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Craft Show Tips

A few Saturdays ago I had the opportunity to “showcase” some of my handcrafted wreaths at a local holiday (bazaar) craft show. The hubs and several others had been encouraging me to sell my crafts for months now and I finally had the guts to give it a go. It was a somewhat spur of the moment decision which left me with just a few weeks to create about 10 wreaths to display and hopefully sell. So all of my efforts and time were put into creating and crafting, and not much else. Let me just say that my first craft show was definitely an eye-opening experience, to say the least. Here a few craft show tips I discovered after doing my first craft show….

Craft show tips

Do your research!

I’ve attended several craft shows in the past but the experience is completely different when you’re a vendor, which I knew going in but I still wasn’t as prepared as I should have been. I was so busy creating wreaths I didn’t once stop to think about ways to help me actually sell them. So I advise doing your research on craft shows in general (especially about those held in your area in the past). Also research selling tips, advice and techniques. And don’t be afraid to ask the craft show coordinator (or point of contact) about the upcoming event…ask about the general customer base, vendor space and location, past craft show successes, etc. All this information can be a big help!

Invest in your table setup and signage.

Being an avid shopper, I could just kick myself for slacking in this area; when I’m out shopping I’m always drawn in by pretty colors, signs and cute set ups. I so missed the mark on this one and I was totally disappointed when I looked around the room at all of the awesome displays (as I continued to struggle with mine). So I advise taking the time to invest in your table and set up! A few days before do a trail run set up of how you want your table to look at the craft show, hopefully this will help you avoid some unwanted frustrations the day of the event. But keep in mind to always be flexible with your set up,just in case the vendor site is not what you thought it would be. Make sure you have signs displaying your vendor name, pricing and other important information about your crafts. You don’t have to invest a lot of money in this area just a little time and effort. Remember to be creative, you want your crafts to stand out!

Craft Show Tips

Do a giveaway or freebie.

One way to draw people to your table is by offering something for free! Or is that just me that loves a good freebie…lol. Two of the vendors near my table had drawings for a featured products at their table, I noticed that it not only caused people to stop but was a great way to draw them in to take a look at more of their products. Other options to offer are a free gift with purchase, percentage off future purchases and/or samples…it really depends on what crafts you are selling. Even offering a piece of candy (which is what I did) is nice, however next time around I plan on attaching my business card.

Take a friend and make a friend.

Ask someone to tag along with you to your craft show. It’s always great to have helping hands with you when setting up. You may also need someone to keep you company during the down time and to stand in for you during you bathroom breaks. And while you’re there try to make friends with the other vendors around you too! Not that you’re in a rush but it can definitely help the day go by a little faster. Plus, they may be able to share a few craft show tips or information about upcoming craft events in your area.

Be organized and prepared for the unexpected.

Nothing is worse than being ready to purchase something and the seller is nowhere to be found or is not prepared to take your payment. I have left things behind for that very reason. So have everything you need to make shopping easy for your customers…keep extra cash for change handy, if your selling expensive goods have a credit card swiper (PayPal Here, The Square, etc.) and receipt book if necessary. Make sure you have an emergency craft show kit on hand too, with things like extra pens, notepads, tape, safety pins, markers, scissors, and snacks (trust me you’ll get hungry). Basically you want to be prepared for any and everything that could happen. And don’t forget your business cards…lots and lots of business cards and don’t be afraid to hand them out!

Set realistic goals and expectations, and have fun!

I went into this craft show with a very open mind! Of course I would have loved to sell every single wreath plus take orders for more but I didn’t…but I didn’t go expecting to either. I told myself that if I sold just one wreath that I would be happy and I ended selling two. I really just enjoyed the experience and I had fun!

I had such a rewarding feeling when I left my first craft show, not because I sold out or received such great feedback but simply because I stepped outside of my comfort zone. And I learned so much from the experience. I haven’t signed up for any other crafts shows just yet but I will definitely be using these craft show tips when I do!

Do you enjoy going to craft shows? What tips do you have for a first time craft show vendor? What handmade goods do you look for at craft shows?

The Savvy Housewife

Dusting Myself Off…

Clearly, I’ve been gone too long…my last real post was back in January.

If at First You Don’t Succeed…

Sad, I know. And I could give excuse on top of excuse for my blogging absence but I’ll save all of that for yet another day. After days, weeks and finally months of putting off writing because I thought it would be impossible to bounce back after such a long break, I decided to just go for it…

And here I am!

I’ve learned that “it’s harder to catch up, than it is to keep up!” Something my dad would always say to me back in the day when I was in school and I would put off studying or homework assignments. So yep, this awful habit of procrastination has haunted since I was a younger and apparently it’s a trait that I may have passed on to my children (which is a topic for another day).

So instead of what I call “selling you dreams” by rattling off my a list of personal goals and blog teasers for the upcoming months, I’ll just say that I’ve decided to just “dust myself off and try again…”


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My Resolution to Shop Less in 2014

While unpacking from my week-long vacay during the holidays, I became extremely overwhelmed. Ok, that’s a bit of an understatement…I thought I was about to lose my mind. I realized that I have too much stuff! And that’s even after several attempts (month after month) to purge what it is I don’t use, need or wear. So yes, I will admit that I have a problem…

Hi, my name is Roni and I’m a shopaholic!

shopping lol

I truly believe that shopping on any level is therapeutic. And when you pair that with my love for great deals and coupons, my shopping addiction gets even worse. So I’ve decided to challenge myself this year…I will shop less in 2014!

