In my last post I talked about getting ready for my very first craft show and was wondering how I would do it with my fibromyalgia.
Well, let me tell you, it wasn't easy. First of all the show was a complete bust, not only for me, but all the crafters as there were few shoppers throughout the 2 days. We were lucky if 1,000 people passed through.
Second, I was so bored and so fidgety sitting for such long periods of time that I thought I might lose my mind. I walked around and looked at all the crafts and talked with various people. I took short walks around outside, but the temp was in the 90's and very humid so that didn't last long. I even went so far as to go to the car and take a short nap to relieve the boredom as my husband manned the booth.
By the time the day was finally over I could barely walk I was so stiff from inactivity. For me the worst is sitting or standing for long periods of time. Ask me to walk anywhere and I'm good to go. It's funny how this illness affects each of us. My sister-in-law can sit for hours on end but can barely walk anywhere.
So, for me, the craft shows are not the thing to do. If it weren't for my wonderful husband volunteering to work it on Sunday I honestly don't know what I would have done as I am sure it would have set me back physically to sit there another full day.
Maybe it was a good thing the show was such a bomb because now I don't feel the least bit concerned that I might be able to make some good money doing them.
I suppose the advertising (or lack of it) in addition to the poor economy had a lot to do with the turnout and maybe another show would be a completely different ball game, but I will never know because this will be my last.
As I mentioned in a post on my other blog, the good news is that my inventory is up for Christmas so I can't really complain.
Until next time :)