Category Archives: Mimi Shows

Mimi Green in her natural environment….

I've been wanting to post these photos for over a month now and just haven't had time!  I met Nicole at     3 Dogs and a Chick  when I fell in love with her Adopt a Dog Shirts (witch I now own!) She placed a wholesale order with us and we have developed a great friendship!  Someday I want to go out to Ft. Walton Beach Fl to see her fabulous shop. Until then, I have these photos — doesn't her store make Mimi look so good!?

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These next photos are from before she started carrying Mimi, but I want you to see how cute the store is

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Also, you MUST go to Nicole's etsy shop to check out her treats, there are lots of new ones for St. Patrick's Day!

Craft Show Tips from a Total Beginer, part Deux

Okay so I have a few more pointers after Sunday's Dash and Dawdle:

— Credit Cards are your Good Friends
Half of my sales were charged onto credit cards. No, I couldn't process them on site, but I took the customers address, phone number and ID info and hoped for the best. Every one of them went through fine.  I love Authorize.net, you sign up with them and you can very easily enter the CC info when you get home.  I would say to get a 'knuckle buster" (why is it called that???) so you can use the whole carbon receipts — makes you look more legit I think. I couldn't find one on Craigslist and the only new ones I found were $30 and up so I just write the CC number down on my copy of the receipt and promised to shred it later which seemed fine to the 10 or so people who used credit cards with us.
If I wouldn't have accepted CCs this weekend I woulnd't have even made back my booth fee. You would be reading a post from a very sad Amanda today if that had happened.

— Mailing lists are your Best Friends.
Lots of people asked me if they could sign up for our mailing list. The answer sadly was  'no' because I didn't think to bring a sign up sheet for one. Now, why do you need addresses for interested parties? Because you can send them postcards, coupons, show dates, and thank you notes for coming to your booth. I did get a few addresses for people who ordered tags or used CCs so i sent them thank you notes with a coupon inside the card. They liked our stuff then, they have to like our stuff even more with a discount right??!!??  Email addresses are great and yes I should have had a sign up sheet for those too, but physical addresses that are willingly given are  worth their weight in gold. Here I have a stack of postcards for a Dec. show at a coffee house that I need to send to Albuquerque residents. If I had just had a sign up sheet this weekend I could have those addressed right now ready to mail next month!

I stole this cool photo of the start line for the 5K run from my friend Christina. While I stood in my booth drinking coffee with half and half, eating scones and decorated cookies (basically getting fatter by the minute!) Christina and her dog Max ran the 5K in great time. There was even a huge hill to run! I would have never of made it. Yes, I do run everyday but keep in mind that my average is 2.22 miles in 35 minutes which is a good try, but laughable! 

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This leads me to my thrid and finaly tip for the day:

— Stuffing your face because you are nervous is bad.
You will be mad at yourself the next day and it won't help your sales. I know that leaves very few other stress realving options since scotch, finger nail biting, smoking, and hair pulling are not really good options either, but try deep breathing. I really can't totally blame myself for this one since Flying Star had their booth right next to ours and they were giving out free food which was great for the runners, not so great for yours truely 😉 Point is, find a way to manage your nerves and you will have so much more fun.

Dash and Dawdle Love

We didn’t dash and we didn’t dawdle, but I am sure tired today after the Doggie Dash and Dawdle a the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Park yesterday!

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(check Cessie out in the bottom right hand corner– she had a blast until she tried to kill a black dog that was 4 times bigger than her! Then she was in time out for the rest of the day)

We met the nicest people (dog people always are right?) and saw the sweetest dogs. I have to say I was disappointed about one thing: I didn’t see a single Setter! That’s all I wanted to see, preferably an Irish Setter but I would have settled for ANY Setter. Not one. Come on Albuquerque! Is there no Setter love here?  I have been really wanting one since I started reading Lucky Fiona’s blog — she also happens to make Dog collars that are very cool, very different from mine, but very cool none the less — She has 3 gorgeous Setters yet Albuquerque doesn’t seem to have a single one. What is up with that???

I was nervous and way busy so I didn’t get great photos, which was really my only regret of the day. We had so much fun, but boy, I have never been so tired! I think it was from spending so much time playing with the doggies, I am getting too old to be bending over all day long!

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The Balloon Fiesta Park is beautiful already, but with thousands of dogs running around it was even cooler.  I can’t wait to see what kind of response our online shop gets from this show. Shockingly we have only had 2 orders from Albuquerque so far so I hope this show got our name out there to all the doggie mommas and daddies out here!

The best part of the day was seeing all the local rescues. So many animals are in need and this was a great benefit for them. I only wish we could have done more.

I did learn a few more things to add to my Craft Show Tips, more on that tomorrow….

Craft Show Tips from a Total Beginer

So I have been reading the week of Craft Show Tips on IndieBizChicks.com — which btw is super helpful — so I thought that I would make a list of things that have helped me.  Yeah, I know I haven't done very many and I am kinda a beginner, but here's my two cents worth:

 I have to say that at first I HATED doing shows, hated it more than anything. Now, after a few times and using these tips I am pretty nuts about it.

So here are both my lists of why shows kinda suck and how to make them better and more profitable.

Reasons shows are no fun:
1. Shows are exhausting, but you get over it after a day (or two) of really good sleep. Plus, if you do it right the money you make more than makes up for how tired you are after them.

2. Yes people are rude, but the people who you meet that are nice really make up for it. Take what those people say home with you and leave all the negative
comments there. No sense in dwelling on things that make you feel bad
unless the rude person had a point.

