Last winter I began Mountain Quiltworks for two reasons. Well, maybe three.
- The winter is my 'off' season and I have very little to do, so sewing and quilting and planning and setting up my own business was intriguing and fulfilling.
- It was a way to challenge myself. Could I really do this? Could I make things people wanted to buy? Could I make it successful?
- And, it was a way to make money.
It's been a learning process to sit back and watch what others are doing and take a stab at incorporating some of the things that work for them into my own business.
I must say I have learned a tremendous amount this past year. I accidentally discovered quilting blogs last fall, and was amazed at how open everyone was with tutorials and information and compliments. Such a nice place for women to gather online! And such tremendous talent out there!!!
Before I accidentally discovered Etsy, my method of selling my wares was at arts and crafts fairs. Here's a pic of my booth at my first fair, the Mountain Mama's Arts and Crafts Festival in Stanley, Idaho. Again, this was a learning experience, but I made my first sale, and then my second, and third, and so on. It was fun!
I certainly didn't sell out, but you know what? I learned a lot!
My business has taken some twists and turns as it evolves into a better (hopefully) critter. Thanks for taking the ride with me.
Are you planning to sell at arts and crafts fairs this summer? Let me know and maybe we could compare notes.
I'ved linked up over at Marcia's Minutes for Me Party