Monday, April 14, 2008

In the end, it's all good

Yesterday's fundraiser that I mentioned last week was for a cause that is near and dear to us, the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada (as some of you know, JF has colitis). And I'll just say that for first-time organizers who wanted to support the CCFC, it was a good effort.

It was admittedly quite a mish-mash though, of flea market items (sunglasses, mass-produced tshirts, used dvds), services (photographers, author/motivational speaker, beauty salon), and handmade crafty/artisan types (yes, I'm in that lot!) tossed in here and there. I must say, this was the oddest event I've ever sold at.

Here's part of my display. Sorry for the yellowness - did I even learn about adjusting the white balance (hey, where's my manual!)?


Sales, needless to say, were quite pitiful and I didn't win any raffle prizes despite my prize-conjuring hexes on our tickets, but there were plenty of baked goods - that dessert table was, hands down, the most successful "handmade goods" table.

And there was live music, which was one of the highlights of the day. There are several pubs in Montreal that host regular live sessions of Celtic music and a few of those Montreal musicians kept us perky and awake over the lunch hour (as opposed to droopy and nodding off). We were happy and surprised to see our friend, Fred, who is an amazing drummer/musician and was also JF's bodhran (Irish frame drum) teacher. Here they are:

Another highpoint of the day was meeting other crafty sellers, and two of them are also on Etsy! Lianne of BabyBurrito makes baby slings, blankets and bibs in the most gorgeous fabrics, for hipster babies and happening parents. Elizabeth of BodhranBabe makes lovely Celtic inspired jewellery - her display is wonderful. I met a few other sellers last year too, so I think an Etsy meet-up might be in line sometime soon ...

What was great as well was that I didn't get stressed out about this event; I didn't frantically make last-minute stuff or get cranky and barky. That's a good feeling, for both me and JF. I must've somehow sensed it was not going to be a hotbed of wild craft fanatics grabbing at my must-have items ;) I tell ya', my instincts are becoming almost cat-like. It also means that all the jewellery pieces and cards I made over the last week, can now come with me on the road to Ottawa for the next craft show on May 10th. Yaaay!

More coffee please... Here's to a good week ☺

5 comments:

High Desert Diva said...

Glad there was good food and music to make up for the lack of sales!

Rosebud Collection said...

Your display was great..Every time I am in a craft fair, the food is the hit..I watch the people flock to the tables..next thing, I am there too..

XUE said...

how nice to be able to get together & meet other crafters like this! It's quite lonely ( for Etsy sellers) in this part of the world. I'm convo-pal with a local artist & we write every now & then. But that's about it...sigh...

Sarah McBride said...

good food always makes life a little better. Sorry your sales werent as good as you had hoped. Your display was nice though! Everything looked so organized and pretty.

Chris Stone said...

wish I'd been there for the music! and good luck on the next show!