A friend and I went to a craft fair located in Hillboro Kansas. Both of us have our wares in a store in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas called Prairie PastTimes. Its a store that feaures all things handmade in the Flinthills. Well, she makes jewerly and I do scrolling. So we thought we would check out what the craft fair was making and what was selling.
A little bit about the craftfair; it is probably one of the biggest in Kansas, don’t know that for sure. I haven’t read what the number of people were this year, but usually around 10,000 or more shoppers on one day.
So we were checking out what was there and wasn’t. There is always one thing that everyone is walkiing around with that is the hot item for that years sale. This year it was landscape timbers made into welcome signs that had different appliques. Like college, western, Halloween, Christmas so on and then there was angels attached to metal poles with solar lights as well. Solar anything seemed to be the big thing.
Anyway we stood in line, behinds lots of people most of the day. We did find that there was a ton of people selling jewerly, it was everywhere. I did see a couple of scrollers at the fair, but they were mainly doing ornaments and small things.
We went into a store that was hosting some consignment people and I did meet a scroller inside and he was doing some of the same stuff that I was. We talked shop for awhile and exchanged business cards. He said the most common thing for him to hear was WOW is that laser? I told him I knew exactly what he as saying because I hear that all the time. Then he told me that his wife does all the prices on his projects because she says the he gives his stuff away. It was just amazing to hear because my husband does the same thing to me. It was like listening to myself talk when he was telling the story. We talked for a little longer and he went back to try and sell his projects, which by the way at that time he hadn’t sold anything so far, but the day was young.
We did enjoy our time and did find some new things to ponder, but next year it will be something different as the new hot item.
-- Kelly, Allen,KS