No Shopping

Now I know that most resolutions don’t make it past January. But I’m setting rules and guidelines for myself to help me stick to shopping less this year.

  1. I have shared my resolution with the hubs, a few friends and family members hoping that they will help hold me accountable throughout the year.
  2. From now until the end of March, I putting myself on a strict “no-buy diet.” That means I’m only allowing myself to purchase the necessities (i.e. the staple products I use daily that run out) and nothing else no matter how great of a deal it is. During this time I plan to re-evaluate what is in my closet and purge as needed.
  3. After March, I will re-evaluate my strict “no-buy diet” and decide if I want to treat myself with a mini shopping trip during my birthday month.
  4. Throughout the year I vow to shop my closet more and to be more creative with my outfit combinations. No more wearing the same ol’ thing from week to week.
  5. I  will live vicariously through the fashionista’s on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook  and various blogs that so graciously share their shopping hauls. And use their outfit of the day post as sources of inspiration.

Would you like to join me on my quest to shop less in 2014? Have you ever done a no shopping challenge or resolution? What steps did you take to help curve your shopping appetite? What resolutions have you made for 2014? Do you believe in making New Year’s resolutions?

Natural Hairstyles of 2013

I love my natural hair and it’s versatility. Since the year is coming to a close in a few days, I decided to take a look back at my natural hair styles of 2013.


Early this year I installed Marley Twist, a style I hoped would last at a month but only lasted about a week or two. I ranted about it here.


Bantu Knot Out

Bantu Knot Out

I also tried the Bantu Knot Out earlier this year. I love the shrinkage and fullness but it’s definitely a style that needs work.

Wash'n Go

Wash’n Go

I also revisited the Wash’n Go this year. I personally prefer the Wash’n Go on shorter hair but I might give this one another go too.

Mini Twist

Mini Twist

Mini Twist are always a favorite of mine!

Mini Twist Updo

Mini Twist Updo

20131229-193129.jpgI straightened my hair this year and was blown away! I couldn’t believe how long my hair has gotten. But unfortunately Jesus prefers my hair curly because it rained everyday.



I experimented with a few new updo styles too.

The Twist'n Bun

The Twist’n Bun

The Twist’n Bun is my go-to style on a bad hair day. I love it…simple and chic!

The Pony Puff

The Pony Puff

And when all else fails, I throw in a what I like to call a Pony Puff.

The Twistout

The Twistout

I used to be a die-hard braidout girl but once I mastered the twistout,  I’ve been in love ever since. Now it’s my go-to style for all occasions!


What’s your favorite natural hair style of 2013? Will you be trying any new hair styles in the upcoming year? Are you ready for 2014?

Just Another MANICure Monday: Oh Christmas Tree

Christmas is just two days away! Can you believe it?!?! This year has flown by, before you know it we’ll be ringing in the New Year and making resolutions.

Sometimes I wish I could just push the pause button and give myself a second or two to take it all in. Christmas is such an exciting time of year! I absolutely love it. So of course this week’s MANICure is Christmas inspired.




What are you rocking on your nails this MANICure Monday? Are you rocking a holiday inspired mani? What do you love about the holiday season?

Don’t forget to check out the Holiday Hair Giveaway going on over on YouTube!


I did it!


I did it! Yes! Finally after a whole year of procrastinating, I did it! I now have my Vision Board completed and hanging on my wall. I’m so ready for the new year!

2014 here I come!

The process

The process

The rough draft

The rough draft

Y’all know I struggled with getting my vision board started but I’m happy to say it ended up being a lot easier than I thought (once I committed). And I even finished well ahead of my set deadline…woot! And although I’m still not quite what my “vision” is for my future, I do see somewhat of a pattern on my board. I highly recommend that everyone do a vision board at least once…it was such awesome feeling when I hung my vision board on my wall!


I’m so excited about 2014! Are you?

Have you created a vision board before? Do you plan on creating a Vision Board for 2014? What goals have you set for 2014?

Michael’s Passport to Imagination

Being a SAHM (stay-at-home) I’m always on the hunt for inexpensive/affordable activities to help keep the kiddos busy and me sane during the summer…If you follow me on Facebook (and I hope you do) then you may have seen a post earlier this week mentioning the Passport to Imagination Craft Adventure at Michael’s. I was thrilled when I discovered it…

Michael’s Passport to Imagination is a 7-week crafting class for kiddos. The “2-hour crafting adventure takes place every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 am to noon” at your local Michael’s Store. And it’s just $2 per child per session. The crafts are designed for children ages 5 and up. Like I said I was thrilled…it’s affordable, offered several times throughout the week and indoors away from the scorching heat.

Be sure to pick up your Passport to Imagination Guide Book next time you're in Michael's.

