Hi everyone! I mentioned a few weeks ago that I participated in a Christmas Craft Show at the Shaker Heritage Site. I’ve done a few posts about the the Shakers and because of that, they gave me volunteer status and allowed me to enter the Craft Show for free. I had half of 6′ table to display some of my goods for the six weeks the show lasted. Considering the small number of items I brought in, I was quite pleased with the $200 that I made ($280 before 30% going to the Shakers). I thought today I’d mention a few of the items that sold. (History and photos of the Shaker Site.)
I designed this 8″ x 8″ altered art project for a fundraiser I held for my sister, a missionary in Uganda. It sold early in the show for $18.00.
I designed this 8″ x 10″ altered art project specifically for the Shaker show. The heart in hand is a Shaker symbol and the saying, “Hands to work, hearts to God,” a well-known Shaker saying. It too sold fairly quickly. I think next time I make one like this, I will stylize and slenderize the hand and fingers more. I’ll also choose a different font for the words and cut out each word individually.
Several of my altered art style tags also sold, most for $2 or $3 each. Some undecorated sets of three sold for $5.50.
This little wicker basket was the perfect size for displaying my tags. I had previously listed it, along with all of the other antique items I brought to the show, in my Etsy shop, but they hadn’t sold. I chose several items that one might expect to see in a Shaker dwelling and waited to see if they would sell at the craft fair. Most did. This basket went for $12.00.
I used this larger antique willow basket to display tags as well. It sold toward the end of the six week show for $53.
I’ve been discussing possible collaborations with the Shakers and it looks like I will probably teach two 2-hour art classes during the year, which is pretty exciting. I’m also hoping to participate in the Christmas craft show again next year. Since the staff liked my photos of the site quite a bit, I’m considering having some cards printed with some of my images. The Shakers might consider selling them in their gift shop. Some exciting things to consider in the new year.
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