Got done with day one of a two-day show in Pasadena. Although I didn't get skunked, it was very, very slow. It was a beautiful day (rain is predicted for tomorrow), in a great location, and the event was well advertised (even got a pic of one of my pieces in the LA Times advertisement). But almost nobody showed up. Without exception, every vendor I spoke with was having one of, if not the worst days they had ever had for sales. The couple on one side of us have been doing 2 or 3 shows every month for 20 years, and today was the first time they did not sell a single item in a day. I sold a potpourri pot, a pen, a bottle stopper, and (gasp) a cutting board (my only 3-digit sale). I ended up finishing the day a little shy of my entry fee, so hopefully tomorrow will fill the rest of the gap and then some. I sold more than any of the vendors I talked to today.
I did have a good talk with Ray Leier, the promoter of the show and one of the owners of the del Mano Gallery. He deals in very high-priced wooden artwork, like $30,000 hollow forms. He stopped by the booth to chat and check out my stuff. The first good sign was that he didn't laugh hysterically when he started picking up pieces to inspect them. He was complimentary about my stuff and had good advice for a guy in my shoes.
Enough talk...here are a few pics:
After three whole hours of sleep last night I got things loaded up this morning at the crack of dawn...it took both cars. LOML's car has the merchandise and a couple signs, my SUV has the booth, tables, and other fixtures:
The show's location was right in front of the Pasadena City Hall. Great park-like location in front of a really cool building:
Here's one shot of the booth. The weather was great, so we left the sidewall off the booth. The glassware booth beside us sold absolutely zero today, and they have superb stuff:
And another shot showing the other table, and a little glimpse of the gourd people next to us on the other side. (They sold one piece all day, and their stuff was priced between $10 and $30. Nice stuff, but no buyers.)
And a bonus shot of a few pieces on the table. The reflected light shows the finish pretty well on several of them:
And a parting shot of City Hall after we were done packing up the merchandise and buttoning up the booth tonight:
We'll be back at it in the morning, and hopefully we won't need the rain ponchos.