My daughter had a booth in the beautiful craft fair down Alii Drive in Kona. It happens every month and costs forty dollars. It was fun to watch everyone set up booths and do their thing. My daughter made about a hundred dollars after all the costs were subtracted and for some reason I spent about a hundred dollars.
I have gotten to know the other vendors in the area and the one next to us has a girlfriend in the hospital. He was trying so hard to stay calm but he really needed the money from his lava necklaces and I found one I liked and forked over fifty dollars. It was like a drop in the bucket for him with all the hospital bills and downsizing he is going through. My heart and wallet went out to him.
The odd thing about my purchase is that it was a rosary. I asked him to take off the cross and I was going to find a shell or something to put on it but then I found another booth with some fancy artist doing fused glass and I got a little piece for forty dollars. Forty! What was I thinking?! It replaced the cross nicely and I feel holy when I wear the necklace now.
I also bought a forty dollar sun catcher that Iris's booth mate made and it will look so nice on my new porch if signing the papers ever really happens. She had worked so hard beading up new things for the booth and then only sold the one I got and one other. The other one went to a little autistic boy whose father said loved twirling things. He bought the dolphin suncatcher and the son followed it off down the path.
So nice to have the street shut off from cars and the foot traffic take over. Vendors selling things is a time honored activity and I love the feeling of it all. But my daughter worked too hard and it was too hot. By six when it was all over the sun was setting and things were mellow. I remembered how I used to get so cranky when I tried to sell my Art that I would bitch at everyone about anything. Not worth it to me but my daughter seems to love it.
I just wish there were more customers. More people with money who spent it on the little guys. Walmart has suncatchers, necklaces and refrigerator magnets and the vendor items are twice as expensive. I dont blame people for shopping for a cheap price. Money Honey.....Customers who care are badly needed in this world.
In the fifties the Ugly Americans were everywhere, counting out their change and letting it flow into the world economys. We don't need the Ugly but I do miss the money!!!