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Unique L.A.

Well this weekend was the big Unique LA show that I was prepping so madly for.

I ended up making, approximately, 500 coasters along with HOME signs, candle blocks and magnets in preparation for it.  And I’m so glad I had plenty of inventory because on the first day of the two day event they had 5000 customers show up!

And while I did not meet all 5000 of them all the folks that stopped by my table were really lovely and my fellow vendors couldn’t have been nicer.  For my first craft show I couldn’t be more pleased. 

I didn’t get to wander around as much as I would have liked (I didn’t even make it to heaven the Grilled Cheese Truck…..which made me very, very angry!) nor did I remember to bring my camera (cause thats how I roll.  Cluelessly) but what I could see from behind my little table was top –notch.

Oh, and if any of you folks reading this do any kind of selling at craft shows and such you MUST get the SquareUp app.  It allows you to take credit cards using your mobile phone or Ipad or whatever and it couldn’t be easier or more affordable (the reader and software are free).  I would say that about 90% of my sales were via credit card this time around.  And it will let you keep track of cash purchases as well.  It’s like having a mini-cash register with you (and the customer gets an emailed receipt).

Sorry, this isn’t the most visually exciting post.





Out (these things are, for me, very draining for some reason)

I’ll be back tomorrow with more vim and vigor and a furniture transformation that I’m really pleased with.



PS:  Thanks for all the kind words about my audition and part-losing Thursday.  It is the life of all actors (I swear, it’s actually so hard to get the audition in the first place that that alone seems like a triumph and getting the job is just the icing) but I truly appreciate your encouragement!

About cheltenhamroad

I’ve been surrounded by amazingly creative people my whole life. My mom can, and does, make anything. The family has on occasion speculated that she just whipped up my dad one day when she discovered some left over fabric and stuffing. My three sisters have mad skills ranging from needlework to cooking to out and out ART. My father’s desk when I was growing up had a model train set going around it, oh, and he made that desk-from scratch. I’m the youngest and, as you can imagine, it’s a hard series of acts to follow. Truth be told, I’ve spent many, many years suppressing the creative instincts I learned at home. But I realized (rather late in life) that few things bring me more joy than making and creating. For the longest time when I went to stores I didn’t think, “I want that” I thought, “I can make that.” And, with a deep breath and a leap, I’ve started on a very new, kinda scary path. I’ve given up my steady, dependable (dull!) corporate life to spend my days happily humming away in my garage designing, creating, painting, decoupaging and sawing and, since this blog will be an honest take on things, there is also a fair amount of tripping, spilling and swearing. Through this blog I hope to share with you the struggles and (hopefully) triumphs of a very non-businessy business person. I also hope to make this blog a resource for people who like to work with their hands and who are, like me, always looking at things and thinking “I could make that!” I’ve lived many places since I left Cheltenham Road; I currently live in Los Angeles California. So, with this preamble- Welcome to Cheltenham Road! Please come on over and make yourself comfortable – the place is always open.

2 responses »

  1. Glad the work was all worth it! Sounds like fun too 🙂

  2. Thanks so much for the tip about Square–that is very cool! Sounds like a great show…


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