3. Many people think that they can make exactly what you do for less money, but really most of them can't. Those are customers you don't want anyway. They would be way too high maintenance since they think that they can do it better. Just shake them off.

4. Sometimes you don't make any money or you break even. I heard some great advice about this a few weeks ago at the Tijeras Open Market. A guy said it is like making an investment. You have to do as many shows as you can because sometimes you will sell out and sometimes you won't sell a thing. It works itself out. But if you quit after not selling anything once you will never give yourself a chance to sell everything you have in one weekend. Plus, what is the point of paying for a set up and not using it as much as possible?

How to make your show run smoother and make more money:

1. Smile as much as you can and try to talk to everyone who comes up to your booth or table. You can tell if someone doesn't want to talk but I have made a lot of sales by just chatting it up with someone about their dog. Most people like to talk about themselves. Ask them a question and boom, instant conversation with your potential customer.

2. Make your display unique. I never stop at booths that are all black velvet and all the goods are just laying on the table.  There is always going to be like 5 other booths just like that. I like colorful booths that highlight your product. If you read AnnaMarie Horner's blog you see how she even covers the furniture in her Quilt Market booth with her fabric. Last show I wore the apron that I made with fabrics similar to those on my collars. Then it was like I was part of the display!

3. In that same vane, make your booth multi dimensional. Some things have to lay on the table, but most things can be elevated in some way. On the IndieBizChicks blog someone said to drape fabric over the boxes you bring your product in. I love that idea, it not only gets them out of the way, but gives you something to build with.Then you can put your products up at eye level and people can see them from booths away!

4. Bring photos of your product in use! I did that last show and it was a hit. Everyone liked actually seeing the collars on dogs. It brings your product to life. One thing I will do next time is get really cool stuffed dogs to wear the collars since like 3 people asked my sister if the were necklaces at our last show. That goes back to how annoying shows can be. But 75 other people understood what they were, so I guess that isn't so bad.

5. Pack a lunch! There is nothing that I hate more than making $50 at a show and then saying, "oh but I really made $30 because I got coffee in the morning, bought lunch and got a latte that afternoon." Totally ruins the show for me. And then also you can just eat when you are hungry in between customers. Otherwise it is just another stressor you have trying to figure out when you can get away to get food.

6. Bring more product than you think you will need just in case. Last show I told my sister that I had done enough and I couldn't possibly sell more than 3 sets of leashes. She said "no you can't sell more than that if that is all you have!" Such good advice. You never know how busy a show might be.

7. Kinda keep going back to this, but display, display, display!  You have to think about how you will display EVERYTHING including your business cards. Which if you haven't had printed or aren't bringing any you are really missing out. Some people need to go home and think about it. That is just their personality. Now what if they have no clue how to get a hold of you? That would really suck.  See my new business card display:

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I am going all out with a vintage candy plate(s). I can't get with the whole plastic Office Dept holder. It looks yucky. My grandma offered me this awesome plate and I think it is a winner. It adds both depth and decoration to my booth — the basic ingredients to making your booth pop! 

8.And lastly, Have fun. If you are like me you spend most of your time behind your sewing machine or changing diapers. Take this day to be charming self and to socialize! And make sure you do it with the other vendors too — making connections is key to keeping up with all the shows going on. Plus they are in the same boat you are and they probably have lots of helpful advice too!

Tijeras Open Air Market LOVE , XO

I wasn't sure what to expect from the Tijeras Open Air Market. The list of artists looked impressive, but I wasn't sure if being so far away would be good for drawing a crowd. I was so wrong. We were there yesterday on a slow day (the weather was yucky in town) and the crowd was still phenomenal.
Shoppers seemed so happy to be there and were ready to shop. I felt like they did, I was in such a good mood just for being there. The landscape is stunning in Tijeras and it felt so good to get out of the city and into the fresh, clean air in the mountains.

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This was the awesome view from my booth. The booths are already set up, and if you do more than one day you can just put the canvas walls down and leave your tables on site. Makes set up so much easier!
Anna King is the owner of Just Imagine Gallery and the Tijeras Open Air Market. She was an absolute joy to work with — not like other gallery owners I have encountered in my time! In fact half the day went by without me even knowing she was the owner.  I guess I was looking for an uptight, upset, pushy person walking around and instead the owner was so easy going, doing the hula-hoop with another artist! This was a much needed breath of fresh air!  (Please excuse me if you are a gallery owner. I'm sure you aren't all nervous, pretentious people, but I have had some bad experiences with the gallery folk being down to earth)

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Here is my sis Paula working hard for Mimi Green.
The morning didn't start out so well, but Paula saved the day. First I got up an hour late, we arrived with 20 minutes to set up, and then all my ideas for how I was going to hang the photos fell apart. Finally Paula thought out of the box and made them all hang from the rope we were using as a clothes line (which was Kim's fantastic idea!) We only got to hang like half of the photos I framed and matted, but that was okay because if I had been there alone none of them would have been hung! Paula was awesome, a natural.
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Kim came over Friday and helped me figure out displays. She made this super cool one in the basket. Key fobs are hanging from the sides and there are collar and leash sets inside. Noah pained the frames for me– I thought he did such a good job! I love how he takes interest in my silly projects.
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I got to give treats to a super cute Chow named Chewbacca and a gorgeous standard poodle named Poodle;) And I sold lots of tags, collars, and 1 key fab and bought two perfumes from the Laughing Turtle Soap Co. –  They make fantastic body products that are all natural which means I can use them which makes me super happy!

All in all a fantastic day. I can't wait till next year so I can sign up early and do all the Tijeras Open Air Markets. They start in May and run till Oct.

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