• joanchamberlain11

Put your credit card away

Updated: May 7, 2021

Anyone who's ever manned (womaned?) a booth at a craft market, trade show, or art show knows how long those days can be. The actual event can be anything from mind-numbing boredom to can't-catch-your-breath busy. I've done plenty of both.

Who doesn't love the adrenaline rush of brisk sales and sending happy customers off with a bag of your goodies? Making money and recouping the costs of exhibiting is the goal, after all. But there's another, equally important, benefit of exhibiting at shows and that's the exhilaration and nourishment of connecting with people.

With my first in-person Peg Pennyworth show coming up in just two days, after a long Covid isolation, I'm as excited about meeting and talking with people as I am anticipating a financially successful market.

Getting ready for a market is a bit of a mad dash and it's one of the most fun parts for me. It's like planning an exciting trip. I love to map out the layout of my booth, create lists of what to pack, and make/organize/pack all of my products.

That being said, I'm wondering if other vendors share my hesitation in inviting friends and family to "come see me!" on market day. I don't want them to feel obligated to buy something or awkward if they don't. I'm kinda like the kid who builds a really cool fort in the living room out of sheets, blankets, and pillows and wants her parents to come admire the construction.

Having friends drop by your booth can be a lovely respite from the madness or boredom of a long market day. I've done markets where a friendly face that pops in unexpectedly is just the reassurance you need when you're swamped with customers, or a chance to chat when there's so much dead time that you wonder why you signed up for this madness.

So, if you're inclined to visit my show this weekend, please don't feel like you must leave with a purchase. Come say "hi", let's catch up, and tell me how neat my fort is. 😊

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