We had a great first show in Annapolis! Despite the heat, the crowd was very nice and lots of folks stopped by our booth to check out and buy our kits. We came really close to hitting the sales goal we set for ourselves and we can't wait for our next show in Williamsburg, Virginia.
We spent a lot of time getting our booth ready and it paid off. The booth definitely stood out and drew people in. We are going to make a few little tweaks to it before Williamsburg, but nothing too drastic.
The crowd in Annapolis was super friendly. It's hard to put something you've made out there - you never know how people will respond. The folks we met in Annapolis made us feel really good about what we've created.
The show also gave us a couple of ideas for other products! We will definitely be doing something with a map - a lots of people inquired about the map I painted for our display.
In addition to the friendly crowds, we also met some really nice makers and artists. One of our booth neighbors was also a husband and wife team. Their business, Trenchard Photography, is definitely worth checking out.
Our first show is 5 days away! I am very excited to get our kits out there, but I am also super nervous. What if we don't sell a single one? It could happen. But, I'm a glass half full kind of person so I'm making "SOLD OUT" signs in anticipation/hope that our kits sell like hotcakes.
We are working hard to get ready for the show - We finished up all of the kits over the weekend and this week we are focusing on putting the finishing touches on our booth. I've been putting my sewing, painting and crafting skills to work.
Yesterday, I finished up our sandwich board signs. We made the boards a few weeks ago. The "wehgo" is not chalk but matte vinyl that I cut with my Silhouette Cameo. I love the look of beautifully hand lettered chalk signs, and wanted to do some sort of fun hand lettering/design on them. I've never made signs like this before so it was fun to try something new.
Before I started drawing, I spent a lot of time looking at chalk signs on Pinterest. There are some seriously talented chalk artists out there. Next, I sketched out my ideas on paper then loosely sketched them with pencil on the sandwich boards. I should add that I also rubbed chalk all over my board, then wiped it off. I did this to prime the chalk paint and to make the boards look more like chalk boards vs. black signs. My lettering is far from perfect and my layouts could be cooler - but all in all I'm very happy with my signs.
I used these markers to do all of my drawing. They are supposed to wash off of nonporous surfaces and I was able to wipe away mistakes with a wet cloth.
I took my smaller sign a step further by adding a little marquee light that I bought on sale at Michaels (it's still on sale!) The smaller sign will sit on a table inside my booth. The $29 circle is also a vinyl sticker.