|Me at LA Feline Film Festival 2014|
Here's what I learned:
Plan, prepare, plan some more. All of my research and planning made the day a lot let stressful. Being organized, made the set up much easier but it still took twice the time I thought it would.
Sheets make great walls! As does burlap. I was very happy with my backdrops for my original paintings. The burlap allowed a nice breeze through and still created a semi solid "wall" for my banner and Enormouse Orange Kitty. The sheets worked well and gave us shade. With 100 plus temps the previous week, I was concerned about melting in my booth. Lucky for all of us and the cats too, the weather goddess took pity and provided a gorgeous day.
Chains are great for hanging....and swinging in the wind. I didn't anticipate the height of the tent and should have gotten longer chains and staked them to the dirt. The lovely breeze had my canvases twirling. Instead of "s" hooks I would have used C clamps to make sure none could fall.
Signage. I think I would have had more signs with information all around. Giving customers a reason to hang out and read all about the cats in my paintings.
|Paper Dolls, Prints and Original Cat Art|
What sells? Can't be sure for next year. This year it was original paintings and prints. I did sell a bag,
but I think they make better displays than product. There were lots of free bags at the festival and with so many people having too many bags cluttering their cars, even a hand painted one becomes an extra item. That was right out of a few customers mouths. So I'll use them to attract, but unless I make high end styles....there's an idea.....I won't expect them to be a big seller.
|My son "helping" out >'y'<|