I know this post is a bit different compared to my usual material, but I really wanted to share my experiences as a first time, table vendor.
Before I started this blog, roughly 3 months ago, I spent a lot of my free time working on both my Youtube channel [I still do upload videos, once a week] & my Etsy shop. I’ve been making jewelry & soap for almost a year now, though, my Etsy shop has only been up and running since May. I filmed a video all about ‘How to Start a Successful Jewelry Business’ which you can watch HERE; I still stand by everything I said in that video, but two tips I would add from recent experiences:  go out & mingle with other artists and  seriously look into spending an afternoon at a flea market or event with a vendor table. Last week I had two events, Tuesday, September 1st & Friday, September 4th, in which I had the honor of having a table selling a bunch of my handmade goodies:
Plasmaville: Hosted by Plasma Slug
Plasmaville was definitely an experience on its own, especially as an attendee. The event took place in a large, open, grassy field, holding the oldest home in New York City [built in 1709], called the Onderdonk House; it’s located between Bushwhick, Brooklyn & Ridgewood, Queens. For more information on the history of the house & field, click HERE. If you’re in the NYC area, I recommend checking out this house. It’s open for touring on Saturdays, 1-5 P.M. with a 3 dollar suggested donation.
The photo above was located at the far end of the field – it was closed off with yellow tape during the beginning portion of this event. There were tons of Plasma toys hidden, waiting to be found by both kids & adults via scavenger hunt. This was just one of the many dope activities that were offered at Plasmaville.
Kids were given an entire area, in the middle of the field, to do all things arts & crafts related. This was, by far, my favorite part of this event. Giving children the opportunity to be creative & use their imagination is something I admire & appreciate. Throughout the entire event, the chairs were continuously filled with attendees – I even peeped a few adults head over there to color, too!
Face painting was also offered, kids & adults alike were being covered in Plasma Slugs.
Through my vendor’s eye: I really do recommend, to anyone, who not only has a business made up of handmade goodies, but if you blog, or do anything via internet – get yourself involved with other artists & creators. This is something I’m personally still working on and I will forever be thankful to both Plasma Slug & the creators of the PBK Art Collective for giving me the opportunity to experience this.
I didn’t have proper business cards for both events, I foolishly ordered them a few days too late; this is definitely something I wish I put more thought into and will be prepared with for future events. Being really familiar with your products is another key component to selling goodies. People love handmade things, but they are more likely to buy your goodies if you speak about your products with honesty & confidence.
I met so many amazing people who bought a few of my soaps & jewelry pieces; but one customer in particular left a mark in my little ol’ heart. Her name was Sophia, and she was my youngest customer. She was between the ages of 4-6. She came over to my table, glanced at everything, asked a ton of questions, then finally saw the only 12k Gold-wrapped Quartz crystal necklace I had. She immediately asked her father to buy it for her, which he did. I put the necklace on Sophia & started telling her all about the meaning & powers behind the Quartz, and I swear, her smile & excitement is something I won’t ever forget. Moments like this, something that I would never be able to experience via internet through my Etsy shop, made me realize that physically interacting with people is a necessity. Sitting behind a computer screen is nothing compared to being face-to-face with your customers, and I am excited to take on the challenge of exploring more flea markets in my neighborhood.
If you don’t already, be sure to follow Plasma Slug on Instagram. He’s defineitly changing the art game & I wish him all the success in the world.
Take a peek of Plasmaville:
Full credit for this video belongs to: JeffStash Box
Poor Brown Kids Art Collective Presents the Apartment Series Pt. 2: Portraits
*Photos with artwork aren’t edited; I didn’t want to manipulate them anymore than they already are.
The PBK Art Collective was a completely different experience. This event had more of a gallery style setting – definitely not your typical art gallery, though. What the Poor Brown Kids are doing with this is revolutionary: one of the founders, Nik Antonio, uses one of the apartments from the building his father owns in Brooklyn to host these galleries. This one in particular is the second installment, & again, this is something I can totally see changing the art game. What I love most about the PBK Art Collective is the fact that they only accept artwork from people of color.
So many people came through; I would definitely say that the night was a total success.
Here are a few of my favorites pieces:
I love the rawness of the location – it’s a key component to the overall experience of this show. You walk into this apartment & see art work hung up, everywhere. Such a chill vibe. The PBK are innovative & I can’t wait to see what the next installment holds.
I’m super stoked to annouce that the PBK Art Collective are interested in having me again, at the next installment.
I want to, again, thank both Plasma Slug & the PBK crew for the amazing experiences last week. I’ve learned so much about myself, my business & where I want to head next with my brand; I couldn’t have asked for a better reward.
- Have a proper, non-misleading business card.
- Be ready to answer questions.
- Be knowledgeable & honest about your products.
- Be friendly, make eye-contact & don’t forget to smile.
- Make your table set-up aesthetically pleasing.
- Change products out to give customers something ‘new’ to look at.
- Surround yourself with people who truly support your work.
- Ask friends & family to help.
- Enjoy your time & always have fun!
“Be willing to be uncomfortable. Be comfortable being uncomfortable. It may get tough, but it’s a small price to pay for living a dream.”
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