The Post-Bazaar Bizarre Boston Post!

Yesterday was the Bazaar Bizarre Boston, and what a crazy fun day it was! We woke up at the crack of dawn because I was a bit of a spaz about making sure we factored in time for traffic so that we could arrive in plenty of time for my 9:15 load-in at the Cyclorama. Because there was absolutely no traffic anywhere, we got there an hour early!

After finishing up some last-minute preparations in the car, we pulled in front of the Cyclorama and Stan unloaded the car. In the meantime, I checked in and started readying our table.

We built up quite a button collection between these sweet vendor buttons and a few smaller ones Stan collected for us from the vendor’s lounge:

We were ready to rock long before the Bazaar opened for Early Birds at 11am, and as soon as the doors opened for the general public at 12pm, there was a flurry of footsteps into the Cyclorama:

The Bazaar was steadily busy all day, right up until closing time! Stan went above and beyond as my booth helper — answering questions, making sales, packaging, ringing customers out, and of course, grabbing our food and covering for me while I shopped and took bathroom breaks. Speaking of shopping… well, I won’t go into too much detail because most of my purchases were presents, but I did spoil myself a little with this wonderful print from Allison Cole:

It was an amazing day, and a really great success for Poor & Pretty! The folks at Small Craft Advisory — the rock stars behind Bazaar Bizarre Boston — were terrific to work with. Everything was very well-organized, they had a great group of volunteers who helped us unload and pack up, and even came by to ask if I needed my booth watched at one point when Stan was shopping. Plus, the fact that there was a vendor’s lounge, where we could relax, grab emergency supplies, or load up on snacks was really wonderful. I will definitely vend there again if they’ll have me!

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December 16: Bazaar Bizarre Boston

I can’t believe the Bazaar Bizarre Boston — my second out-of-state show — is less than a week away, eep! I’ve got quite a few hectic, mad-dash-product-making days ahead, but I’m very excited. It’s a huge celebration of independent crafters & artists, and a massive shopping event on Sunday, December 16th at the BCA Cyclorama, 539 Tremont Street, Boston, MA.

Photo by Hank Hauptmann, hankhauptmann.com

With just about 100 vendors — ranging from candles, ceramics, clothing, and jewelry to paper goods, pastries, purses, and soap — the geniuses behind the BBB have created a vendor map so that shoppers can easily find their favorite artists. It’s the perfect place to knock out all of your holiday shopping and support small businesses simultaneously! I’m looking forward to checking out Allison ColeGlitterlimes, Witch City Wicks, and hopefully finding a new wallet, too, if I can break away from my booth!

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This weekend: Hamden Holiday Craftacular & DIY sugar scrub at Sugarplum

Planning on doing some more holiday shopping this weekend? Why not join me and other amazing local artisans at the Hamden Holiday Craftacular, tomorrow, December 1st? Or take part in some of the fun DIYs and meet-and-greets that make up sugarplum’s 12 Days of Christmas? I will be hosting two DIY Sugar Scrub tutorials this Sunday, December 2nd.

If you couldn’t make it to the Black Friday Handmade Market last weekend, The Hamden Holiday Craftacular will host many of the same amazing artists. Pick up fleeces for your puppy from Grateful Pawz, unique handcrafted stuffed animals from Jemmanimals {like this sweet narwhal!}, sculptural necklaces and earrings from Kate Stephen Jewelry, gorgeous handbound journals and hand printed stationery from Kleiner Eisbär {I love my matryoshka doll print, which I will be gifting to Stan’s Babushka}, eco-friendly clothing and housewares from sugarplum USA, and supercute origami necklaces and earrings from Tiny Dino Laboratory. Stop by The Space on 295 Treadwell Street in Hamden between 10am and 5pm.

Or maybe you’re giving DIY-themed presents. Here’s the perfect opportunity for you to learn how to make your own giftable {or keepable!} sugar scrub! Join me Sunday, December 2nd, at sugarplum USA, 98 Main Street in Southington, for a sugar scrub demonstration. No need to bring your own supplies; we’ll have everything, including snacks! There will be two demonstrations: one at 1pm and another at 3pm. Tickets are $5 if you pre-book online, or $7 at the door.

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Coming attractions: Where will Poor & Pretty be next?

Happy Friday, readers! Got any Halloween party plans this weekend? Don’t forget to check my DIY Halloween posts {1 & 2} for last-minute party decor inspiration!

I’ve been putting together my  holiday vending schedule for the next two months, and I can’t believe that my first craft fair was only a year ago! Here’s where I’ll be in the coming weeks, so if you’re nearby, won’t you say hello?

