A few weeks ago, BabyT and I were looking for something to do on a Saturday while TJ was working. We decided to attend the Urban Craft Uprising show - a few of the people I've met through Etsy were selling there, and I'd never been to it before.
It was by far, the hippest craft show I've ever been to - lots of eco/recycled items, edgy themes, and nearly every booth had something I wanted to buy. No crocheted doilies or country-style dish towels here!
I spent a lot more money than I intended on a bright purple recycled T-shirt summer hat for babyT at moth and squirrel, gorgeous glittery hairpins and a big shiny cocktail ring for me from glamscience, Matthew Porter's ABC book for BabyT (should have asked him to sign it!), a screenprinted paramecium T-shirt from Katy and Zucchini, and this awesome handmade bear (for both of us!) from Maluhia Designs:
The bear was nearly as big as Trillian and they both rode in the stroller through the show. She loves it. I like it because it's got really cute Japanese animated characters all over it, though TJ pointed out most of them are frowny or angry (in a really cute way).
I came away from this craft show totally amazed and excited to make stuff, lack of sleep be damned. (woo hoo!) And I got a tiny thought in my head. What if I applied to sell there? I know I swore off craft shows in the past, but this one seems different.
And, it turns out the application process for the Winter 2010 show starts next week. The fee to apply is minimal, and there's a huge chance I won't get in - from the numbers I've seen posted on their site, it looks like they accept less than 30% of their applicants. So I've been waffling about it all weekend, and I even got 5 product photos together for the application. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, right?
So in order to make this work, I need to start making things now. On the bright side, even if I don't get in, I'll have enough product listed online for the holiday season, which is always busy. I'm going to focus on ready-made stuff online this year, rather than custom items.
So yeah, that's the plan. We'll see where this path takes me...