Saturday, October 6, 2012

Sew Sunday: Fail

Pale girl fail
Disappointed to say that after 7 hours, a few hundred people, and zero sales - my booth was a bust. I not only didn't make a sale, I spent $2 on a drink. I made -$2.

I also got a sunburn.

And while this sucks for me, it means that all the obi belts and buttonflowers are still available for purchase. And if you order before October 31st with the words: FALLFESTIVAL you'll get $1 off your order.

Image courtesy of Amber

34 comments:

  1. Megan--I'm so sorry to hear it was a bust. Been there-done that which is why I got out of doing craft shoes. Have you thought about an Etsy store??

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    1. I already emailed my response to you, but for anybody else wondering - I have a simple reason why I don't use etsy on the buttonflower page: http://www.meganmaedaily.com/p/buttonflowers.html

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  2. Aww hon, I'm sorry. I know that feeling well and it sucks.

    Hugs! I hope you had fun, though!

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    1. Thanks, Meghan. <3 I did get to meet lots of sweet puppies.

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  3. Oh, bummer. I know you worked really hard to pull this all together. So sorry, Megan.:(

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    1. Thanks, Keely. However I did learn from it.

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  4. Well it's certainly not through lack of effort on your part. Still a drag though and sorry to hear about your sunburn. Now you're all set for your up and coming buyers.

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    1. Thanks, pao. I am definitely ready for my online buyers - who have been incredibly wonderful and various. I enjoy my online buyers much more than I did the booth!

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  5. Oh poo!! So sorry! I do know how you feel. I used to set up at a weekly farmer's market with my stuff. Some days were good; some were zero. I need to check out what you have for sale!!

    xoxo
    Lynn

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    1. Aw, man, those days are rough. Go check things out, shoot me an email if you're interested in anything. I still plan to have new stuff put together for the beginning of the holiday season if nothing floats your boat.

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  6. Please don't feel discouraged. You are talented Ms. Megan. I particularly love your flower buttons. Sometime in the near future I will even purchase some as we have talked. Despite your booth not working out, you have great customers through your blog and all the bloggers love your stuff: both flower-pins and belts. And now there is a lot more for us to choose and buy from.

    Hope your weekend was great, otherwise. Ada. =)

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    1. Thanks, Ada. My blog friends and online customers have been wonderful. They're what makes MMD work. This may be my daily style blog, but it keeps going because of the wonderful support of friends like you.

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  7. Sorry to hear you didn't have any success with your booth! Fingers crossed that next time you have even more sales to make up for it!

    Hope the sunburn isn't too painful.

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    1. Thanks, Mica. I'm still hoping for the best. I had a few people take my card, so who knows.

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  8. So sorry, M, for the draggy day and the sunburn (as a fellow paleskin, I do feel your pain). Things will turn about, your talent and determination will win through. Your blog friends love and support your work!

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    1. Thanks, Patti. I appreciate everyone who supports me. It's what keeps me going.

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  9. That really sucks. But it just means that the Internet is, indeed, better than the real world. I see your obis and button flowers everywhere online so I can confidently say " it's not you, it's them!"

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    1. Thanks, Cara. The internet is indeed better than the real world. People can pass my blog by and I'm none the wiser. But those who want to buy my wares can be instantly in touch with me. I definitely felt discouraged yesterday, but thanks to everyone's sweet comments and a few orders - I feel inspired.

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  10. Aww, you've got to be kidding me! I'm so sorry Megan - you know I love your goods and I think that they are VERY affordable. I have a friend that does photography/pottery and she often does not make much at festivals either. Sometimes she only makes enough to cover the cost of entering. I'm not sure what it takes to "click" with people.

    But I have to say - don't say fail, you got yourself out there and that's a win in my book. I know, it sounds preechy/cheesey but I think it's awesome you even put yourself out there and gave it a try. So that's not a fail to me!!

    HUG.

