Craft Shows: My Rookie Year #2

Welcome back! Let’s talk about my FIRST, ever, ever craft show experience! Queue the scary music…dundunDUN! During the vendor research process I felt pretty confident that this was going to be an exciting a new experience but let me tell you once I actually booked my first show I became a nervous wreck once the preparations began. 

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Adorable “OnTheYarn” tent banner my cousin made for me

I decided that the first one up would be the Katy Rice Harvest Festival in Katy, TX  (http://www.riceharvestfestival.org), I heard good things about the Rice Harvest and that it was a solid family event. The vendor fee was $125 for this event. I invited my cousin to share a table with me and split the cost of the registration fee, I would definitely suggest for a first-timer to go this route. It reduces a lot of stress, and now you have a buddy to take shifts with for food/bathroom breaks. 

 

In the weeks after the event registration I started crocheting my hiney off. I made crochet hair clips, lots of baby and toddler hats, a couple of blankets, and minion plush toys. I didn’t know what to expect, and what people would be looking for so I had to wing it in a sense with trial and error. I made sure all of my items had a size label and price tag on them, I purchased a 300/pck of hanging tags at Hobby Lobby for $2.00.  I probably had about 60 pieces in total. The event organizers allowed us to set up the night before at 8PM so with my niece, cousin, and her husband in tow, that’s what we did! The E-Z not so easy to set up tent (12X12) took us about an hour to put up. I had two 8X10 tables, two table cloths, three borrowed retail shelves, and three chairs. 

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Fast-forwarding to the morning of the show – boy was it HUMID! I’ve lived in Houston all of my life and it still shocks me how crazy, humid it can be during the Fall. The forecast also called for rain the entireweekend which didn’t bode well for the outdoor event! The doors opened at 9AM and the crowds started to trickle in, quite a few people stopped by and browsed. I took a few large clothespins and hung a few hat models on the outside of the tent, that gave customers the chance to take a glance and draw them into our tent. The Minion beanies and plush toys were such a big hit – by the end of the day I was sold out, made me wish I had more! Katy, TX is big on high school football but surprisingly I didn’t sell a single one. Trial and error. 

Main hat table under the tent

Main hat table under the tent

The afternoon rolled around and it was super, super hot outside and we were sweaty messes but kept our spirits up. Then the rain came…

image[2]We got a sudden downpour and rushed to move all the tables into the middle of the tent, since the road was at a slant the back of our tent was completely flooded up to our ankles. We didn’t want to risk my cousin’s handmade greeting cards getting wet and curling – funny nightmare! It continued to rain on and off throughout the afternoon and stopped a little after 5. It didn’t stop people from attending the festival though, and we had a few customers seek shelter within our tent from the rain. Overall, Day 1 went pretty well despite the rain. I sold out of all my minion themed items, a few pumpkin hats, lots of hair clips, and some owl beanies. My goal was to cover my registration fee, I made that and a little extra! 

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There’s not much to say about Day 2 except that it was TOTALLY rained out. Boohoo. I received an e-mail around 6:20AM as I glanced out the window of my apartment telling me that because of the inclement weather the Rice Festival could not successfully go forward with no additional refund – that was a bit of a bummer but understandable. 

My first weekend craft show, though only one day, felt like a successful one. I had a lot of fun with my family and talking to other vendors around. A lot of small business success stories which is always uplifting. 

Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out my blog post, I hope you’ll stick around for the next one! xo 

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New series! FIBER FRIDAYS!

I’m starting a new Friday series called – Fiber Friday! I’m going to be highlighting my favorite yarn and fibers to work with.

Let’s start with the basics – cotton! My current favorite 100% cotton is I LOVE THIS COTTON found at Hobby Lobby. It’s the in house generic brand but by far the best cotton yarn I’ve used, and the easiest to work with.

Cost: $3.29/skein
Pros: Rarely splits, soft feel, good value, lots of fun colors.
Cons: Doesn’t stretch, no skein size variations

What’s your favorite 100% cotton brand? Image

Hooked on Hooks.

Sounds wrong, doesn’t it? 

I’ve been crocheting on and off for the past five(ish) years and over that time I’ve collected quite a few styles and lost a few hooks too! I thought I would share some of my preferences with y’all.  

Clover Soft Touch Crochet Hooks

Clover Soft Touch Crochet Hooks

I love, love, LOVE my Clover Soft hooks! They’re the most comfortable for me to use at the moment, especially on a project that’s going to take a lot of time.  I hold my hook like a knife, so the problem I have with aluminum and plastic is that the butt-ends jab me until my palm is absolutely raw! Ouch. These hooks retail at about $6.99 in my area (Thank goodness for 40% off coupons!) and you can pick them up at Joanns, Hobby Lobby, and Michaels. The only downsize is that the largest size they come in is a J/6.0

Aluminum Hooks

Aluminum Hooks

I know I’m not the ONLY one that has an obnoxious collection of aluminum hooks, I have lots of duplicate sizes as well. I like aluminum hooks because I feel like I rarely split fiber when I use them because the yarn slides through so easily. I use aluminum with a lot of large crochet projects that use bulky or when I hold double strands, I feel like I crochet so much faster. They’re cheap, so for someone who’s just getting into crocheting it’s a good investment without spending too much money if you’re still iffy about sticking with it. The retail price varies and can be found at typical craft stores, as well as Walmart!  

Boye Crochet Dude

Boye Crochet Dude

For armigurumi and smaller projects this is my go to hook (for now), it’s the The Crochet Dude Aluminum hook series by Boye. The grip on it is comfortable, sturdy , and with the aluminum hook it glides really well with smaller yarn. I’ve only been able to find this brand at Hobby Lobby, Joann’s carries The Crochet Dude but only the steel hook series. The other bonus? The Crochet Dude lives in Houston, Texas – my hometown! 🙂 

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Rosewood

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Bamboo

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Acrylic

Variety

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Here’s a couple more pictures of different types of hooks in my current collection. To be honest I don’t use the Rosewood and Bamboo hooks that often, I tend to destroy yarn with those because they split like crazy and will take me twice as long to finish a project.  Rosewood is expensive too, usually between $12-$16 for one, I got mine on clearance awhile back. Just not my preference! 

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post – let me know what you prefer! xo ONTHEYARN