Craft 2.0 on Saturday was incredible – the new venue in Wellington was light and bright and held crowds of people but let them move easily.
People seemed happy and positive and all day I took NO stupid questions. There were no pokers, no ‘I could make that’-ers and no ‘what’s a notebook for’ people. I’d had a huge banner made so people could easily see I was Emma Makes so got to hear who’d been on my website, who read this blog and who knew all about my pencils – it was a much better way to start off a conversation than, ‘who are you?’
I also had three great shopper experiences – one was Jennifer who won my competition to spend $50 at my stall. She jumped and screamed and yelled when she saw her name and was so excited. Then I met Magda, winner of the KNOW Wellington $100 voucher to spend at Emma Makes who spent a lot of time saying ‘I can’t believe it, I never win’ before gleefully picking up some Christmas shopping. Then I met a woman who loves pencils so much she bought 42 of mine.
During the afternoon people started bringing their dogs – inside the venue! I counted seven. It’s not Hollywood people!
I didn’t really shop myself – there was too much wheeling and dealing to do at my stall – but did manage a couple of quick swaps. If you’re looking for cool Christmas wrapping ideas then I highly recommend Meg’s polka dot and stripe goody bags and bakers twine. They’re super cool and very reasonably priced.