Handmade Holiday Shopping

I know I’ve been gone for a while, but I just wanted to invite you to the Lucky Star Holiday Market at the Prairie Moon Winery in Ames, Iowa on December 4th and 5th. I’ll be selling my handmade goods there on both days along with lots of other cool artists and vendors. You’re sure to find something unique for that person that’s hard to shop for in your life.

I did this show for the first time last year and was very impressed with how well the show was publicized and organized. It’s the best crafts show I’ve ever done and I’m happy to be a part of it again this year. There was a huge turnout last year and I hope it’s the same again this year.

I’ve been as busy as one of Santa’s elves the last few weeks, trying to finish making items for the show. I have some new items this year that I hope will be popular. I always like to see what people are interested in buying. It seems like it’s different each time.

If you received my shop newsletter, I mistakenly wrote that admission was free on Saturday. It actually costs $1 to get in, which I think is still quite a deal considering all the great artists whose work you’ll get to see. Friday night there will be a Preview Party. It costs $10 to get in and you get first dibs on everything. I’ll be there from 6:00-9:00 on Friday and 9:00-4:00 on Saturday. I hope to see you there!

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Join Me for Some Christmas Shopping

I hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving and survived Black Friday. I decided to stay home that day and avoid all the chaos. I’m so glad I did. I can’t believe that Christmas is only three weeks away! I’ve just barely begun my Christmas shopping. I really need to get started.

Speaking of Christmas and holiday shopping, I will be selling my wares at the Lucky Star Market at the Prairie Moon Winery in Ames this Friday and Saturday. I’ve never done this show before, so I’m kind of excited about it and hope there’s a huge turnout for it. If you’re in the Ames/Des Moines area, I hope you’ll stop by. There will be a lot of great vendors there. You’re sure to find that special handmade something for that hard-to-shop-for person in your life. And you’ll be helping to support a local artist.

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I’ll be there Friday from 6:00-9:00 p.m. (it’s a special Preview Party). It costs $10 to get in and you’ll have first dibs on everything. On Saturday I’ll be there 9:00-4:00. Saturday is free and the show is open from 9:00-4:00. I hope to see you there!

Crafts Show Season

One thing I look forward to in the spring besides the warmer weather is the start of crafts show season. It lasts from May to November and just about every city seems to have crafts shows, now that creating handmade items is widely popular. And Des Moines is no exception. The downtown area alone has three wonderful shows that I feel lucky to be a part of:  Market Day, Craft Saturday and Sunday Bazaar. If you haven’t been to any of them before, definitely check them out. There’s a lot of cool stuff to see.

Usually, by November, I’m sick of crafts show season. I love making stuff, don’t get me wrong. But by the time November rolls around, I need a breather. By then, I will have spent the last six months doing shows back to back; selling at each show and then feverishly creating more inventory to sell at the next one. Because I have a full-time job, I usually burn the midnight oil each night after I get home from my day job, trying to get ready for each show. So it’s nice to have that break between Thanksgiving and Easter, when I can concentrate on just making items for my Etsy shop. But I do miss the extra income that the shows bring in.

My booth at one of the Market Day shows last year

As hectic as my schedule is during crafts show season, doing the shows is kind of fun, and sometimes very profitable. What I love the most is when people buy my products at the shows and tell me how much they love them or how wonderful they are. That makes it all worthwhile. It’s like they totally get me. It’s also fun to walk around and see what all the other vendors are selling. There’s truly a wealth of creativity there.

I’m doing the Market Day show downtown this Saturday. I’ll be there with all of my inventory, along with many other vendors selling their wonderful handmade goods. I feel very fortunate to be a part of this show because not everyone who applies for it makes it in. This will be my third year being a Market Day vendor and I’m excited because I have a few new items and I can’t wait to see if they do well. It’s hard to predict what people will be interested in and it always seems to differ at each show.

Some new matryoshka pincushions I made for Market Day

This Saturday is also the start of the Downtown Farmers Market, so I’m hoping for a good crowd. The location of Market Day is strategically located in the Kirkwood Building, 400 Walnut Street, right near the Farmers Market. The weather is supposed to be nice and sunny, so stop by if you get a chance (from 9:00 – 2:00). I’d love to see you. It’s also a great opportunity to find Mom a one-of-a-kind Mother’s Day gift.