Stouffville Creek Retirement Christmas Craft Sale

I will be participating in the Stouffville Creek Retirement Christmas Craft Sale happening on November 1 from 9 am to 12:30 pm.  I’m particularly excited about this one because it is the first craft show that I have been invited to! They saw my flags at the Stouffville Strawberry Festival and thought of me for their Christmas Craft Sale. OF COURSE I had to say yes because they made me feel like a celebrity and my big fat ego will take any and all compliments.

And exciting news for those of you who couldn’t make Apple Picking Day: Apples of Glasgow will be selling their apple cider! The ingredients of this cider are: apples from Apples of Glasgow. That’s it. I can’t oversell this cider because it is insanely delicious and not pumped up with glucose/fructose/etc! It would be worth coming to this show solely for the free samples of cider. I hope to see you there!

Made by Hand Postgame Breakdown

(Looking to appeal to the male audience with that blog post title)

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter (@halyardflags) you will have seen that I was at Made by Hand this weekend.  It was a great show with a collection of excellent makers.  Me and my mom (aka Halyard’s number one employee) bought for ourselves/for Christmas presents from five booths soooo that’s a small indication of the high quality of work at the show.

My new Made by Hand craft show pals informed me that this was the first year the show was two days AND that admission was 7 dollars for customers (usually there is admission but it is less). Through many conversations it was deduced that this may have effected attendance so the crowds weren’t insane.  As my mom succinctly put it, “I want it to be so busy that people have difficulty navigating their strollers.” Don’t get it twisted, my mom doesn’t wish ill will on people with strollers, she just wanted a few more customers to be there, and same with me.

However, lowish attendance aside, this show was amazing for Halyard as a business.  I met a variety of GREAT CRAFT SHOW MANAGERS who enjoyed my work, encouraged me to apply to their shows, and pumped up my ego.  I don’t want to name the shows yet because I am being superstitious and don’t want to claim I have anything before I actually do. Let’s just say, my mom and I did a variety of celebratory dancing and laughing after these show managers were out of earshot. It’s great that Made by Hand was at the spacious International centre as there was barely enough room for my ginormous head after the compliments.

I was also approached by the very cool owners of a very cool store in the Hamilton area. Halyard is going to be present in a couple stores in the next month and I can’t wait to tell you about them once everything is confirmed! (Again, superstition, can’t say things are definite until they are definitely definite).

Finally Halyard was asked to make 17 little flags for a travelling couple’s upcoming wedding.  They are foregoing table numbers. Instead, their guests will find their table by looking for their assigned country’s flag.  And they won’t be looking for just any flag.  They will be looking for a wooden, hand-made, one of a kind flag made by Halyard.

 

Thanks for having me Made by Hand!

Approaching: Uxbridge Art in the Park

I’m really looking forward to this weekend at Uxbridge Art in the Park.  I’m feeling a lot more comfortable with craft shows after getting through a couple of them.  I’ve learned a lot from the past two craft shows which have lead to two changes: pricing and booth set up.

The pricing is now more inclusive to a variety of purse string tensities.  Flags will be going for as little as $30 from now on!! Thanks to passers by who said “I wouldn’t pay 60 bucks for that” too loudly to their friends.  Your words stung at the time but I’M TURNING LEMONS INTO LEMONADE OVER HERE.

As for my booth, I’ve spent my down time at other craft shows trying to decipher the psychology of how a customer can most effectively interact with a vendor’s products.  I’ve come to the conclusion that, although I’m not standing directly in front of my products at craft shows, I stand in the plane of space before my products and that may cause people to hesitate to browse.  I think I have found a way to rectify that without loosing the aesthetic I was trying to create originally. I’ll be sure to post pictures on Instagram of the new booth set up this weekend!

“They’re all evil in their own way”

This weekend I was at Parkdale Flea.  Now, I’m no business major but I think when it comes to sales you want more quantity, and quality doesn’t matter.  This weekend quantity wasn’t really in the cards at the Parkdale Flea as there weren’t too many attendees.  However, I got two really quality sales and I’m thrilled about them.

The first wonderful sale was to one of my brothers, Andrew (previously mentioned as he is helping with renovating my studio). He recently built a bridge and there was wood left over from the project.  I used the left over wood to make a few smaller flags including this one:

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Andrew generously bought this Ontario flag, a personal favourite with that interesting knot at the bottom.

Later in the day a cool dude (not a descriptive phrase I use often, but incredibly appropriate in this situation) came by my booth.  He informed us that there was a video shoot going on at a music studio around the corner.  He pondered which flag he should buy, the internal debate occurring because, as he said, “they’re all evil in their own way.” I promptly decided that was the coolest compliment I could ever receive for my flags.  He decided on a Canadian flag and as he was buying his flag said that he “liked supporting people who were out there doing it” because he too is an artist.  My mom was there for this whole encounter and after the cool dude left we debated about what his role was in the video shoot around the corner.  Roady? Musician? Groupie?  At the end of the day, our neighbouring vendor informed us that his name is Tom Wilson, a Canadian musician from Hamilton.  We promptly did a google search of “Tom Wilson Canadian Musician” (there are a lot of Tom Wilsons) and he had the fame verifying wikipedia page.

So Parkdale Flea wasn’t a quantity day but a quality day.  Thanks Andrew and Tom!

I leave you with a video of Tom performing the song Shine from his band Junkhouse.

Parkdale Flea

I’m so excited to be in Parkdale Flea this Sunday June 20! The Flea is on from 10-5 and I’d love to see you there. There will be the usual plethora of Canadian flags at the Halyard booth but this time I’m also bringing along some Union Jacks, American flags, and Ontario flags! Keep your fingers crossed that we have another beautiful weekend a head of us.

Exciting announcements to come so please stay tuned!

Stouffville Strawberry Festival Complete!

I sold flags for the first time in person this weekend and it was a success! Not only was it my first time selling flags in person, it was my first time being at the Strawberry Festival and it now comes highly recommended by me.  Thanks again to my hardworking helpers and to everyone who supported me in any way.  The love truly was felt this weekend.

Uxbridge Art in the Park is happening August 16th and 17th and after this great weekend I’m really looking forward to it!

AAAaaaaaAAAAaaaaAaaaannnddd I have a VERY exciting announcement to make in the near future but I’m going to wait until the powers that be give me the go ahead to share this great news.

Uxbridge Art in the Park

I HAVE CONFIRMATION FOR MY FIRST ART SHOW AND I AM SUPER PUMPED. Uxbridge Art in the Park happens in, you guessed it, Uxbridge. This year it’s happening on August 16th & 17th at Elgin Park and I have never been more excited for anything. I’ll keep you posted on how preparation for the show goes!