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!