These debuted on April 30th at Craftastic: toaster covers!

Okay, honestly, I think toaster covers are a little silly. I got asked almost every week last year if I made toaster covers. I guess more people have toasters than teapots!

As any crafter/artist will tell you, one of the most annoying things to hear when you’re out selling your things is, “Oh, why don’t you make…” “You should make…” “I bet you could sell…”

Why can’t people just be happy with what it is you’re selling!? Perhaps they think they are being helpful, I don’t know. I find this a bit annoying, but after listening to people repeatedly recommend this one particular item for months on end, I decided to give it a try.

I worked for a couple days on one prototype in January and it failed miserably. It just didn’t work out, so I gave up on that idea. (I know – so easily!) But then another crafter asked me about making a toaster cover, so I gave it another try. And this time I figured out a design I liked!

So if you visit me at the Market this summer, you’ll finally be able to get a toaster cover (and I know you’ve really been wanting one…)


Midtown Farmers Market

The Midtown Farmers Market in south Minneapolis gets underway this week, with Saturday markets starting on May 7.

The Midtown is a fun neighborhood market with arts & crafts, lots of veggies and fruits, excellent food vendors, music every Saturday, and kids activities. It has a great neighborhood feel to me – it’s really our neighborhood market. You won’t find obnoxious corporate sponsorships and fruit from Mexico or California. It is definitely a local/regional market.

I’ll be there as a craft vendor throughout the summer, but not every weekend. Right now I’m pretty sure I’ll be there May 21, June 4 and 18, July 2, 16, and 30th. But I’ll post each week so folks know if I’ll be there or not.

I had a decent season last year for my first year, and I’m looking forward to another year at the market. What most crafters and artists will tell you is true: the easy part is making your craft or art, the hard part is figuring out how to display things! I think we never truly figure it out, it is always in process. Every week I would think of a different, new, better (or worse!) way to display things.

Pay attention to this the next time you’re at a craft fair, art fair, etc. People put a lot of time and energy into how things are displayed. I guess my hope is that people won’t buy things if they really don’t need them (for themselves or as a gift for someone else). For those who are looking for a gift or a particular item there is a whole psychology around what attracts them to your tent, what makes them stick around and look at things, and what makes them purchase something.   And I totally don’t understand it. But if you are a crafter and have ever worked an art show or art fair, your stories of interesting customer behavior are not unique!

Hmm, this is a very interesting topic (at least to me!). I’ll have to come back to this soon.

In the meantime – mark your calendars! Midtown Farmers Market, Saturdays, 8am to 1pm!