I was going to post about my experiences on each day, but covered the demo end and now I'll cover my experience vending at Bazaar Bizarre which was at Maker Faire.
Sorry I've been MIA since my last post. A bad cold had my energy sapped and my brain fried and I've had barely enough energy to watch movies much less type and think.
In short, my experience at Baz Biz this year was super awesome! The crowds were insane in a good way…I can only think that if you didn't do well as a vendor, you should look at yourself, because people were there and they were buying! Everyone around me seemed to be doing very well and it was so crowded most of each day that it was difficult to walk down our aisle.
I sold tons…above is a picture of my booth at the start of Day 1 and let me tell ya, it was stark by the end of Day 2…stark. I said goodbye to all my mushrooms, the Hippo and Rhino, Tough Love, Chilly, all my Flamies and Buties, the Yellow Bear, all my copies of Tiny Yarn Animals, most of the Booklets and Kits went too. The Flamies were very popular.
My neighbors were great too! To my left was Kelso Doesn't Dance who had the coolest wallets made from old maps and books. (very popular too) On my right was Petals and PineBlossoms who had some of the most well made bags I've seen at a craft fair…not to mention they had super cute owl and fawn motifs. (also extremely popular with customers) Behind my was Claire from Absolutely Small and she's always fun to be around. Billy and I fell in love with Roger the Pom-Pom dog and brought him home to live with us!
I also got around and did some shopping. We bought a card from Dutch Door Press, an apron from PenguinBot.com, some amazing prints and a screen printed wood piece from Tiny Sparks Designs.
But Maker Faire was chock full of amazing designers! I wish I had a million dollars because I would have spent them all there!
I'll be wrapping up my experience at Maker Faire 2009 in parts because soooo much happened. To start I'll tell you about the best part of my weekend! My Demo!!!
At 2pm on Saturday, I had my demo "Making Successfull Amigurumi" at the CRAFT Lounge.
Here is my view from the demo table while I was setting up…the crowd was already building 15 minutes before! It was standing room only! I was so happy to see some familiar faces in the audience too…Some of my former sistas from the Sacramento Craft Mafia were there, Woody and Jessica Miller and even more that I could see, but found out later were there. Thanks everyone who made a special trip to come and see me!!!
That was probably the scariest hour of my life! But fun too! Everyone was so patient when we had some minor technical issues with the mic and all of the staff at CRAFT was amazing! It was great meeting Nat, Rachel and Becky!
I went over all the tips I've been covering in my new YouTube Video Series :: Amigurumi Lessons, so if you missed the show, you can watch my videos and get all caught up!
A lucky contestant in the raffle won the doll I used in the Demo! Super fun! I even got to meet the Crafty Chica herself at the end and she was probably the nicest person I've ever met! <3 Plus, she's a leftie like me!
There I am up front mid-demo! Can you see the sweat on my brow? LOL!
more on the Maker Faire to come…
photo of Made by Moxie from CRAFTzine blog
Come see me do an Amigurumi Demo at Maker Faire!
I'll be at the CRAFT stage at 2pm on Saturday, May 30th!
see the schedule of demos here.
Exciting news on the Roxycraft front! I'm going to the Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco! It's July 18th and 19th at Fort mason's Festival Pavillion!
And the best part is, I won't be alone! I'm sharing my space with my home-chickens Lauren Brandy of Goody-Goody Handmade:
and Jaymi Guess of Little Brown Box:
So save the date and come see us in SF…you know, the place you left your heart.
This was my first time doing Park Your Art at McMartin Realty during Second Saturday in Midtown Sacramento. What a blast! Tons of people flooding the streets, gobs and gobs of vendors and artists and fun music to boot!
Jaymi of Little Brown Box offered me to split her spot with me and I wasn't sure how well I'd do in a non-crafter crowd, but I did great! I was very impressed! I even sold my Yeti!
And some of Sac Craft Mafia crowd, Jen and Sophia.