It was an exhausting week last week. I was in full court press to get ready for Unique LA’s Summer Show in Santa Monica (yesterday and Saturday) and for the Renegade show which is this coming weekend.
The Unique LA Summer Show has a special place in my heart.
Two years ago it was my first ever handmade show and it was the first thing I did after leaving corporate-land. I couldn’t help but think of it as a test – to see if I’d made the right choice. It went really well and I was off and running!
This year was no different. I got the booth all set up. It was bit…..cluttered (I have to work on that). I had some new trays. Some new candle blocks. Magnets! And pretty much everything else I make. My neighbors at Style Cuff and Ave Marie Designs make some very beautful and very versatile jewelry and were a lot of fun to boot! The weather was beyond perfect and the crowds were strong.
I did, however, learn that perhaps I am not particularly cut out for retail work which could, you know, be a problem.
Here is what happened.
On the first day a woman came into my booth with, what I assumed were her two daughters. They were looking at coasters and had taken a few of the packs off the display. I then got distracted until she tapped me on the shoulder.
“We would like these” and they set down 10 packs of coasters, “and these” and she pointed at four of my trays (there were only seven to begin with).
“OK, that’s kind of a lot but…Great!” I thought as I rang up the total and packed things up. They left, only to return a few moments later saying:
“We would like an additional three of each coaster set”
And this is where I learned that, perhaps, I’m not quite in the correct mind-set for this business.
Because, do you think my first (and continuing thought) was:
- A) This is totally AWESOME!!!!!!
- B) I have nailed this market I am RICH!
- C) No! I won’t have anything left to sell!
- D) But that ruins the display!
If you chose “C” and/or “D” you would be correct.
What is wrong with me?! (Rhetorical question!)
And, honestly, I never quite recovered. The rest of the weekend went really well but I couldn’t’ quite shake this vague, shadowy feeling of “they took all my stuff.”
And yes, the rational part of me does realize that this is the DEFINITION of a “Good Problem” and I do consider myself very, very lucky.
OK, now I’m gonna be really nuts this week because I have to make everything I made last week….again!