One of my favorite seasons as an artist is fall. There are a lot of Holiday gift markets that go on and I love being part of them. My most recent was the Maker’s Market hosted at Mixson in Park Circle. I had a great time and made a good amount of sales. At this market in particular I was selling mostly to people who I don’t know. Being an artist, there is the fear at these things of… “Will anybody want to buy my stuff?” When doing events for people I know I figure a folks will take pity on me and buy a journal or a print, but it’s a whole other ball game when trying to appeal to strangers.
The good news at the Maker’s Market was that I did well! I had a few friends who live in the area come out and support the team, but for the most part my sales were to those unknown. I had a couple different people say they remembered seeing me at Parktoberest, a similar event in October and even one lady who had just seen a print of mine in a picture somewhere and was very excited to be able to purchase one. Being remembered felt awesome. I always hope that my table stands out and that people will like it enough to purchase something for a friend or loved one.
If you were present for the Maker’s Market you may remember a drawing I did for a free matted print. The winner of the free print is: Haywood Robinson. Congratulations! If you didn’t win but were hoping to get your hands on a print maybe as a Christmas gift, please visit my Etsy shop and use coupon code: MAKERSMARKET for 20% off everything in my shop.
This year in the Knight house we are trying to buy local and hand make a lot of our Christmas gifts. We have chosen this partly because funds are low and partly because of an email I was sent by my dad about the importance of supporting our country’s economy this holiday season. If you’d like to join us on this mission you can support our local economy by purchasing from me J or any of the other awesome Etsy shops online.
Blessings to you and yours as Thanksgiving and Christmas approach, I pray it’s a joyful Holiday season for us all.