So this week I went to the One Of A Kind Craft Show in Toronto with my friend Meg, a OOAK Toronto Virgin. This show is SO huge that when you're trying to navigate your way through, you need to give directions like this:
"Okay, go west until you hit the Wawa goose and then take a right until you get to Hudson's Bay..."
Meg was looking up at the aisle markers - we had started at Y and were making our way backwards.
"This can't possibly start at A!"
Oh yes it can.
There are over 1000 vendors who have each spent, on average, $3000 for a 10 x10 booth to sell their wares. Just think about that folks. They have to sell at least $3000 to break even. Or they could consider it $3000 worth of advertising - which, when you're a small business owner - advertising should be a large part of your budget anyway - but $3000?!? That would mean they'd have to sell $100 items at $30 to break even.
For those of us who are relatively cash shy - the purchase of something at even the $30 range causes a moment's pause. Let alone the most adorable owl pillow for $68. I want that disposable income that would allow me to buy this from Velvet Moustache at booth B-59:
or this from Kelly Grace at booth K-08:
or this from Gosia Art at booth S-07:
Plus this by Floyd Elzinga at booth K-04
Or pop art by Denial Art at booth 1-44
Or these fan-freaking-tastic purses made from reclaimed books and belts!!! By Noelle Hamlyn at booth W-43