We're so glad you could join us here on the blog site for our big debut!! I'm Lyn and I'm proprietress. For 3 years this blog was my sole domain. I wrote most of the blogs, shared my life's work and my enthusiasm. You'll still find my archives here and you will also find links to Out of the Parc's Portfolio Page. However, now that my adult kids and I have formed an artists group, the readers that come to this blog will get a triple dose of thoughts on charity work, introductions to our fav. artists, thoughts on our various crafts and I'm sure plenty of smiles! Welcome to our home and life's passion! (it's bound to get a little crazy... strap in)
This past weekend we had our second craft show as an artist group. The Snow Angel Craft Fair is put on my Holy Family Catholic School in Malone, NY. I thought we would each share our thoughts on this particular fair with an eye towards December's craft fair and the Malone Comic Con.
First up T.k. Wilson of Laterose Doll Clothes and Doll Repair Abby:
At Holy Family School’s Snow Angel craft fair, I never know what’s going to sell. It all depends on the mood of the people coming in that day. For instance, I’ve offered Barbie clothes at every craft fair I’ve ever done. I’ve sold maybe one or two in that time. This year, the Barbie clothes were my biggest sellers! I unloaded about four total outfits and one refurbished Barbie doll. Another big seller at this time were my repaired My Little Ponies. I had a small collection of McDonald’s My Little Ponies… They all sold! I’ll have to buy more before my next event. Now, finding them, there’s the rub! That was pretty surprising. What also surprised me were the people looking for more unique items. At my last Comic Con, I met a gal looking for items related to Avengers superheroines and this time I ran into a lady looking for Items related to Dreamwork’s Trolls. I said to myself: “Trolls?! Well, that’s new.” You can’t lay your hands very easily on either one, so I’ll be seeing about offering my customers these very unique, specialty items in the future. I hope to have as good, or better success at my next event, the Winter Wonderland craft show at Davis Elementary on December 8th 2018!
Next Ian Thomas Wilson, who shares his latest crafts through Tabitha's Mountain Rhapsody Family Artists:I had been preparing for the Snow Angel Craft Fair for a while. Most of my time was spent wood-burning amusing signage. Hunting and fishing are a big deal in this area, so I made some hunting cabin signs out of scrap lumber. I also made one that was halloween themed, in preparation for Comic Con, but that didn’t sell at Comic Con, but I thought I’d give it another shot. It paid off. The halloween sign was the first thing I sold. Surprisingly, none of the other signs sold. I also had made wood buttons, which I expected would sell, and they did. But one of my favorite crafts to make are ornately carved walking sticks. I had only sold two of them up to this point, but I continued making more, if only for the love of doing it. One of them finally sold at Snow Angel. I was elated. I’m not going to make too many more, as those tend to require a particular audience, but at least I know there are people still interested.
I, Lyn Bennett Wilson, share my work through both Tabitha's Mountain Rhapsody Family Artists and Out of the Parc Designs (please remember to use the "c" at the end of Parc, not a "k" that's someone else).
I was behind the scenes for most of the craft fair. Due to my health I cannot always attend the fairs in person. Those days of prep for a sale are exciting and a skosh unnerving. As T.k. and Ian wrote previously, we never know what will sell. I learned that I shouldn't take myself so SERIOUSLY. LOL Craft fairs are absolutely big business in this area and our main route to our customers. We appreciate every penny they spend. While I'm still learning to "go with the flow" I realize that as I am true to myself and my art, customers will find me. This brings me great happiness. ❤️ ❤️
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