Sunday, March 22, 2009

Whew... It's Finally Over!!

Well, I pulled it off. The trunk show that I hosted at my home on March 19-21 is finally history. All of the planning and preparations have been completed, the house is (almost) back to normal and I can get on with real life.

Don't get me wrong... I love opening up my home to show friends and customers my latest designs and offering a fun, relaxed way to shop. However, there is a ton of work that goes on behind the scene. I spent a lot of time doing production, promotion, cleaning and cooking. Setting up an attractive display takes time and making arrangements for the kids is no joke either.

Just over 300 people were invited, and less than a dozen showed up. I had nine actual customers. Luckily, those nine made big purchases and the show was profitable. I was disappointed in the turn out and more so in the number of folks who said they were coming but didn't. I know that the biggest factor is the economy... but does that mean that I put everything on hold until the recession is over?? I'd love to hear feedback on what others think.


La Alicia said...

looks great -- congrats -- I know that's a lot of work! :)

Jeanne Selep said...

Here is my free opinion, for what it's worth (haha) : You shouldn't put everything on hold. You should perhaps move at a less hectic pace, but continue to develop skills and products, carefully choose opportunities to market and display your products. I do agree, this is probably not the year to sign up for every craft booth at every fair. Your display and house did look wonderful. From one of your nine customers....