Mayday Underground Art + Craft this past Saturday at the Village Gate. The other artisans setting up were just an amazing peer group to be affiliated with. All have such vision and creativity. I humbled to set up alongside them.
It was a wonderfully sunny day out, and the filtered light that comes through the skylights on the second floor of the Village Gate in Rochester fills the room with a nice light that make the room cheery. The installation art in the room just lets you know you are in the right place.
I went with a traditional table arrangement. Straight line of tables, try to vary some heights, and spread my items around. A craft table is eye candy after all, so I try to keep it orderly. I try to spread around the color since much of my set up is dull in color. I worked on a new sign made of wood. I plan to dress it up in the future, but it did the job at this show.
I often struggle with how to let the customer know what they are looking at. It is very common for me to get a customer proclaim after looking at my table for several minutes, "Oh, you make rubber stamps!" The way I have things packaged, it isn't obvious. Something I need to work on.
The customers came out, and I had a steady stream by my table. I had some great friends stop by to say "Hi," many who know be from the craft world, others from curling (thanks Dorothy, Stacy, and Cait). I always love when previous customers come back and tell me about the other stamps they bought from me before.
Sales were brisk for a spring show. Not my strongest Mayday show, but no complaints here. Success at a show isn't always based on sales. I made some great new contacts, and I usually get some interest in custom sales following. Can't wait for the next Mayday this November.
A special thanks to Amanda and Casey and their team of volunteers who do an incredible job setting up, advertising, prepping, and planning this show. Best organized show that I do.