We’re making plans to fill a car of ladies and head to the Bloomington Handmade Market tomorrow. Be sure to go, and if you’re too far away then check back next week to see what I bought!
It happened. Row after row, aisle after aisle, I felt it increasing inside of me. My eyes couldn’t dart fast enough, my mind couldn’t process all the wonderful images. It was only a matter of minutes before I couldn’t contain it any longer – I crashed from a creative overload. The Hoosier Artisan Holiday Boutique was the best handmade show I’ve been to in a long time. So much, that I had to take a breather half way through in order to contain my excitement. It was a first-time show organized by Megan Martin in Carmel, Ind. that featured Etsy artists from the INCrowd Team – Etsy.com’s Indiana Street Team. My only regret is that we weren’t organized in time to have a booth ourselves. But that wouldn’t have left much time to shop any way!
Here’s what I bought:
Keep Calm and Carry On Canvas – I bought a bigger canvas than pictured here, in a stripe print that I already had in my house. I also bought a brown brooch from them that looks like a circle-shaped rag rug! By Stinky Toe Designs.
Leather Poppy Brooch – I bought my pin in a khaki color to match my favorite cowboy boots. You should see the purses! By Sakura Urban Studio.
You are Beautiful Greeting Card – I bought this as a birthday card for my fabric-lovin’ sister-in-law. By The Binding Bee.
Nursing Cover – Or as my husband calls it,
Butterfly Card Collage Art Print – This artist takes your old greeting cards and turns them into custom collages. My favorite was one from her wedding, featuring bright colors and snippets of messages from loved ones. By Art*iculate.
Fabric Covered Magnet Board – These are beautiful! The fabric choices are neverending. By Steel Dreaming Designs.
After a summer of crafting, my sister-in-law, Kim, and I finally had enough handmade goods to host a booth and start an Etsy store, HappilyMade. Who knew how much fun it could be to display all of your hard work for others to enjoy!
Our sales weren’t bad for a low-traffic area, though they could have been better. I’m curious – how do crafters get involved with shows? How do you know which shows to attend? What learning experience do you take away from the items that sell and the items that don’t? This past weekend, I noticed that a lot of our sales were items that were uniform in shape and size, and priced under $5. I’m still percolating on what else I can draw from our trial experience. Nonetheless, it brought me great joy to spend a whole weekend outside with my family. This weekend, I’m off to INDIEana’s Handicraft Exchange fall show.