All aboard the fail boat.

So, I participated in a craft fair yesterday and simply cannot hide my disappointment. I did not sell ONE. SINGLE. THING. While I’d like to blame it on the fact that it was an outdoor fair on a cold, rainy day, I can’t because there were still plenty of people in attendance and other vendors didn’t seem to struggle quite as much as I did.

Days like this make me really question all of the time, energy, and money I’ve spent on my efforts to make my dreams a reality. I have goals and I have things I’d like to work toward, but I’ve been trying for almost a year now and I’m even farther behind than when I started.

Overall I feel hopeless and completely discouraged. Normally I’m a pretty positive, upbeat person, but I’m also human and have to say that this experience has shaken my generally sunny disposition. I worked tirelessly (literally…I was up until 4:30a the night before) at beefing up my inventory for this and even creating new products, but to no avail. I was, at one point, handing out single paper flower stems with my cards FOR FREE and people were saying “No thanks.”

What keeps the rest of you from throwing in the towel? How do you come back from a day like this?

P.S. Here’s a grainy photo of the pillows that didn’t sell.

 

 

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6 thoughts on “All aboard the fail boat.

  1. Oh man. I definitely know how it feels to put your heart & soul into your work and be rejected. I’ve been selling jewelry on Etsy for almost 5 years (I also paint but the smaller items are a lot easier to sell). Most of my sales growth has been in the last year or so that I’ve had more time to put into it. And I still struggle with whether or not my dream is realistic or if my small amount of revenue is worth my time and effort. In the end I guess I keep doing it for myself and my need to express my creativity. I think you just have to know what’s important to you and go after it, I mean as long as you can afford to, and hopefully others will catch on. Also, it’s a tough economy but people seem to be catching onto the “handmade revolution.” And the holidays are always a great time to sell, right now is pretty much slow season unless you sell wedding stuff or something. Anyway sorry for the long reply, I just feel your pain! Hope this helps!

    • It does help, Noelle! I’ve read eBooks on how to make your Etsy shop more profitable-all of which say you should have 100+ items in your shop. I have a hard time with that because I don’t want to stock my shop with crappy items just to get traffic. I think I’ve come to the conclusion that I’ll get there. I’m going to slowly add items over time to really make my store worth visiting, but keeping the mentality that I should do this for myself and as a creative outlet. Thanks for your words of wisdom! πŸ™‚

      • Ooh you have an Etsy shop too? Totally agree, it’s all about working at it one day at a time. I mean yes posting more items will get you more traffic, but you want them to be items you’re proud of! But don’t stress too much either, cause you can always make improvements later πŸ™‚

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