Sunday, October 10, 2010

One more for the road...

In my recent invitations to my craft shows, I posted up that that would be my last show of the year, but I guess I was wrong. Around the time of the Stratford show, I received an invitation from Mary Lou. Mary Lou is one of the sponsors from the Gloucester City show I had a few months back. She invited me out to participate in a event called "Gloucester Day". It wasn't too far from the site of the Gloucester City show. My spot was out in the street. I set up my stuff as usual. It was definitely a nice day. At first, I didn't expect a whole lot from this show. It turns out I was wrong about that detail.

Since I didn't expect much I ended up bring my box of pipe cleaners with me to the show so I can work on some unfinished figures. All of a sudden, Everyone started coming out. For the unfinished figures, I was working on Ghostface from Scream and Michael Myers from Halloween. I completed Ghostface and he was pretty awesome. Someone requested Freddy Krueger and I took the liberty of making him. Since I didn't have more time, I had to use the sketch of Michael Myers to make Freddy. It took me a while because I was getting more customers by the minute. When it cleared out, I completed Freddy and sold it to the kid who asked for it. For the top sellers at this show, they mostly went for the killers from scary movies. Then again, it is Halloween season. The other popular top selling ones weren't too far behind.

The day was going great. Later that day, the wind started picking up out of nowhere, moving my canopy in the process. I was a lil paranoid from the actions of the Magnolia Mayfair. My old display was destroyed at this show from heavy winds and I was holding on to the canopy when the wind was blowing. Fortunately, the wind wasn't strong enough to blow it away. Other than that, my business was still going strong. I ended up getting a visitor. It was Mary Lou from the Gloucester City show. It was nice to see her again.

The show came to an end at 6pm so I closed everything up. It was a good show. I had fun. Hope to do it again next time. Even the kids asked me if I was gonna return next year. Well, this was definitely my last craft show of the year. I need some time off from this whole thing. I will return in April 2011. Until then....

Figures sold:

Batman, Snow White, Knuckles, Predator, Freddy Krueger(x2), Alien, Toad(x3), Super Mario Bros.,Captain America, Philly Phanatic, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Tinkerbell(x2), Spongebob, Shy Guy, Megaman, Iron Man, Sasquatch from Darkstalkers, Unicorn, Leatherface, Punisher, Mr. Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, Jason Voorhees, PredAlien, Chinese Dragon, Jasmine, Darth Maul, Oscar the Grouch, Philly Phanatic(red), Anakin Skywalker, Meta-Knight, Ghostface, Luke Skywalker, Dora the Explorer, Peanut, Goomba, Yoshi(x2), Peter Pan, Ms. Pac-Man, Pillsbury Doughboy, Pokemon: Pikachu, Togepi, Mewtwo, Meowth, Charmander(x2), Poliwag, Lucario

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Three for the price of one!

What a ride this has been. I had three more craft shows that came and went. All three of them was a success for my business. I have one more show coming this weekend and hopefully, this will be the last one for the year. The weather is getting colder out there. I dealt with this not too long ago.

First off, I made my return to the Maple Shade Sidewalk Festival last month. It took place on 9/11 (unfortunate date). The day was perfect to put out a show. It was a lot of people at this festival. It was awesome. I ran into some old friends from either school or work. I sold a lot of my figurines at this show. I was about to put out Achmed the dead terrorist to the stand, but I quickly put him away because since it was 9/11. It woulda been a slim chance of trouble so I bought Captain America instead. Of course, some of the people recognized me from last year's show. It took me a while to put my stuff away when the show was over, but it was great.

One month later, I made my return to the First Friday @ Haddonfield. This time, I was across the street from the Hadrosaur statue. I wasn't too impressed at this show in the beginning because their was traffic and the wind was blowing. It became windy because we had a strong storm that caused major flooding in certain areas of the delaware valley and every time when a storm ends, the winds comes out. The wind kept knocking down of my my display boards and I was getting frustrated. For that, I had to keep an extra eye of my stuff so the winds won't blow away my things. I didn't do too bad with the sales. It coulda been better. I actually started to get cold. What sucks was I didn't even bring a sweater so that was my fault.

My latest show took place the next day. It was the moment of truth. The Stratford fall Festival. I say moment of truth because this is definitely one of my top selling areas. This was my third appearance at this show. This was similar to the Maple Shade show. This show took place at a high school. The kids there knew exactly who I am. A group of kids came by to see who I have now. I didn't get tackled down in that big way like the first time. I could never forget that. I didn't sell a lot like last year, but it was good enough for me. It was fun being there again. Let's see what will happen next time.

