Ok, let me set the scene with a video…
The holidays are just around the corner and ’tis the season for craft/art shows, holiday boutiques, and plenty of opportunities to buy local and handmade for the holidays. In the past seven years, I have pulled all-nighters, woke up at the butt-crack of dawn, spent countless hours packing and unpacking cars, hauling heavy tables and props, begging my husband to keep me company, putting up tents in the rain, taking down tents in the rain, hanging from the framework of tents in order keep my livelihood from blowing away, playing catch and tag with said livelihood, Tetris-ing myself into a clown car to fit my products, my husband, and myself in the car, added countless miles to the clown car, and SO much more than the average holiday shopper would know. Ask any of my crafty friends and they will tell you the same and raise me by a bad story or two.
As we approach the holiday season, I ask that you take some time to really think about the following craft show etiquette as a shopper. I too need to be reminded myself at times. It may not be the most polite or politically correct approach (ask anyone…I really am the nicest person ever), but unfortunately, it has to be said (over and over and over……… and over):
Please treat our handmade art and merchandise with care and respect for the artist.