For the past 15 years, the UT has allowed it's crafters to take over a portion of the seating area of the cafeteria for an employee holiday craft fair. They provide the tables and chairs and we get to spend three hours manning a craft table for free to a captivated audience.
It was a sweet deal when I first started participating back in 2004. That year, the fair had a record 38 crafters. Competition was fierce for fellow UT'ers hard earned green. I had about 4 other jewelry designers to compete with but I still made more money in those 3 hours selling my jewelry than I had all year.
Every year since then, sales have slumped. It coincided with the UT's announcement of golden handshakes and impending layoffs. No one could have forseen in 2005 the devestation our company and the economy would go through.
Fast forward to yesterday and it should be no surprise that our merry band of crafters couldn't escape the turmoil. There were 11 sellers: 3 were selling food, 5 of us were jewelry designers and the other 3 were selling various crafts. Taking into account the time and energy I spent getting ready for the fair, I didn't even break even.
Sad. Very sad.
But on a happy note, the new resin coated photo pendants were a huge hit. And, better still, my favorite big glass chunk pendant of Yosemite found a happy home (thanks Alex!).
And, as I find myself saying a lot lately...
There's always next year.