I was so excited about this handmade show and worked really hard to create and finish beyond what I had accomplished before. I did meet my own expectations to get ready and I am really, truly proud of that. However, the organizer of the One of a Kind Market disappointed most of the vendors with little to no advertising and absolutely no social skills. She didn't even introduce herself or offer any condolences.
By 2 p.m. on Saturday, vendors were packing up and walking out with a storm cloud over their heads. Personally, that kind of negativity makes me nervous. I stayed because I was doing what I signed up to do. I went back on Sunday. Seventy-five percent of the vendors did not return. Still the organizer did not address anyone. My heart went out to two very talented ladies at their first show. It was just downright sad.
Popping back from a dismal show takes some self-confidence and a lot of faith in my talent. Sigh. As I sit and write, I want to cry about it but that does no good. I seem to have a need to create, to reuse forgotten items, to give a new life a piece of metal, to dream. With that said, I continue to believe and look forward, NEVER behind (except to bring forth the lesson into my today).
The great news is, I have another show on September 15th at the Winston School at Royal Lane and the Tollway. They are calling it The Start of the Season Show. This is a juried show, which means there will be judges awarding certificates to artists. This means, also, that the organizers are serious about attracting solid vendors and, secondly, they are vested in getting people to attend. I will be ready in mind, body and spirit... and jewelry!
Create for the joy of it!!