The Business Chat – ARGH, rejection

It arrives.  The envelope. From the show you applied to.  You hold it, wondering, am I in or am I out? Do they want me? With bated breath you open it…. “Dear applicant, We regret to inform you…” Damn. Crap. Argh. You’ve been rejected. Don’t feel bad, we’ve all been there and still are there sometimes. You might assume that as a professional crafter with 11 years’ experience and hundreds of craft shows on my resume that I’m in a show automatically. But no, there is no guarantee. I’m sitting here waiting to hear from two new shows that I’ve …

The Business Chat – what to do when you’re rejected

It arrives. The envelope. From the show you applied to. You hold it, wondering, am I in or am I out? Do they want me? With bated breath you open it…. “Dear applicant, We regret to inform you…” Damn. Crap. Argh. You’ve been rejected. Don’t feel bad, we’ve all been there and still are there sometimes. You might assume that as a professional crafter with 10 years’ experience and hundreds of craft shows on my resume that I’m in a show automatically. But no, there is no guarantee. I’m sitting here waiting to hear from three new shows that I’ve …

The Business Chat – how much will I make?

“I’ll never have enough time to make enough! What am I going to do?” wailed my caller. My friend was in quite a panic, she’d just received her acceptance into a much larger show than she has done in the past. It’s a good show on a summer long weekend and now she’s in a state about not having enough inventory. Here’s how the conversation went. First, I applauded her for starting to think about inventory 4 months in advance. Then we talked about her sales expectations. My friend makes a large statement necklace that gets a lot of compliments …

The Business Chat – let’s build a booth

Several of you have written me lately to ask about building your first booth. (You do know that you can email me questions? Catherine@sailorgirl.com, always happy to share information). You have asked about where to buy a booth, and where to get the parts. Well, let’s talk booth. You must create a booth that is a showcase for your work, not a stand-alone fabulous booth. Some booths are so pretty, so creative, so much a work of art on their own that the product is secondary to the display. Your display is the supporting character in your act. Without it …

The Business Chat – Mental preparation

Yikes! it’s been 6 months since I did a craft show and I’m having a hard time switching my brain into show mode, I’m sure you know how it feels. I’ve been so busy focusing on other stuff, like applying to shows, making cool fun new work, blogging, facebooking my little heart out and planning future endeavours. Basically I’ve been working ON the business and now I need to switch gears and start working IN the business again. To do this I sat down today and had a staff meeting. “Gee, self, planning the new website is really awesome but …

Craft Show Season!

Well, June has finally arrived and with the warm weather and sunny days comes craft show season! Almost every weekend there seems to be another show or sale on. So why not get in on the action?! Have you always wondered what it takes to get started in the craft show circuit? How much you should make and how on earth to price it all? Not to worry, Catherine Winter aka Sailorgirl is back from sailing the Caribbean to answer all your questions! Catherine successfully makes and sells two jewelry lines using commercial beads for one and her own handcrafted …