Our Boom Town Festival Experience was not as good as the last one but we did learn new things about how to display our crafts and we met some nice people. We even gave away more business cards and a couple of catalogs. I will say that we will try to attend more festivals at the beginning of the month rather than towards the end. Also, only those that will allow you to set-up the day before. I know with it being a street festival that the town could not close off the street until early in the morning but my goodness getting up at 4:00am to be there by 5:30am and then getting everything unloaded and set up before 9:00am was a little bit too much. It was extremely hot and there was very little shade. To top it off the wind picked up a lot late in the afternoon and knocked down our wooden display rack with almost all of my bead and wire jewelry.
We noticed that about half of the vendors had their tables facing out so that the customers would walk around the outside of the tent with the vendor inside. We had the tables in a semi-circle where the customers could come inside and walk around the tables with us sitting in the back. Maybe we will try the other way next time. It really depends on how much space is between each tent area. Then we were placed next to a food vendor that ran his generators the whole time. This has a good and bad side to it. The good side is that more people will look over your wares while they are waiting to be served but the bad is the fumes from the generator.
Late spring festivals in Florida are generally very hot and sometimes they are very wet. We brought a cooler full of drinks and a few snacks so that wasn’t too bad but we didn’t figure out until the last afternoon to put down our back sidewall to block out the sun. It also blocked out quite a bit of the breeze but we were getting a little crispy. That means we will probably not do any more festivals until the fall.
I am trying to talk mom into doing the Blueberry Festival in Wellborn, Florida the first weekend in June. That is still up in the air at this point. The cost of the Boom Town Festival was $100 for the two days and we only made $31. The Blueberry Festival is one day, Saturday from 7:00am to 5:00pm. They are allowing vendors to set-up on Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm which is very nice. The cost is $60 for craft vendors but the deadline is May 5th then you have to pay a $20 late fee, if they even have any more spaces available. Maybe we will drive over there this coming week to see where the event is going to be held.
Until next time……keep on crafting!