19 Dec Made Local Marketplace
I was a vendor at the Made Local Marketplace last Saturday in Columbus. It was my first official craft fair as Little Luvins and I’m so glad I was a part of it. I only had a week to prepare and build up inventory so there were many times the week before that I would stop and say, “What am I thinking?” It all seemed to come together, somehow, despite the lack of time to prepare.
My husband and I had to wake up around 4:30 am because of the weather that day. He earned major Hubs points and was a trooper for the whole thing. We had about an hour to set up once we arrived and mingled with the 72 other vendors that day.We were at a table next to the sweetest couple who were selling the most delicious fudge. They kept us entertained with their stories of rabbit raising and fudge making ,which made the day go by really fast.The traffic wasn’t overwhelming and the other vendors were incredibly friendly, so it was a painless introduction to the craft world. I’ve been to craft fairs with my sister before and we’ve always thought it would be great material for a reality show or movie played by the characters from Best in Show.
I stuck to baby goods at this fair and sold minky blankets, bibs, burp cloths, Ohio onesies, and crinkle toys. It was nerve wracking to stand behind your table and watch people comment on your hard work, but also very rewarding.
My favorite comment of the day was from a cute girl that said, “I bet your house is adorable.” I burst out laughing and told her my Pinterest house is super cute but my real house is a hot mess. It was such a sweet comment but couldn’t have been further from reality. Note exhibit A where most of our stuff still lives:By the end of the fair, JB and I were exhausted and dreaded the drive home. If only we could have teleported back to our house. After several stops and Wendy’s fries for fuel, we plopped on the couch and didn’t move for the rest of the night.
Overall, it was a great day and something I would love to be part of again. It was incredibly organized and a welcoming environment that was supportive of those that are doing what they love.
*Also, thanks to my mom and father-in-law for braving the weather to come support me. My mom even brought a suitcase so she could change for a wedding she was going to that night. Pretty amazing lady, that one.