this past weekend i took part in a little holiday craft show. the show kinda ended up being a bust for me personally as far as sales went, and that's the sad news. as it turned out, it wasn't exactly my target market, with the buyers mostly being interested in more traditional crafts rather then the indie variety. to each his own! however, one fabulous thing did happen... meeting ashley & joel of this paper ship! that is indeed the good news!
ashley & joel are a super adorable, multi-tasking, husband & wife team specializing in illustration, graphic design, wedding paper goodies, and even wedding photography. they are fairly amazing and i can easily say that i have some big time crushes on every one of their prints! well, we basically all ended up being in the same boat last weekend, with shoppers not really being the right ones for us. so what do you do when you're bummin' at a craft show... turn to trading! the fantastic thing about having mutual respect for another artists work is that you're as equally excited for them to own one of your items, as you are to own one of theirs. so here's the sweet swag i scored...
the mr. cooked me amazing dinners every night after the show, so i got him this awesome little ship in a bottle t-shirt as a thank you. he's a big fan of vintage ships and just loves it!
my other incredible score is this darling print of an adorable little country gal in the midst of a big city. the boots, the freckles, the chicken on her head... i can't help but smile whenever i look at her!
she's the perfect addition to our home!
anyone who has done craft shows knows that each and every one is a gamble, and you take a little chance with every new one you do. i've learned the important lesson to always research the market you're showing in, and just because a show is in a wealthy area, doesn't mean the folks with money are looking to spend it on you. in this particular case i was just happy to break even and more then happy to have meant some wonderful fellow NC artists.
you can shop This Paper Ship HERE!