My Renegade Craft Fair day is over and I’m still wiped! It was a lot of fun and a ton of work to prepare. The day started off a bit crazy weather-wise, but we made it through and it was not only a good learning experience but a great success! I think next time I might try for two days to make all the work worth it, but here’s the low down…
We arrived around 8:20ish in the morning after pulling a near all nighter to get things packaged up. (I had what seemed like a billion snafu’s getting everything ready… including a printer melt down) My friend Kristin was amazing and helped me finish the final touches and stayed with me the entire day of the fair. Thanks K!!
I had the sweetest booth buddy, Ashley of Poko Jewelry. She brought a tent that we could both share. The fair opened at 11:00AM but around 10:30 while we were setting up shop, the skies opened up and it started to rain. Along with that, big gusts of wind threatened all of our tents and I had a moment of thinking everything would just blow away and we’d have to go home. But around noon the rain stopped and by 1:00PM the sun was shining and the park was packed with happy shoppers.
It was so wonderful to meet people in person and be able to share my work in a public setting for the first time. I just wished I had more sleep from the night before! My NYC cards flew like hot cakes and got lots of laughs which was fun. Everyone seemed to have a favorite print and it was interesting to see what people liked best. My city dogs were definitely a hit, along with anything flamingo. And I’m sure national donut day had a thing or two to do with the popularity of my donut illustrations =) I made notes of things people wish I had, like the Eiffel Fleur print on a journal or the NYC illustrations in an 8×10 print. It was great to get instant customer feedback so I can prepare for next time!
Overall it was a fun event (with great food!) and I definitely want to go back to the Renegade Pop Up Shops another Saturday this month so I can experience it as a shopper. It’s a wonderful opportunity for artisans and makers and I can only hope I get accepted into the holiday show later on this year! Thanks to everyone who stopped by my booth and for all the wonderful feedback. It gives me a boost to keep moving forward and figure out my next move!
Hope you have a wonderful sunny start to your week, I’ll be posting my latest products that debuted at the fair in my shop shortly. Stay tuned!!
It will be my first public show and I can’t wait! I’m currently in the thick of illustrating and prepping new products, stocking up on inventory, and pinning ideas for different store set ups, since I’ve never done this before I’m sort of guessing as I go along!
I’ve been to Renegade as a shopper, though, so I know first hand that it’s an absolute craft & food heaven. The event runs in conjunction with Smorgasburg so you can count on eating really well while you shop. This year, Renegade is hosting Pop Up shops every Saturday in June and I’ll be participating in the very first one!
On June 6th, myself and a bunch of other lovely makers will be setting up shop along the water at the East River State Park in Brooklyn. If you’re in the New York City area and have a Saturday to spare, I would love to meet you in person!
Until then, I’ll be sharing updates on my progress and sneak peaks of my show prep both on the blog and on Instagram. I can’t wait to share this journey with you… and I’ll be crossing my fingers for a great turnout and plenty of sunshine!!
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