November 26th through 4th of December was a bit of a whirlwind for me. I ended up doing three events over 5 days within that 9 day stretch.
EtsyRain Holiday Show
Thanksgiving weekend of November 26-27th brought my first EtsyRain holiday show at the Intiman Theater here in Seattle. It was my first large-scale indoor holiday show and did not disappoint. We had over 2000 people through the doors over 2 days and we had perfectly dry weather while loading in and out (though not in between!).
|Orange Twist at the 2011 Holiday EtsyRain Show|
I was impressed with how friendly the other vendors were and had a great time seeing familiar faces and meeting lots of new vendors and customers. I had really great neighbors including Roz from Scarf City, Kelly Cook, and Jill from Sucree. The show ran the same weekend of the Seattle Marathon which led to some logistical snags during set up, but overall the weekend was really enjoyable and fun.
Since this was the first of the indoor events it was the first time I’d set up using closet poles and outdoor umbrella stands in order to get vertical space for displaying the baby rompers. The poles ended up leaning a bit, but were a good solution as they were easy to pack, inexpensive, and very versatile. Since my booth space was 8 x 6 feet and my tables less than 5 feet in width, I painted a rickety shelving unit from my studio white and used it write receipts, and display card sets and framed posters. I also added additional card displays and risers to my table top display in order to maximize the number of designs available.
Fictilus White Elephant Art/Craft Fair
Four days later on December 1st I participated in the Fictilis White Elephant Art/Craft Fair during First Thursday in Pioneer Square. There were 10 vendors and within those a pretty wide variety of offerings including jewelery, paper goods, zines and handmade books, artwork, puppets, and functional crafts.
I ended up bring some of my artwork in addition to Orange Twist goods. There was a Thursday night Seahawks game which made parking a bear, but I got lucky and found an awesome and FREE spot a respectable distance from the gallery. The event officially started at 5 pm, but foot traffic seemed to pick up after 7 pm.
|Oops, forgot to take a pic until I started packing up|
I was a little leery of how my art would look next to my cards, but ended up being pleasantly surprised by how things worked together. This set up was the easiest of the three markets as I didn’t have to bring tables or vertical display items as the gallery provided both. Again, I had a great time meeting vendors and ended up going home with a puppet (now named Vigo!) made by Taryn Graham. See Vigo and his amazing expressive face and fur here.
Phinney Center Winter Festival and Craft Fair
After Thursday’s White Elephant Event, I had one day to restock and reorganize for the Phinney Center’s 31st Annual Winter Festival and Craft Fair which ran Dec 3-4th. This event is really well attended by the neighborhood and a great fundraiser for the Center and the Greenwood Food Bank. I was upstairs in Room 6 in the Blue Building and next to the Red Mill Burger Entertainment Stage which provided a festive musical backdrop for selling! Check out a list of of all the vendors at the Festival here.
|Orange Twist at the 2011 Phinney Winter Craft Fair|
The first day from 11am-1pm was really well attended and felt nonstop! There were tons of families and cute babies in abundance. I loved how most people came with their own bags, paid with cash, and seemed to really love the annual event whether it was their first time or 15th time in attendance.
Not to sound like a broken record, but I got to know some great people. Annie from Sew Darn Quilt and Sarah from beautanical were both at the EtsyRain Show so it was nice to visit with them and compare notes. My booth was 6 x 5 feet in size and that really made it imperative to maximize the table and vertical space, but that didn’t leave a lot of space for me! Load in and load out was probably the toughest of all three markets just because the event takes place in an old schoolhouse and I was on the second floor so that meant a lot of stairs!
I had a great time doing all three events and was lucky to have Mr. Mate’s help at some point during each market. His presence, as always, was hugely appreciated and made the days a little sweeter.
I appreciate everyone who helped organize and volunteered at the events–it’s impressive the amount of work that goes into making an event a success.
Thanks again to everyone who came out, said hello, took home Orange Twist goods, and supported local, handmade goods!