Peddler’s Faire — Success

I had a great time.  I’d do it again.  I sold a few things (not a lot) but was glad to have gone. 

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Our booth as we were setting up in the morning

I shared the booth with a few more ladies though only my sister-in-law was the other one who was there to man it.  She made tutus which were a really big success and little dolls she calls “Flower Dolls.”

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Megan (SIL) kept telling me that I could pick out a tutu for Annie after the show was done and each time I picked one I liked, it would sell.  The ones hanging up on the back board had the tutus attached to the onsie which was a 12 month size and she often gave a head band to the person who bought the onsie/tutu.

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These particular dolls and the horses below (with a bunch of play sets) were made by a neighbor girl of my parent’s-in-law.  She has more imagination than all of us put together and it shows when you go to their house.  She is around 15 and makes things like you’d never believe (she’s home-schooled too.)

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The neighbor girl’s dolls are much more “down to earth” looking and Megan makes them much more fantasy/fairy style which is what she says “little girls like.”  And it’s true, she has around eight little girls who all test and approve her dolls — they’re pretty, bright and sparkly.

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She’s really proud of her mermaids and says that all the little girls love the mermaids, I actually like the flower dolls better but she obviously knows best!

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This was one of my favorite dolls on my favorite horse — he’s a dun with a dorsal stripe!  Surprisingly the fancy colors didn’t sell.  The chestnut went first, then the bay — gray, palomino, and dun were left.

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My favorite mermaid because I like the color combinations — she was sold, by the way.

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And a little picture showing you how much fun this little doll was having on her swing set.

All in all we had a great time and had a lot of compliments.  It was interesting to see that most the other vendors had said it was the worst Peddler’s Faire money-wise that they’d remember coming to.  They told Megan to look around and see if anyone was carrying anything and no, they usually weren’t.  I think that people are beginning to be a lot less frivolous in their money spending — something most of us need to be careful of.  So, though people weren’t spending a lot, I think we did pretty well considering!

We do have stuff left over and are both planning on opening Etsy shops.  I told Megan hers should be “Megan’s Flowering Boutique” because everything she makes involves flowers of some sort.

My decision for our little calf’s name will be decided by tomorrow and announced!  Thank you all for the great suggestions!

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About mudranch

I live in the country, I love to take photos, I'm a shepherdess, I adore my husband and daughter, I walk in the will of Christ.

Posted on June 9, 2009, in Bags, Crafting. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. Now if I had walked by your booth I would have bought one of those lovely bags you made, they really catch the eye.

  2. Glad you enjoyed the Peddler’s Faire. The booth looks!! The tutus are too cute, can’t wait to see “Annie the Balletrina”. Such creative dolls, they would be such a hit in LA. Glad that I was able to get some of your crafts, can’t wait until Dad ships them down. 🙂

  3. I would definitely do the Etsy thing. Your stuff is gorgeous, and you just may need a different market. AFter 5 years of selling at a farmers market, neither myself, or anyone else I knew was all that great at predicting what the public was going to buy–stuff you were SURE would be a hit would just sit…stuff you didn’t care about that you just threw in there would fly out…no telling…but I know sales at craft fares have been WAY down here for the past 3 or 4 seasons…and the market is way down this year too…don’t give up though! this gives you the chance to refine your things and make more!

  4. My other tip of the day–don’t under price your things. oddly enough, sometimes people won’t buy it if they think it is too cheap–like somehow it isn’t worth it–I don’t know, but I witnessed this again and again…

    • Thank you Kate for all your advice and assurance! I have known about pricing things too cheaply from buying/selling horses. People won’t buy a gorgeous horse who is well mannered for a “cheap” price because they are wondering what is wrong with it! It is funny… try to give a bargain and it doesn’t work.

      Thank you all ladies who have commented — I am dutifully working on my Etsy shop and have two bags listed right now. I also took photos of my SIL’s dolls and will be working on a shop for her as well. I’ll announce it shortly… Well, today actually… gotta get typing… gotta get working on my photo processing…

  5. Your booth looked great! I wonder if your sister in law makes those tutus as a dress up thing for bigger girls, say in a size 8? My daughter is 6 and would love them to spin around and dance and play!

    I am in love with those horses. The dun is my fave, too. Will your sister be making the horses, too? I might like to be a horse/flower doll set for my daughter.

    ~Lisa

    • LOL Thanks Lisa! Yes, she will be making horses (she needs my help lol) but the dun is still available and so are the others pictured minus the chestnut and bay. I can talk with her about it and she can put up a special order with your complete total on Etsy for you to purchase if you’d like. I’m helping her with her shop as she’s not very computer literate, though is sure getting there quickly! 😀

      Yes, she will make a tutu for your daughter. You can specify a color if you’d like… e-mail me at mudranch AT gmail DOT com.

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