Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Craft Fair Countdown!

A popular theme on the Etsy team discussion boards is "I want to quit my day job and pursue crafting full time." Everytime I read this, I can't help but think "Oh reaaaaaally?" Don't get me wrong - I LOVE LOVE LOVE the fact that I could quit my old job to work on Bit of Sugar full time. However, it's not peachy keen 100% of the time . . . maybe just 95% of the time :) I wanted to do a series on just exactly what goes into running a full time crafting business. Now is the perfect time because Brad and I have a HUGE (35,000+ people) show, Made in Hawaii, in exactly one month. Come join us for the extremely stressful, but enormously rewarding work that goes into prepping for a major show!

Day 31: Personal Prep

When Victoria's Secret has a 7 panties for $25 sale, I stock up.  And what does that have to do with craft fairs, you ask?  Simple - there is no time to do laundry the month or two before show.  Brad and I did 14 loads of laundry to make sure we have enough clothes, towels, etc. to make sure we have enough clothes to last us through the next month.  Isn't being a full time crafter oh-so-glamorous?  

The next item on the list was toilet paper - so off to Costco for 36 rolls of toilet paper, shampoo, and garbage bags.  Yes, we become so engrossed with production that we do not want to run to the store to buy toilet paper one week before the show.  And we poop a lot.  I told you crafting is glam!

But you can't poop without food!  So it was off to Whole Foods for Veganaise, tofu, avocados, soy milk, and lots of veggies.  We HAVE to do everything possible to stay healthy before a show.  If either Brad or I get sick, production stops and we don't make the merchandise we need to have a successful show.  No co-workers to help pick up the slack here.