Our First Vendor Experience

20 Aug

This past weekend we had our very first vendor experience for our Etsy business. I can definitely say that it was an experience I won’t soon forget. It was exhausting, but I am happy to have the first one under my belt and am excited for the future of our business.

I was most nervous about the setup of our booth. We had done the setup in our garage so we knew what to expect, but I was nervous that everyone would be stairing at us because we weren’t typical vendors.

We got to the venue and were the first vendors there (no surprise there). The frustrating thing is that there was a bunch of stuff for the sale in our vendor space and the rest of them were empty. So, we awkwardly stood there for about twenty minutes waiting for them to clear out our space. Eventually we decided to just bring all of our stuff inside and set it right next to our space. They finally got the hint and said “Oh, do you need this spot?” No…our business name is just there for the heck of it….

It only took us about 15 or 20 minutes to get the booth set up. I was worried it would take longer, but we move pretty fast. People WERE staring and I just tried to ignore it and tell myself that they were just curious about our products. Our booth definitely stood out from the rest and I am really happy with how it looked in the end.

We had to get there at 12:30 for setup, but customers weren’t even supposed to start shopping until four. All of the vendors were kind of confused as to why we had to be there so early. The worst part of the entire weekend was waiting awkwardly sitting there incredibly bored until the event started. We were lucky in that the vendors around us were all really nice. It felt like the first day of school where everyone sits there in silence for a while, but when people start talking the awkwardness goes away.

We got a LOT of compliments on how good our booth looked which really boosted my confidence. It was fun to see everyone so excited about our products.

Sales that first day were SLOOOWWW. I tried to not get discouraged about it. I was so happy to get home that night.

The second day was a full day event. I was tired, but excited to see if sales would pick up and they did! It is really fun to see that other people liked what we were selling. It is one thing to have a yard sale, but it is a whole different ballgame when you are selling something that you designed and produced yourself. Lucky for us, I overheard plenty of people telling each other how fun and cool the lights were.

Sales were good, but I was really, really homesick. I am not used to being away from my kids for so long. To be honest, I wasn’t really looking forward to coming back for a third or forth day.

Day three was really hard. Ariahna cried when I left (Which she NEVER does). Luckily I have an amazing husband who surprised me and brought the kids to the event for a bit. He manned the booth while I took the kids around to shop. He is the BEST business partner on the planet. The third day was not as busy as I would have liked, but the time passed pretty quickly.

The last day of the sale was BUSY! Like, line out the door busy. We sold some more lights and got a ton of great feedback. We nearly ran out of business cards! Packing up took maybe 15 minutes. We were done before any other vendors. I wanted to get home to see my babies!

Once we got home we sat on the couch the rest of the day and watched tv. It felt soooo good to relax. Usually one of us gets antsy and starts working, but neither of us had any desire to work. We didn’t even unload the car from the event.

We learned so much at this event and have some new ideas for future events. It was well worth the stress, time and money. We are very excited to see what the future holds for Miss Eloise!

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