My last one will be in Gloucester City once again. This next show was a last minute invite. It should be fun. Until next time.....

Figurines sold: (Maple Shade)

Philly Phanatic(x2), Spongebob, Darth Vader, Snoopy, Freddy Krueger, Stewie, Captain America, Mario and Luigi, Jason X, SS Trunks, The Hulk, Patrick, Yoshi (red, blue and yellow), Optimus Prime, Smurf, Silver Surfer, Hadrosaurus, Deadpool, Darth Maul. Pegasus, The Riddler, Gumby, Kirby, Wario, Yo Gabba Gabba, Luke Skywalker, Spiderman, Green Goblin, Link, Pokemon: Pikachu, Charizard, Poliwhirl, Mew, Mewtwo, Charmander, Bulbasaur

Figurines sold: (First Friday @ Haddonfield)

Gallimimus, Philly Phanatic, Yo Gabba Gabba, Mario, Kirby, Cornelius Rooster.

Figurines sold: (Stratford)

Ariel, Patrick, Birdo, Darth Vader, Iron Man, Kirby(x3), Mario and Luigi, Princess Peach, Meta-Knight, Taz, Stitch, Elmo, Fire Mario and Luigi, Cookie Monster, Yoshi, Tinker Bell, Dry Bones, Iguanodon, Gray Hulk, Bob-Omb(x2), Snow Bros., Freddy Krueger, Supergirl, Princess Zelda, Silver Mist, Michael Myers, Easter Bunny, Waluigi, Mini Spiderman, Tweety Bird, Toad, Kool-Aid man, Gravity Suit Samus, Battle Damaged Darth Vader, Link Kirby, Jason Voorhees, Philly Phanatic, Big Boo, War Machine, Spongebob, Bowser, Pokemon: Bulbasaur, Pikachu, Jigglypuff, Mew, Squirtle,

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Fuzzy Figures takes on First Friday!

This recent show I had happened too quick. As long as I had fun. This was more like a mini craft show. My latest show took place in Haddonfield, NJ at their First Friday event. I first heard of First Friday in Philadelphia. I checked out the First Friday in philly before and I wasn't all that impressed, but it never hurts to try to apply there. Last year, an old friend of mine was hosting a Second Friday at Moorestown, NJ. I went to this show and it wasn't all that bad. I could have applied for it, but it involves my work schedule and from my hours at work, I don't think I could survive the Second Friday event.

A few weeks ago, I drove by Kings Hwy. at Haddonfield and I saw the First Friday event in action and I was stunned to see a lot of people there. I was like, "I gotta step in." I applied for this show and waited for confirmation. As I was waiting, I received a letter from another show that I applied to for the holiday season. It turns out that I was rejected by the holiday craft show. This was the second time that I was turned down by them. They had their chance. The good part was I got in to First Friday in Haddonfield.

As it was time to go into this event, I arrived early to look for a parking spot because it wasn't gonna be so easy for a busy area. Fortunately, there was one and I took it. I met with the hostess of the show. Nice person. I started setting up and it took me a while to figure out what should I make my booth look like. It didn't look like much, but I can tell it was gonna pick up soon. Across the street was a group of people playing jazz music which was pretty cool. Good time to listen to jazz is at night because it's relaxing. My spot was right next to a dinosaur statue. It was a Hadrosaurus. It was awesome. People were going all around to see this statue and they started noticing my stuff. I sold quite a few for this event. It picked up around the last hour. It was night time. From all the shows I did, this was a new one. My first evening craft show. After the show, I went home to rest, in time for Labor Day weekend. I'm gonna return to this show next month for another First Friday. Besides that, I have a couple of more shows left for the year. Well, Until next time....

Figurines sold:

Goku, Donald Duck, Butterfly, Pikachu, Spider-man, Gengar, Mario, Luigi, Wario, Bear, Black Spider-man

Monday, July 19, 2010

Medford show 2

Its been a month now since my last show in Gloucester City. I've been pushing myself lately for this show and I realized that that wasn't a good move. At least it didn't rain. For the weather of this show, it was a sunny day, but the bad part was the heat wave. I think it was over 90 degrees. When I was setting up, I began to sweat quickly. For this, I bought a towel and a cooler with 7 bottles of Poland Springs. From the entire show, I killed 4 bottles. It took me a couple of hours again for the set up. As I was setting up, There was ants everywhere. No, it wasn't a swarm of them. I even spotted a dragonfly in my canopy, but it didn't do any harm. The dragonfly was after the ants so I was like, "Knock yourself out.". Also, i added heavy bricks and several sets of big nails to make sure the canopy doesn't fly away from the wind. That's right. You're not going anywhere.

