Saturday, December 5, 2009

A Speakeasy success!

My science experiment has now had it's official first round of testing, with some positive conclusions!
Thursday I debuted my towels at the annual Speakeasy holiday craft sale. Thanks so much for those of you who were able to come out- your support means the world to me! Ronaldo was absolutely amazing with helping me- all the lugging, these beautiful photos, and moral support! What a guy, eh?
I was in good company with the retailers I shared the evening with. Lots of cool stuff like leather goods, jewelery, and dirty soaps with little plastic humping animals in the middle of the bar. I was able to make 18 completed sets of towels, and even though I had time to spare, I opted to work until the eleventh hour creating some holiday themed print gocco greeting cards. Silly me- I was a little more than stressed when it came down to it, but once everything was set up it was smooth sailing. Look how great it all looked!

This is me calculating with my brand new dollar store calculator. Needless to say, it wasn't as necessary as I thought it would be.

The crowds came and went in waves and, happily, most people thought the towels were really cute, and could see the work that I put into the embroidery. Not as many science geeks came along as I had hoped, but it was fun playing "name that element" with the passers by. Most folks got calcium, not one person got tin, even with the help of the tin can visual. I had made one set of two printed towels, just as a test to see how it would sell, and it sold pretty much immediately. I sold a few more sets of just printed towels, so next time I will be sure to make extra sets of just screened for that crowd. It's something I will keep in mind for my next designs.

I get another opportunity to sell to the population of Toronto tomorrow, Sunday the 6th, at 1013 Queen St. West, on the second floor. It's with Leila Cools' workshop collective studio sale, and will feature
oil paintings, cards, fused glass, photography, natural skin care, natural baked goods, and polymer jewelery. I will have my towels, printed foodie alphabet posters, and brand new hand printed greeting cards. If you are in the hood please do stop by and check it out- it should be a fun Sunday!

I'm looking forward to the second round of the experiment. Next step after this is Etsy- this is a bit stressful for me but I suppose the best way to do it is just jump in with two feet.

Wish me luck tomorrow. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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