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    1. I'm really glad I didn't pay for my table, because it would have been a big loss. I had some nice talks with people, but it seems like most people had come for the free giveaways and to buy festival food. At least I got to meet a lot of puppies!

      Thanks, Beth. I learned from the experience and know to take my ideas in a different venue in the future.

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  11. Awww, darn Megan. Sorry to hear about that. I know how disappointing it can be to set up a booth, not make anything, but spend money! Those button flowers and Obi belts are the greatest. You probably needed a different crowd.
    I've go my two ties picked out and ready to send to you for my Obi.

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    1. Definitely need a different crowd! But I did learn where the crowd wasn't. Even if it wasn't a fun experience. Send away~ I'll have the belt together asap for you.

      Thanks Sheila.

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  12. Aww, poor sunburn xoxo (touchless ones with soothing aloe)! I'm glad you're feeling the affection and support of everyone here after such a tough day. I love your work so much (I'm wearing another buttonflower in the post I'm racing to put together today for Sheila's party), and agree that it's a question of market. Your experience reminded me of this site, which may be useful / encouraging as you regroup: http://designinganmba.com/

    Thanks so much for posting my photo and link. More (virtual, non-owie) big hugs to you.

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    1. Thanks, Amber! I'll definitely check out the site. Finding the right people is difficult, but at least I learned that spending money at other local events will not be in my favor.

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  13. Ouchie! Seconding Amber's suggestion of Aloe. Or a thick layer of unperfumed cream? Hope it's cooling down now. Sorry you didn't make any sales at the Festival, what a drag.

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    1. Thanks, SS. I've been using unperfumed cream and witch hazel, which is helping. I usually avoid sunburn so I don't have any aloe around.

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  14. Oh Megan. I am so sorry to hear about the booth and the sunburn. I hope you are not being too hard on yourself because you are very talented and I love your belts and button flowers. I have been wanting to get one from you, but with paying for the wedding and everything, I've only been able to shop via gift cards lately. :-( I do hope you will give it another go! You are very talented and creative and I believe in you!

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  15. Biz/sales are hard. There are a lot more disappointments than successes, especially at first. Doesn't mean you shouldn't keep going though! Just learn and refine as you go along.

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  16. I'm still a hard core fan :-). My husband is a musician and sometimes the CD sales are dismal. I still want my button flower(s). Don't worry, you are the best.

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  17. so sad to hear that but negative experience is experience as well.
    havea great weekand don't worry

    Lyosha
    Inside and Outside Blog

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  18. Awww, Megan, I am so surprised. Your work is lovely, extremely flattering, and really reasonably priced. I thought about you on Saturday, and was so hoping it would go well. My co-worker was thrilled with the custom obi she ordered from you. Burgundy Tea, the one I had my eye on, got sold, so I'll be eagerly awaiting your new offerings, and keeping my eye open for great ties to send you.

    Sending big, big hugs (and a package hopefully if I can get to the Post Office today).

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  19. I am sorry that you did not get sales. That is why I refuse to do markets with my jewelry. I did that once and people would say it was really pretty but then walk on by. They just did not know what they were missing! I am especially sorry you got a sunburn! I don't burn easily, but when I do, I get blistered, which is the worst one can have.

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  20. Oh hon, I'm so sorry. I love my button flowers, they're just so unique and clever. Markets are really hit and miss, though; I've crafter friends who have these huge days when everything sells, and then total busts at the same fairs on different days.

    And, ow, the sunburn! I burn so horribly myself, I just winced and had sympathy prickles looking at you.

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  21. Ugh, that sucks! But I've been there. Sometimes it's just the "wrong crowd" for what you're selling. Last year I made a million t-shirts for an event and sat there for six hours to sell... two. So I made all of $40, only $20 of which was profit and because the event was in a bar, Nate and I spent $20 on beer over the course of 6 hours, trying to keep ourselves entertained. It was a total fail, but eh, it happens. I figure getting my name out there a bit by people grabbing business cards and just seeing my shop name helped in the long run? maybe?

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