Sunday, November 7, 2010

Bad Girls Has Been Very, Very Good To Me


The 13th Annual Bad Girls of the North is hard for me not to love. I admit a bit of grinchyness was going on with me last week. Maybe it was how busy I made myself, maybe I just dreading setting up, selling my stuff then taking down a 2 day show or maybe after 10 years of Bad Girls shows I’m getting a bit burned out. NAW! How could I even say that?! I talked and laughed so much my voice was hoarse, the Margaritas from the cash bar went down really smooth and I had sales even before the show opened! After I ran home to change and returned before opening time I found several notes attached to pieces that early shoppers and other artists wanted. How can a girl complain with a pocket

full of cash that can treat her family to eating out, Sunday at Bear Tooth Theater Pub and most importantly, being able to pay some bills? Not me –ha! Once again I’m humbled by the outpouring of fantastic customers who are willing to buy my art, share with me their past purchase stories, offer support and encouragement to keep making art and be surrounded by incredibly talented artists for two days. It was a smart move to make smaller pieces, more price conscience

items and sales seemed to trend toward gift giving of unique items. Customers were more thoughtful with their buying, taking a bit longer before turning to the sales table. I doubled the number of “Wind Salmon” I made which I think was over 25(!) hoping to sell about half Friday night and half on Saturday but ALL were sold by 7 p.m. Friday night. They were $65 each but everyone liked them because they were different and customers hadn’t seem anything like them around town. I could have sold anything MOOSE all day and all night long. I ran out of anything Moose by 7 as well. The irony is last year I took almost all of my Moose home with me. What other artists and I talked about was how unpredictable each year can be –we all agreed that the best plan is to “expect the unexpected.” I have lots of pictures to share so I’ll post some today and some in a couple of days. Most were taken before the Show opened (with permission) otherwise there were so many people packed into the event I wouldn’t have been able to share some of my favorite booths. Thank you again to my loyal customers who are also my Blog readers. Enjoy!


Especially for my pottery Bloggers...I LOVE Marie Herdegen's work of Morning Wind Pottery. Yes, I purchased some holiday gifts from her too...



One of my favorite Girdwood artist potters is Kathy Peters. Hand built and wheel thrown functional porcelain pottery.


The best part of having really good sales is being able to take a large share of my proceeds and "share the wealth" and buy Christmas presents for my family and friends AND a new pair of Nancy Nolfi repurposed mittens for me (and somebody else -but I can't say here)! Below is Pizzazz Fiber Art by Nancy.



mmmm, toasty warm AND artful!
xOx

6 comments:

Ina in Alaska said...

The art was wonderful, so much talent! It was so nice to stop & chat with you!

Linda Starr said...

Wow, you did so well, how wonderful, that gilper fish patina is super; your booth looks great. I see some ideas for my booth in pottery ones too; those mittens are cool. Oh and I'm just looking at your reading list, may have to go to the library as I am out of clay till the kiln gets fired and cooled down on tuesday.

Judy Shreve said...

Congrats on the great sales! Love the shots of the booths -- and those mittens are very cool!

Patricia Griffin said...

Reading this post was such encouragement! Great news on a great show! (And those mittens ARE cool!)

Cindy Shake said...

Thanks guys :o) I'm one whipped puppy this morning though!! I didn't realize how tense/nervous I was during the show, my muscles are aching -but in a good way :o))

Christine--RHP said...

you go girl!!!