October marks the start of my favorite time of year. I love the fall / winter seasons for so many reasons. One, it’s the start of the holidays, and this year they will be even more special to me since it’s the first year I will be back in with my family since leaving for the desert in 2006, and we will have a new little one to celebrate with. Also, I am just now realizing how much I’ve missed the change of seasons. Yes, it’s colder than I’m used to, but I’m loving the crisp, cool air and the beautiful changing of the fall leaves. Third, I love when my house is decorated. It just feels so much “homier.” I love to have the candles lit, pumpkins glowing, soon garland hung by the fire. My house just feels more like a home this time of year.
But, there is one other special reason why I love this time of year. It’s the start of craft fair season!
I love strolling the isles of craft fairs to see what other creative ideas people have. I always leave feeling so inspired to get crafting myself. This year, craft fair season is even more important to me because Nikki, In Stitches will be selling at its first bazaar! October 3rd and 4th are the big days, and if any of you are in the Skippack, Pennsylvania area, come out and see me. This fair was one of my favorites before moving out west. In the past, I have always found such creative people there, and there’s a great yarn shop right smack in the middle of all the vendors…it’s a win / win situation!
So any advice for a first timer? I have to admit, I’m nervous. I’m sure there are tons of tips and hints all of you could offer to help me get through my first big event. I have plenty of inventory…that seemed like the easy part! What extra things should I bring with me? What can I expect from customers? What am I probably forgetting? I’d love to hear your stories of fairs gone well and gone bad, so I can prepare myself for every possible situation.
Wish me luck!
Nikki, In Stitches