During the first three hours, it was going good when the people started coming. Of course the kids started going crazy once more. After noon, the business was starting to get slow. I almost ended up selling Optimus Prime to a young kid. A few people kept talking about him. This kid was with his mom when buying the transformer but a minute later, they came back for an exchange for Batman. I didn't mind. I didn't do too bad at this show. I was understandable on why the business was slow. Since the weather was so hot, everyone had the beach in mind. Get it? This happened to me before at the Cherry Hill Blooms Festival back in 2009. I kept stepping out of my canopy to get a breeze. My canopy had walls. Speaking of canopies, I finally got pics of my new display look. I'm still working on some new adjustments for the future. As I was waiting for customers, I pulled out my floral stems and started making two figurines in their beginning stages. I didn't have my pipe cleaner kit to finish them. For the two, I had Freddy Krueger and the Lord of Darkness from the movie Legend in mind. A few people were laughing at a figurine I had out there. This character was a box of french fries with arms, legs, sunglasses, and a pistol. I had this guy last years' Medford show and it was purchased by one of the vendors of the show.

As the show drawn to a close, my best friend Roya shows up to visit me. She was somewhat unaware that the show was over, thinking that the show ended at 5pm, but it ended at 4pm. It was nice of her to help me close everything up. We had fun chatting. After the show, Roya went home and I drove him and cranked up that AC. I treated myself to IHOP after the show. I had pancakes in mind for dinner and it was just what the doctor ordered.

Between this show and last year's, I enjoyed last year's better. I sold more and it wasn't all that hot at the time, but I will do better next time. My question is, Where will my next show be?

Figurines sold:

Yoda, Pikachu, Yoshi, Batman, UFO Alien, Spongebob, Spinosaurus, Pegasus(Mini), and Superman.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Gloucester City show - Take 2

This is the first time I ever get to use this blogger thing. Well, here we go. I had my latest craft show yesterday at Gloucester City, NJ. This was my 2nd appearance at this place. A nice area. Close to the river. There wasn't a whole lot going on at this show, but I didn't mind. At least it wasn't like the last one.

Back in May, I had a show in Magnolia, NJ called the Magnolia Mayfair. It was a baseball show. It was a nice area to have a show. I had a lil prediction of what will go on. Since this was a baseball show, I made a few Philly Phanatics for sale and I sold quite a few. It had a nice start to the show. Kids of course went crazy over my stuff. Around the last couple of hours of the show, the wind started picking up. I had weights to hold my canopy, but it turns out that it wasn't enough. The wind became so strong that my entire display got destroyed. My display boards, canopy, easel, destroyed. It turns out that everyone was having the same problem. I saw some people leaving the show because it was impossible to have a business running with the heavy winds in the area so I decided to leave as well. It wasn't right. On the positive side, I made my sales.

Back to the latest show, it took me over a month to recover from my last show so I went out to get new and stronger materials. I'm still making adjustments to my display. From my new materials, it took me longer to set up, but it looked nice. I didn't any pictures of it. I had my camera, but the SD card wasn't inside so i was like, "DAMMIT!" There's always next time. It was hot as hell at this show. It was around the 90's. I bought a frozen bottle of water with me, but I went out to the food stand anyways to get a cheeseburger, fries and a soda. Their weren't too far away anyways. Next time I have a show, I'm bringing a cooler. Around the middle of the day, my business started to pick up. Some of the vendors recognized me from last year's show. The wind started to pick up, but just barely. i was feeling a lil traumatized from my incident at the Magnolia Mayfair. Fortunately, I had heavier weights so it was holding on. Around closing, I received last minute customers. They went for Freddy and Jason. It turns out they were horror movie fanatics. It was a nice lil show. It coulda been better, but it was fine with me. My next show will be in Medford. Medford, here I come...

Figurines sold:

Spongebob, Tweety Bird, Spiderman, Toon Link, Pokemon: Togetic, Kirby, Freddy Krueger, and Jason Voorhees