I was happy to see a lot more originality in vendors, displays and products sold. When I visit vendors, I first pay attention to see originality. Then I look for quality and uniqueness of their booth. I want to see that they care about their product enough to make their booths special and unique. I like to see the artist expressed in details. I do not care to see people selling meaningless crap. If that were the case I would move back to Brooklyn New York.
Getting a booth is not cheap. Last time I checked it was more than $300 dollars. I is certainly higher than that if one reserves a space more than 10x10. The price is high enough to make sure people care about their product and presentation.
|Image from Hip Chix Facebook|
The first vendor is Hip Chix Creations by Diane. ( in case this link is broken, you can find her on Facebook by just searching for the business name) From her facebook page indicates that her business is located in Iowa. I am curious if she traveled all the way to Washington State just for this event. I instantly fell in love with her aprons! I tried one on and it looked fantastic.
|She had a great display with items for mother and daughter|
When I was younger, I liked things that were uban, sleek, and exotic. Today I am more about shabby-chic, home and hearth. This does NOT mean that I have traded in my New York City platform shoes for a pair of mom jeans. There is no way in hell that will ever happen. What I am saying is, one can certainly be a little country and be cool at the same time.
Her prints definitely reflected something interesting and unique. I can usually sense when someone has style and this woman definitely has style. It is not something that can be learned. I can see a New York mom wearing one of her aprons, and I can see a country lady wearing one of her aprons. When I was younger I would have wanted my apron to be black, with a big Eiffel tower on the front and nothing else. Today, I would love an apron covered in lemons and maybe a red and white checkered boarder. Her aprons contain something both charming, provincial, yet en vogue at the same time.
|Some of her mittens.|
The owner told me that she plans on selling on ETSY soon. I told her to send me a link to her store when she opens it and I will link it in this blog. She also told me that she is not very computer savvy, which will be a problem for her.
I would consider myself to be a social networking expert, and fairly computer savy. So here is my advice to Hip Chix Creations.
One: open a YouTube channel and start posting videos. Introduce your product and discuss what inspires you. Make a new video discussing patterns, fabrics, trends etc..etc... Getting to know the creator personally will create a certain following and loyalty among consumers. Usually it is good to make a YouTube video once every three or four weeks. Here is a sample sewing video...
Two: plug each one of your YouTube videos into your facebook page. Trust me - people love watching and listening. Over the years we have become lazy readers. Youtube is the way to go and has even replaced television for many people.
Three: When you open your Etsy store, link your Youtube channel and your Facebook page into your Etsy store.
Four: when you open your Youtube account link your Etsy store and Facebook page.
If you follow this advice you will bring a lot more traffic to your store and your product.
Moments in Time and Design Potholders. I did a quick online search and found that they were listed on the Made In Washington Store. I am very patriotic to my home State and support local businesses anyway I can. I spoke with the store owner, she was very friendly.
I tried these potholders and found that they fit comfortably. She does not make a standard, one size fits all potholder. I tried some that perfectly fit my small hands. (I never would have been a good pianist)
I did not have enough time to check out her prices or designs, so I cannot comment on that. Her website is linked above for anyone who is interested.
While writing this blog entry about these two unique individuals who both make charming products, I started to think about what kind of pot holders, kitchen towels and aprons I would like to have in my kitchen. I really love the aprons, but even every day cooks would not need more than two or three of them.
While writing this blog, I thought about patterns and prints. The following images reflect some of my ideas about aprons, pot holders, and kitchen towels.
|Inspired by Marie Antoinette|
|I thought this would be interesting for a pot holder|
|I love anything Shabby Chic|
|Shabby Chic Prints|
|How about a Sexy Shabby Chic Apron? They guys would love that. :->|
Merci! Au Revoir!
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