I said I'd tell about this, so, now, I will!
At the miniatures fair, I volunteered for two separate hours doing of course, polymer clay work. I've been volunteering doing that since I was about 13 or 14 years old, every year. It's great fun! I'd recommend it to anyone who can do it -you get to have people crowding around and watching you do your thing, ask questions, help them out, and sometimes make a sale or hand out business cards! Plus it was helping out my club. This year, I sneakily left some fliers I made for Etsy, on the volunteering table, even when I wasn't volunteering. And LOTS of them were taken.
I think people really like it when they see a 'young person' volunteering. Sure, I'm not a kid anymore, but it's still good for them to see, I think, that it's not all retired ladies.
This year, I had my business cards in front of me. I had when I was about 16 as well, but no one ever contacted me about anything. This year I had a website, so, I hope that someone did go and have a look at least. I also decided to give free samples. For several days before the show, I made candycanes (also available for sale on my Etsy shop) and I had some in a box in front of me, with a sign saying "Please take one, they're free!" I encouraged as many people as possible to take one. Of course I had forgotten that many wouldn't have had anywhere to put it! Some little girls were *totally* thrilled about it. A few little girls sneakily came back for more a few times- lol did they think I wouldn't recognise them? And lots of the adults were very impressed as well.
I had been expecting to have to explain to some children that no, you can't eat them. I hadn't been expecting the adult woman, who took one and put it in her mouth. I heard her bite it in half just as I shouted "YOU CAN'T EAT IT!!" I think we both died a little there.
Though me handing out real food makes no logical sense, at least I know it looked realistic?
New products for today: A Father's Day sculpture. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=14705648
I also have miniature fried eggs, and some Pastafarian Christmas decorations.Free Counter