Be sure to pick up your Passport to Imagination Guide Book next time you’re in Michael’s.

I immediately checked out the Travel Itinerary for the Passport Imagination and I couldn’t wait to take my boys! But my youngest is just 3 years old and class was for kids 5 and up. If you have kids then you know that no one can be left out….so I called ahead to my local Michael’s store to see if it would be ok for me to sit in with my youngest to help him with his craft and they said that it would be fine. WOOT! Be advised that I’m not sure if that’s the norm for all locations so be sure to call ahead first if you too have a little one under the age of 5. I decided that today would be a great day to do, it’s week two of Passport Imagination and Michael’s headed to South America. The craft today was something simple and not to girly, perfect for my guys….

Week 2 Crafting Projects

Week 2 Crafting Projects

My oldest

My oldest busy crafting his vase.

This guy is so creative!

This guy is so creative!

By youngest trying to keep up.

By youngest trying to keep up.

Some of the kids' crafts

Some of the kids’ crafts

My boys had a blast! And the instructors were amazing! I’m so glad that we went on today, we will definitely be going back. Like I mentioned it’s Week 2 of Passport Imagination, so that leaves 5 more weeks of crafting fun. If you still on the hunt for something fun and affordable to do with your kiddos, I highly recommend that you check out Michael’s Passport to Imagination!

Have you checked out Michael’s Passport to Imagination? What summer fun activities do you have planned for the kiddos?

Frugal Summer Fun List

Summer vacation starts next week for my kiddos and all I keep saying to myself is “get ready, get ready, get ready!” I have three busy, active boys…two at school and one at home with me right. For the most part things are pretty quite around here and running errands is a breeze with just the one kid in tow. So needless to say things are about to change in a few days.

Now being a SAHM, couponer and thrifty/bargain shopper I’m ALWAYS on the hunt for fun, inexpensive/free activities. Y’all already know how quickly things can add up…kids are expensive! So for the past few months I’ve been compiling a list of things to help keep us all busy and allow us to make the most of their Summer. Here are few of the things I come up with so far for my Frugal Summer Fun list.

Summer Fun Calendar

Local Library

Check your local library! A few years ago I rediscovered the value of my local library and I feel in love. They offer Summer Readings Programs for various ages, family movie nights, interactive classes for moms and kids, and crafts. And the best part…most of the events are FREE. And don’t forget to check out books for yourself and the kiddos.

Craft Workshops

Both The Home Depot and Lowe’s offer FREE crafting workshops for kiddos. The Home Depot’s offers a free movie/theme based workshop the first Saturday of each month. In addition to the workshop, The Home Depot host giveaways/contest and special presentations at select locations. Lowe’s offers a FREE Build and Grow Clinic every other Saturday of each month and the clinic last around an hour. For more details and registration info check out The Home Depot and Lowe’s Build and Grow.


Your kids can bowl for free this summer! Several bowling allies participate in the Kids Bowl Free initiative, where kids can get two FREE games of bowling everyday all summer long. And Brunswick Zone is also offering “Kids Bowl Free” coupons when you join the Brunswick Bonus Zone and add you kids 12 & under to your profile. Check out Kids Bowl Free and Brunswick Zone to locate a bowling ally near you.

Summer Reading Programs

Tons of places reward kids for reading over the summer!

  • Barnes & Noble Summer Reading – Kids read any 8 books and score a FREE book from the Barnes & Noble Reading journal list in store.
  • Chuck E. Cheese – Kids can score 10 FREE tokens for reading everyday for two weeks. Just fill out the Reading Rewards Calendar and take it to a participating Chuck E. Cheese. And there are other rewards calendars there too!
  • Sylvan Book Adventure – This is one of my favs! Kids ages K-8 grade, use the site to search for books, read them offline, use the site to take a quiz and earn points based on how much they remember. The points can then be redeemed for prizes.

Cheap Movies

Summer Movie Express

We all know how expensive the movies can be…tickets are at least $7 or more for just the matinée plus popcorn. And “ain’s nobody got time for that!” in my Sweet Brown voice, lol. But what I love is that movie theaters offer cheap movie tickets during the summer. Even though the movies are old and my kids have probably already seen them, they still enjoy the whole idea of just being at the movies. The Georgia Theater Company Summer Movie Series will be offering $1 movies every Tuesday and Thursday at 10am. Plus you can score a kids sized popcorn and kids sized drink for $1.50 each. And for 9 weeks, Regal Cinemas offers kid friendly G and PG movies for just $1 every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 am! To see locations and movie listings head over to Regal Summer Movie Express.

These are just a few of the fun things I have planned so far for the kiddos this summer. As you can see I’m trying to keep them busy. I also plan on putting together an educational binder, with age appropriate activities, for each of my sons to work on a few days out of each week…if you don’t use it you loose it. And I don’t want them to loose what they’ve learned in school this year plus it will help get them ready for next year too. I’ve already started my calendar and I’ll be setting up a daily schedule too. Like I mentioned I want to make the most of their summer vacation.

What are you planning on doing with the kids this summer? Do you have any educational or fun activities already planned? Do you have any ideas to add to the Frugal Summer Fun list?