Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Brownsburg Festival of the Arts

Two Seaside Babes participated in this year's Brownsburg Festival of the Arts. We attended last year as patron and thought it might be a wonderful opportunity for a summer show. We were quite pleased when we received our acceptance. We've worked long and hard on creating more summer-friendly products for our warm-weather shows.

Unfortunately the heat doesn't bode well for trying to sell wool hats. Despite the horrid heat (it was mid 90's with a heat index over 100), we still did better than expected. It was our first time ever doing a show in Brownsburg and we were thrilled with the response that we received over our products. Unlike most of the summer shows that we have done, it wasn't our hair clips and headbands that went over well. It was our hats! So yes, we have absolutely amazing customers that can brave the heat to try on our hats!

We LOVED our spot! And we're hoping to get the same one when we apply next year. We were shaded for a majority of the day, which we believed definitely helped with selling our hats. And of course being right next to one of the 2 gates could perhaps have helped a little with the sales too ;-)

What were our best sellers? Our American Girl doll hats! We love when little girls choose to spend their money in our booth! It's one of the biggest compliments ever! Our boys hats have been going over extremely well this summer. But our biggest seller at this show was our cotton Buckle Newsboys!

Now, we're building up our inventory for our last summer show...we'll be at this Saturday's A Taste of Fishers. Then a month off before we start our BUSY fall season. We hope to see you at some of our shows!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Something New

About a week ago we were bored and just decided to try something new. Something that we had no intention on listing on Etsy or selling at our shows. We took an old amigurumi pattern and used a super soft, chunky, textured yarn to create these uber adorable elephants. While the pattern declared the finish elephant to only be around 6" long, these big ones turned out to be MUCH bigger than that.

We were so happy with how they turned out...so squeezably soft with overstuffed bodies, ears, and tails. Each one had a small braided tail (which we think totally added to the overall cuteness of it). We lightly stuffed the trunk and curled it over, stitching it to the head (not like what the pattern called for). We loved this idea as it is the perfect "handle" for little ones to tote their elephant around.

Like we said, we really had no intention on selling these. But after the response that we received from the kiddos and a few "awwwww"ing adults, we decided to see the response we might get from them at our last show, CarmelFest.

Out of the 2 we had there, we sold 1. For $30. So we're thinking of doing a few more and having a bucket full of elephants available at future shows. Up next, a gorgeous pink/brown that we found yesterday along with the most perfect gray! We can't wait to get a few more crocheted and start working on some more animals now! Stay tuned for more and come out and see them in person at our next show, Brownsburg Festival of the Arts on 17 July.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

CarmelFest 2010

Two Seaside Babes participated in this years CarmelFest. We were super excited about vending at this festival again, as last year's show was our very first ever. We were eager to find out if our hard work over the past year had paid off. We concentrated our efforts on more summer and warm-weather items such as our hair clips, headbands, and American Girl doll hats. We were pleased that all of our efforts definitely paid off.

We could have done without the horrendous heat though. It is more than difficult to try and sell wool hats in almost 100 degree temperatures. But our customers were great (and quite brave) trying on our hats.

Overall, we're exceptionally pleased with how we did. While we didn't reach the goal we were hoping for (we blame it solely on the heat), we still did better than last year. I supposed that is the true goal of any vendor...to outdo the previous show in sales.

Now, we're preparing for the Brownsburg Festival of the Arts on 17 July. Come on out and see us...we'd especially love it if you didn't bring the heat with you ;-)