I recently found out that there is monthly craft fair not too far from where I live and I thought this would be the ideal opportunity for me to showcase my wares. I contacted the group but was told that 'unfortunately' cards and jewellery are the two most popular items made and that the fair had filled up all places for these items. I am not a two trick pony though and can turn my hand at making most things. I have contacted them again enclosing a picture of one of my 'summer sprites' as an example of other things I make and asked them if there is a gap in the market they would like me to fill. I have yet to hear back but my cynical self believes that they want to keep the fair as a bit of a clique between particular groups. I would love to be proved wrong! Edited: I have been proved wrong! I can have a stall if I don't sell cards or jewellery items. It looks like I will be busy learning new skills then! :)
So here I am today feeling despondent. My son thinks my cards are too plain. I have explained to him that they are thank you cards and get well cards and don't have to be fancy or over embellished. He thinks I have the market all wrong and we lock horns because each of us think we are right. My idea is to focus on these types of cards and offer a few really special large wedding or special anniversary cards but I don't want to put a lot of time into the types of cards that don't bring me joy.
Whenever I am in a dilemma I turn to you, my blogging friends, to help me put things into perspective with your cool reasoned heads! Can you think of anything I can make either for a craft stall or my etsy shop that people would want to buy?
This is a topic I go round and round in circles with. My son thinks I should give up craft altogether and concentrate on painting instead.
Maybe in this overcrowded market he has a point.