This Saturday is going to super busy and crazy. I have 2 back to back shows. I will be at Foothills church in El Cajon in the morning and in Downtown Escondido in the evening. It was crazy to try to do 2 shows on the same day, but I couldn't pass up the opportunity, not everyday a craft vendor is invited back to do a show for free.
All this networking is finally paying off. There was a lady at the very first craft show that I did that has been extremely helpful on sharing information about upcoming events. I helped her set up her tent and she helped me set up mine and that started our partnership. She sent me info on upcoming events she was doing and I sent her info about events I knew about. That initial contact was the model I used at all the craft shows I've been to....befriend the competition. She told me about the show at her church. It is a car/motorcycle/craft show/fundraiser for Restoration Ranch---an alcohol and drug recovery program. The theme of the show inspired me to make some motorcycle father's day and birthday cards. Man cards are so hard to come up with, but I think they might like these cards.
Another networking contact also paid off with the Downtown Live show in Escondido. I had contacted the Farmer's market in Escondido to try to work it during Spring break. I had sent them pictures from my website. I had to cancel the show because my mom was sick in the hospital. Through that initial contact, someone from the Escondido Downtown Business association had contacted me to do a show a few weeks ago. It was kind of cool. They blocked a street off on Grand and Kalima in Escondido. They had an event called Ladies on the Loose and had a live band, vendors and an open bar. I met someone at that event that invited me to be a vendor at Downtown Live. They are going to try to liven things up in downtown Escondido by hosting blocking off the street, having a live band, craft vendors, and food. It was a huge opportunity, so I jumped on the chance when they asked me to come back again. I actually passed on the guys information to one of the high school students in one of my classes because he had a band. Hopefully all these contacts will pay off one day. Who knows maybe I will become an event coordinator one of these days.
I better start packing up my car. Here's the pictures of the cards I made. I still can't believe I made 30 cards, a graduation book, and started a photo album in the last 2 weeks. I guess ADHD isn't that bad after all :)