Summer is still upon us and I’m loving every extreme heat moment of it, but my thoughts have slowly been turning to the holiday season that’s not too far around the corner. I know – it’s a sure sign of insanity.
Believe me, I’m not wishing the next 3.5 months away; however I’ve had a dose of reality in that I’m not remotely prepared. You see, I sort of diddle-farted around and didn’t get my application in for participation in my usual November craft show and now, I find out there is no more room. Eeek!
Flamingo Tongue Designs has done well this year overall, but I relied on that craft show to increase my sales into the “almost break-even” range. Shame on me for procrastinating. What am I going to do now?
Well, after some scrambling, I found a bigger and better show to participate in – if I’m accepted. It’s a juried show and my work will be judged before I’m accepted, so you never know which way it might go. The entrance fees are twice as much to participate in it, but it runs for twice as long (4 days as opposed to 2), soooo technically by my theory, I should also make twice money. At this point, making enough to pay for the entrance cost would suit me fine.
The show’s attendees in previous year have exceeded 10,000 people, compared to 2,000 to 3,000 at the previous show. I was comfortable with my inventory level for a show of 3,000 people. I’m not so comfortable with my inventory level for a show of 10,000 people.
So, my panic has begun. I need to get cracking and start up my “sweat shop of one” again. I haven't been accepted yet, but I can't wait. The thought of it is making my fingers ache already…
If the show is successful, it will be a huge boost for my 5 year plan; however if the show is a bust or my jewelry doesn’t interest the attendees, it could spell disaster.
“A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” – Colin Powell