For as long as I can remember I have either been going to craft/art shows with my mother when she was selling her sewing, myself with my She's Sew Crafty creations, or with my Metal Junkies works. As of a few months ago I took on a new role as an organizer of one of these events.
It all started when my crafty friend Ashley and I hosted our first “Handmade Holiday” last winter in my sewing room. We shared it on Facebook & actually had some pretty good sales considering it was mostly our friends & family who shopped, & you know how those discounts go. After that we decided to do a monthly “pop-up shop” called Hatch 605 at Ashley’s husband’s luthiery business. We had about 5-10 vendors each month. We took care of all of the set up, tear down, & sales for all of our vendors. Well, needless to say it didn’t take long for us to realize how much work and time it took to run an event even on that small of a scale. Because of some family commitments (mostly my & Kyle’s wedding…ie. the biggest crafting project of my life!) we took a few months off & planned on having one more holiday sale to close out the year.
Rewind to about 2 months ago when we received a call from the Business Journal of the Argus Leader paper asking us about our craft market. They were putting together a new brand called Sioux Falls Made and had wanted to include some sort of makers’ market to launch it & thought we were just the people for it…funny how things work out some times. I am not sure looking back that we knew quite what we were getting in to.
Back to real time & here we are days away from the event. We have put in countless hours going through vendor applications, back-and-fourth emails with the Argus team, making giant up-cycled Christmas tree decorations, paper chains, and not to mention trying to get our own products ready for the show. For some reason I think I strive and excel on stress. Things are absolutely crazy getting ready for this event, but I am completely happy about it.
Today we received the best reward for our work by being featured in a special section of the Sioux Falls Business Journal. I, as a “maker”, got to tell my story of why I am so passionate about what I do. This is worth more to me than selling 100 skirts…well, maybe 50 skirts, a girl has to make money somehow!
Check out my story, Ashley & Josh’s story & many other amazing makers that you will find at our Sioux Falls Made Market hosted by Hatch 605 this Friday, December 5th, or even better yet, come and shop the market from 10am-7pm.
As for the next two days, I am going to prepare for the craziness of unloading 32 vendors’ products and turning a warehouse into a cute craft market.
Craft, or “make”, on my friends!