I am still not sure where I am going with all of this inventory, but I am taking the next steps.
I just know deep in my heart that I want to do something BIGGER. Maybe the Craft Fair didn’t work out, but God has something in mind for me with these sewing talents. I just need to keep moving forward, and I know the path will reveal itself.
2 days after the Craft Fair debacle, I picked up all of my stuff and visited 2 local children’s boutiques. The first one, I totally chickened out on. I took one step inside of the door, and immediately convinced myself that my stuff wasn’t good enough. That this boutique was too nice, too expensive, too fru-fru for my items to belong there. So I pretended to be a shopper, walked around and looked at all the items, then high-tailed it out of there.
Shame-faced, I completely gave myself a pep talk the entire drive to the next boutique in town. ( I’m Good Enough, I’m Smart Enough, and Doggone It, People Like Me! HA – thanks Karen!)
Figuring all I really needed was 20 seconds of courage, I walked in – went straight to the counter and asked for the owner. I just about passed out when the owner walked out from the back to talk to me! Totally tongue tied and feeling so awkward, I asked if they did consignment and explained that I sew children’s clothing and that I had a bunch of stuff in my car if she wanted to take a look at it. She did! After going back to the car and grabbing a good assortment of my goodies, in I came with a basket load of stuff.
I still felt like a total dork, walking in with this huge pink basket. But the owner actually liked my stuff! Asked me to put together an e-mail with photos and prices, and she would let me know what she wanted!
Since then, in an effort to appear a bit less of an amateur, I put together a mini-brochure of my items. She specifically asked for BOY items, saying she is always on the look out for those (aren’t we all?!) – so I had to come up with some new things that I knew I would be able to sew on a last minute basis.
Overall, I really love the way the 14 page brochure came out! If this is successful, I may consider keeping it up and creating one for my Spring / Fall Collections and sending brochures out to all of the local boutiques. HOW COOL WOULD THAT BE?!!
Anyway, I am telling you all of this because I want you to know that I am keeping my head up! I don’t like to wallow, and believe everything happens for a reason. Maybe that Craft Fair wasn’t the place for me, but God knows exactly what I am supposed to be doing. All I need to do is keeping walking and putting one foot in front of the other.
Thank you so much for all of your encouragement, I will be sure to keep you all in the loop! I have been working so hard on the sidelines, and having you cheer me on has been the best support ever. You guys seriously ROCK!!!
Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…