have you heard about this? handmade home shopping parties? i like the concept - but i think i would have a hard time asking my friends to one of these. they all know i have an etsy shop, and i figure if they want to buy something they will let me know. i do think this would be a fun event if you have several crafty friends, and could offer a variety of handmade things, and hosted it at a coffee shop like she did. maybe around the holidays? what do you think about it? is it something you would do?
i actually try not to attend any home parties. a few years back, when we lived in a town of 2000, everyone was having stamping up, pampered chef, party lite, silpada, & mary kay parties, and i always ended up buying things i didn't even want because you want your friends to get lots of stuff. so i made it a rule not to attend them anymore. i feel bad turning down my friends, but i also don't like the idea of pressuring anyone into buying something. which is how those particular parties are set up. you know, if three friends agree to host a party then the host gets a prize? so then three more of your friends are having a party and you have to buy more stuff you don't need.
EDITED TO ADD: i don't think what Mallory is talking about is the same as the "corporate" parties. like she says, you can make it whatever works best for you - whether it's giving away one of your items, or having a how-to session, or offering shop credit to the host.
i am excited about doing my first craft show this year! i am going to have a booth at handmade holidays. no excuses this year. my mom and my friend joy have already said they will help me. and i am just trying to narrow down what i want to have to sell. have any of you done craft shows before? any good tips for me? right now, i am planning on having some baby items (bibs, blocks, blankets) and scarves, maybe a small tree with handmade ornaments, and of course my notebooks and crayon wallets. maybe some aprons, maybe some bags. i am also going to have jars of cookie mix for sale, i love giving them as gifts and i think they would sell well. any other things you think would sell like hotcakes?