Good mor..er.., afternoon, loves! Sorry this is later in the day than my usual post, I’m still off my game amidst the disheveled house and getting back to business after the Jackalope Art Fair this weekend. I’ll write more about that in just a minute though as well as some special announcements. First, I want to give you just two quick suggestions for gift ideas since I know I’m not the only one with shopping still to do.
1. Shop Local – Seriously, this is basically the easiest and broadest suggestion I could offer but I mean it so sincerely! Every town in the country and worldwide has local and small businesses that need your love. Heck, you should even go check out the cool local shops of neighboring towns. Local bookstores, wine shops, artisans (hell-o Holiday Art & Craft Markets!), restaurants, stationery shops, … all of these places literally exist on the support you give them. Make your gifts mean more than just another iPad or gadget. Find a piece of art or a first edition of a much-loved book and give it to friends and family paired with a locally sourced meal or treat.
2. Etsy & Society 6 – I will never stop singing the praises of these sites. For most sellers in the US, you can still receive purchases in time for Christmas if they’re shipped out before the 20th or so. You still have a solid week to get some amazing gifts created by people who are living their dreams waiting for the little notification to come in that they made a sale (I promise you, I personally literally do a little dance for every. single. sale.) Support the artists that are working to make our world a more loving and beautiful place.
Now, onto my experience at my debut market! I was a vendor for the Jackalope: Denver Art Fair this weekend at the gorgeous McNichols Building in the middle of downtown Denver and had a wonderful time. I learned a lot as far as newbie mistakes and made new networking connections as well as a couple of lovely new friends. Unloading and loading up my tiny booth all by myself from the third floor was a special kind of experience and I certainly burned my calories for the weekend but I also figured out how I could pack things a bit more efficiently. I met a lot of people who really loved my products and even had a few who offered brilliant suggestions that I’m already working away to implement in the new year. I do believe that I was able to also execute a healthy experiment regarding my pricing and am going to lower them a bit as a result of my findings (yes, I’m a proud science geek and conduct experiments). All in all, it was a perfect experience for my first market and left me hungry for the spring market season to come around in 2017!
So here are the shop announcements to close out the post:
- I will be working to introduce new print sizes, canvas totes and possibly t-shirts and/or coffee mugs this year
- Hand lettered products will be coming in 2017
- I have a planner design in the works for a release in July 2017
- I will be putting the shop, blog, et al on vacation as of December 20th (next Tuesday) and will return from vacation on January 9th.
- This Saturday, December 17th, I’ll be one of 8 vendors at the Denver Handmade Homemade Holiday Pop-Up from 3-8 pm at the Denver Bicycle Café! Stop by if you’re in the area to check out all of the awesome stuff.