She did it! She brought her stuff, set up a BEAUTIFUL display and almost sold out of EVERYTHING! She sold all of her cracked marble necklaces, all but one marble necklace and all but three of the bent nail crosses (I will show you those soon. . . promise!) Her "refashioned" necklaces didn't go as well as everything else but she did sell SO MANY! She decided she over priced those (they were five bucks each) but I wouldn't let her mark them down. I know my sisters will love them as Christmas gifts and, frankly, five bucks each is a steal. At a craft show that WASN'T at an elementary school people would gladly pay double for the same things. Her stuff is cute.
The bookmarks didn't go as fast as I thought they would. She only charged a buck for those so they were a great price (considering that wholesale the crystals are around fifty cents apiece) but I really think people don't read real books anymore. Live and learn. She brought forty and took home about a dozen so they still sold. . . just not as well as I had thought.
She earned a whole lot more than she had expected and beat all her previous years' sales except for the year she and her brother sold bottle cap necklaces. That year they split the money, though, so she ended up with more this year. She's overly generous and makes her list of who to buy for; she usually has to rethink it after the show. I think that this year she may be able to buy her "first choice" for everyone! She's pretty excited!
I was also impressed as to how she handled her booth. I sat in the back and didn't do a thing. I wanted her to run it since it was her stuff. She did great! It's always a good moment when, as a parent, I can look at my child and think, "wow! I did something right!"
Happy, happy Thanksgiving to everyone. We have a ton to be thankful for this year and I am grateful for the day that is set aside to remind us to slow down and acknowledge and give thanks for what we have. I try to teach my children to show gratitude and give thanks each day but, sometimes, we forget. Thanksgiving seems to help me recenter and regroup.
I hope everyone can find something to be thankful for this year.