November 10: Friends of Beacon Falls Library Holiday Shopping Fair | 10-3:30 pm | St. Michael’s Church, 25 Maple Avenue, Beacon Falls, CT
It’s a bit of a mouthful, but this is not your average holiday craft fair! In addition to some local crafters, there will also be a cupcake contest {my favorite kind of contest!}, a used book and media sale, and a teacup auction. Fun for the whole family, and admission is free!

November 11 & 18: Hartford HodgePodge | 12-6 pm | Pratt Street, Hartford, CT
The Hartford HodgePodge began on October 7th and runs every Sunday until November 18th. I’m so happy a friend of mine reached out and told me about this amazing event. It’s an open air market that will be choc full of vendors, artists, musicians, and even food! Plus, it’s sponsored by some great organizations: CT.comDowntown YogaRadio 104.1, and more. Catch me  here November 11th & 18th.

November 23: Freight Street Gallery’s Black Friday Handmade Market | Time TBD | 170 Freight Street, Waterbury, CT
I loved vending at Freight Street Gallery’s Summer Handmade Market, so I’m stoked to be signed on to vend at their 2nd annual Black Friday Handmade Market. Avoid the insanity at big chain stores this year and shop indie on Black Friday!

December 16: Bazaar Bizarre | 12-6 pm | 539 Tremont Street, Boston, MA
My second out-of-state vending experience will be at the 12th annual Bazaar Bizarre Boston {try saying that 10 times fast!}. I will be in good company with almost 100 vendors from all over New England and beyond. There will be ceramics, clothing, edibles, jewelry, stationery, and yes, cupcake soaps! Tickets are just $1 at the door, but sign up for the Bazaar Bizarre Boston mailing list to be notified when early bird tickets go on sale — for $10, you get in an hour earlier!

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Poor & Pretty at the BUST Craftacular / World Maker Faire: Day Two

Sunday was a much better day for me in terms of sanity. Stan and I opted out of staying at the hotel a second night and decided to drive home instead, so we slept much better. The day also started sunnier, which made Erica and I very happy:

Wow, that cupcake tree is almost as tall as we are! I’m super grateful to my co-worker Chris for lending it to me. It took up a lot of room, but was definitely worth it. Many people stopped just to marvel at my tower of cupcake soaps. And my chalkboard & easel {borrowed from my friend Jeff} drew some compliments as well:

I was pretty economical with my booth. Suzi also let me borrow her trifle dish to display my Coco Body Balms, and gave me the great suggestion of layering them in it with tissue paper to make it look like an actual trifle:

Sunday was a bit slower in terms of sales, so Erica and I were able to leave our boys in our booths and wander around the rest of the Maker Faire for a while. {Stan was very happy to have made a sale all on his own during that time!} While it was slow, I hunted down the cupcake booth I had heard of on Saturday and bought 6 mini cupcakes to try out:

They’re from The Chocolate Swirl and they were delicious: Vanilla, Pumpkin, Red Velvet, Mint Chip, Caramel, and Nutella. Not wanting to keep them all to myself, I shared them happily with my tentmates. While I was out exploring, I also picked up some new bling from other BUST Craftacular vendors:

The necklace is from Erica {The Clockwork Witch}, made from pouring resin over a chocolate foil, watch parts, and a cicada wing. She collects parts from dead bugs and small animals and uses them in her jewelry — talk about recycling! It’s just so unlike anything I’ve ever seen, beautiful. The wooden turquoise ring on the right was made by Helveta Vyotlag.

During our tour around the Maker Faire, Erica and I headed first to the 3D printing exhibit, unable to wrap our minds around the concept without seeing it in action:

It’s so neat! You create the model in a 3D model software {like AutoCAD, for instance}, and then the 3D printer prints out your object layer by layer with this cornstarch or plastic filament. On the left in the photo above is a MakerBot 3D printer churning out what I’m guessing is going to be a mini crocodile mouth. On the right, Erica is marveling at a 3D heart that has all these gears that turn and twist. Very, very cool.

After the 3D printer exhibit, we saw a life-sized version of the Mouse Trap game! How awesome is that? It’s too bad they didn’t have it going while we were there, but it was still pretty neat to see. It makes me want to play the game again!

Overall, the BUST Craftacular / World Maker Faire was a fantastic time. Even though I was sick, I loved vending, I loved meeting Erica and Cornelius, and I loved having Stan with me, who did a wonderful job helping me out. And another HUGE thanks goes out to my amazing Kickstarter Backers, without whom I would have never made it there!

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