was at least going to be a sunny day. Boy were we wrong! I think about half of the vendors didn't return on Sunday which made the show look a little sparse. And believe it or not, I don't think there was as good of a turn out of shoppers as there was on Saturday. We didn't sell one single thing Sunday.
I would have been happy to have just broke even on our costs for entering the show, but with a total sales of only $16 for the entire weekend, we definately LOST money on this show. Needless to say, I don't think we will be doing this show again! And what is so disappointing is we had high hopes of this being a great time of the year for a craft show in our area with all the tourists visiting to see the beautiful fall colors of our mountains.
I also had other motives for wanting a good show this time, besides the obvious money issue... I just recently set up a merchant services account for us to be able to process credit cards from my blackberry at these craft shows and really wanted to try it out. Oh well, I guess there is always next month at the Hard Candy Christmas show in Cullowhee the Friday & Saturday after Thanksgiving, which is sure to be better! Hope to see you there!