Anyone who says the economy is starting to improve, must be drinking (or smoking) some primo stuff. I just don’t see it in my neck of the woods.
Last Saturday, I did a one day show in Oakland (The Bead Society of Northern CA). This show is all about the beads. There are some terrific vendors. And the Bay Area has a LOT of beaders. Just last year, I did KILLER at this show. I sold more in one day, than I did in some two day shows.
That was not the case this year. I BARELY made my booth fee. But with parking, cost of the items I sold, and milage, I have to say the show was a loss for me.
The signs that this would not be a successful show this year were evident at the start. The line up of customers waiting to get in before the doors opened was sparse. I remember the days as a shopper coming to buy at this show when it took 15 minutes just to get in the door.
At the height of the show, it was still quite sparse. Booths were still sparsely visited, when in years back, a shopper would have to fight to get to the tables.
I know my bead shopping is at an all time low. Perhaps that is a good thing. I will be forced to use the stock that I have. But it also means that sales are dismal. And when sales are dismal, it is hard to find the inspiration to create something new.
How about you? How are sales in your area? Are you like me, in that if you have little that sells, your drive for creating new things for sale is hampered?
Signs of a bad show
- The show has been open for an hour, and you never noticed.
- You think the show has closed and started packing, only to discover that there is still an hour to go.
- You fell asleep and didn’t miss anything.
- You finally got to read War and Peace. In one sitting.
- You finally have a sale, and forgot what to do.
- You’ve spent more money at other vendors than you sold.
- You feel like you should pay the customers.
- You decide to wear a sign that says “Please feed me” or “Please donate”
- You can actually see what is on the vendor’s tables without fighting a crowd.
- Vendor count: 250, Show visitors: 115. Vendors win by a landslide.