Last weekend I had the Locals Only Show and everything went great! I was really nervous leading up to the show, only because I had never done one before and had no idea how much inventory to bring. However, it turned out to be a little slower than I thought – so they amount of product I brought was more than enough. The good thing is, almost everyone that stopped in purchased something from my booth, or had nice compliments – all of which I appreciated a ton! It was so great to finally have my entire line of cards all together, presented on a table for people to see. I didn’t think it would be as rewarding as it was. Just having people stop by my table and ask about my art process & how I make the cards was awesome & made all the past “meltdowns” (as Isaac calls them haha) worth it. I think this was a perfect practice run before my bigger show next month. Also – my husband helped me complete my DIY wooden sign that I talked about earlier. Turned out great and was super cheap to make! They nice guy at Home Depot gave us the piece of wood for free (score!) so I only had to purchase the stain and a decal. I made the whole sign for about $20.00 which was great compared to the already made wood signs I wanted to buy.
Starting out in the stationery world, I think one of the hardest challenges has been trying to start a company and product line that is competitive, professional and current without spending a lot. I, like everyone else, go on pinterest and instagram and see what all the other stationery companies are doing and start to get worried (not always, but some days) that my line/products/displays aren’t as awesome or aren’t all gold foiled & letterpressed, etc. But I saw a quote that I try to remember each day that says it perfectly “comparison is the thief of joy” – Theodore Roosevelt. And it is so true. You just have to believe in your own work, and your own passion and go on your own timeline not someone else’s. It’s not always easy but I am learning to embrace the journey better. I can’t wait to see where Little Print Design goes. I have so much heart invested in this little company, so I know only good things can happen.
Next month, Little Print Design will be at the Queen Bee Market – a 2 day art show in Oceanside. I like to call it “etsy come to life” because it is really just that. I went last year as a shopper and it was so much fun. It is a bunch of girls (and a few guys) who have etsy shops, or small businesses that come together in one room and build small individual booths to showcase their products! There is everything from screen printed shirts to homemade wood signage. I really love the concept of this show because it supports all small, local companies. A great place to get christmas gifts that are unique! I will post more about the show a little later!
Below are some pictures from the Locals Only Show!