I like to shop just as much as anyone. However with so much pressure being put onto retail employees, and retailers as businesses, over the last few holiday seasons to work on and through the holiday (I know, I worked retail for the last 10 years) I do not wish to condone or support this. Requiring store employees to work on Thanksgiving or fear getting fired and Mall corporations requiring its stores to open earlier or they will incur fines, is just simply not nice.
My first outdoor fair was yesterday at the Triton Museum for their Midsummer Art Fair.
In addition to crafters, there was live music, food trucks, a book sale and the Friends of Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority were there with information about pet adoption. So many things going on!
I got to be neighbors with jewelry maker Juliette who runs a shop called Art in the Redwoods. She and I were neighbors at the Spring Fair too and she makes wonderfully unique copper jewelry:
There were also some fellow SFEtsy members there too (if I missed anyone please let me know I did not get much chance to run around and visit this time) Jen from Mama’s Magic Studio and an SFEtsy Team Leader was there too getting photos of each shop so glad she stopped by!
Fairs are a great way to get feedback about your crafts and I learned this time I need to get a hand mirror for people trying on hats, and that if I do another outdoor show I should really get a canopy. Also, lots of people really like Zebras. I was thrilled to see that my CroCreations Scarf I posted about recently found a good home too. I very much need to find more of that yarn, it got so many compliments!
I hope everyone who participated and/or attended the fair had a good time, the weather was awesome and I sold things from both shops, so I could not be happier!