It seems that every time I go to Norwescon, I opt to do it a little differently. Last year, I had a vendor’s table. The time before that, I sort of wandered aimlessly.
This year, I’m doing a mix of things. I’m helping out Friday Afternoon Tea at their vendor’s table on Friday and Sunday, while spending Saturday attending panels. I’m also doing a reading on Friday, as a part of the Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading. And I’ll be tagging along with Jeremy to some of the MANY panels that he’s on this year.
Though I’m not actually selling my stuff there this year, that doesn’t mean I won’t be advertising. 🙂 I plan on wearing some of my crocheted items with my costumes, and handing out cards if people ask where I got them. But I’ve also got cards to hand out for the various writing/editing projects that we have going on. I need some sort of organizer purse just to deal with all of my cards!
With April being nearly at an end, I’m finally reaching a point where I can stop and take a breath. We’re done traveling (at least until mid-May), and I’m done with my first show of the year!
I spent last weekend vending at Norwescon. I attended Norwescon a few years back, and had a lot of difficulty being there as a fan. This was primarily because we stayed in the hotel, but I got minimal sleep (lots of noise in the hallways at night), and I was just back from a trip (because Ambercon US and Norwescon are always back to back weekends).
This time around, I had a much better time. Being able to sit behind a table 90% of the time I was there was a definite help. I could watch people walking by in their fantastic costumes, and occasionally got them to stop and chat for a few minutes, while they looked over the stuff I was selling. I also had fantastic help in the form of my friend Red, and got additional help from my friend Katie on a couple of the days. They were very good about watching the booth when I needed to run to the restroom, and checked in on me regularly when they were out doing fun stuff.
I did get to a handful of panels in the evenings, after the dealer’s room closed, but my main focus was really on selling things. Which I did, well enough. I got asked about a couple of new items. One of them, eyeballs with jingle bells inside, I had done before, and was able to whip some up quickly. I then proceeded to sell EVERY SINGLE ONE that I made. I actually ran out of my stash of jingle bells. I will be getting more bells and stocking up on those before my next show.
The other item I was asked about was crocheted animal ears, which I think are totally doable. I may not have time to work those up before my next show, but I will be making them soon and listing them online, as well as bringing them to some of the conventions and nerdy shows that I do. I’m planning on doing some on clips and some on stretchy headbands, and possibly some that can be slid onto hard plastic headbands. And while rabbit ears are probably out of the question (unless I give them some structure with wire), I think I can come up with designs for a whole bunch of other animals! So let me know if there’s something you’d like to see!
It’s pretty unusual for me to already have shows lined up this early in the year. But nonetheless, I do.
First, I’ll have a table at Norwescon, April 17-20, at the SeaTac Doubletree. This is a long running fantasy and sci-fi convention (this is Norwescon 37!), and I’m very excited to be vending there for the first time! I’m working hard to get a lot of stock ready for this show, as I think my stuff is going to do very well here!
After that, I will be at Oddmall: Emporium of the Weird, May 31-June 1, at the Comcast Arena in Everett. Oddmall started in Ohio, and has been running there for a while now. This past fall, they brought it to the Seattle area, and I decided to give it a shot. I did really well there, so when they scheduled this one, I signed up right away. The same organizers are also putting on the PNW Nerdfest in November (which I’ve also already signed up for!).
I may have one or two other shows over the summer, depending on what comes up, but then I’m hopeful to add GeekGirlCon and the Seattle Handmade (formerly EtsyRain) show to my fall roster.
Speaking of “depending on what comes up,” if you’ve got a show you’re putting together, and are looking for someone to sell awesome and weird crocheted things, drop me a line, either in the comments or at scarywhitegirl (at) gmail (dot) com. You can see the types of things I make at Scary White Girl Designs. I’m always happy to try out new shows, assuming they don’t conflict with the 8 million other things I’ve got going on this year! How is it that it’s February, and I’m already crazy booked for a good chunk of the year?!