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!!!   

 

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Comment by koshersalaami on July 20, 2015 at 11:52am
They miss having the money to spend
Comment by nerd cred on July 20, 2015 at 12:56pm

My internal Catholic schoolgirl scrunched a bit at taking a cross off a rosary and using it as a necklace!
It's ok, though. I smacked her down and she's quiet now.

It sounds like you might have a fallback if you ever need money or really want to clear out what you have.
You could get Iris to sell things on consignment for you if you can't stand to do it yourself.

Another installment of life in paradise.

Comment by Jerry DeNuccio on July 20, 2015 at 1:47pm

"My heart and wallet went out to him."  Clever!

Comment by JMac1949 Today on July 20, 2015 at 2:12pm

R&L, still got my fingers crossed. ;-)

Comment by Myriad on July 20, 2015 at 2:25pm

Nice, but sad...  I tend to avoid craft sales because they make me feel bad - whether I buy something that costs a lot, or I refrain.

Hoping on the house.  Meantime here, my daughter and husband have bought the house a block away and working now on unloading their current place in the U.S.  The place wasn't their first choice and they got themselves kinda pressured into offering, so I'm really hoping they'll be happy with it...  (I know _I_ am, but that's beside the point...)

Yours is such a cute house.  Is it just procedure that is delaying things?

Comment by Zanelle on July 20, 2015 at 5:40pm

Funny nerd cred...yes, the rosary is a tricky necklace but seems appropriate and when I wear it I feel some sort of peace especially without the cross  

 The house papers aren't late...it just takes time.  Hope all goes well with your kids Myriad.  Emotions run high during moves.

Comment by Ted Frier on July 20, 2015 at 8:55pm

Whenever my wife and I make our annual trek to North Conway, New Hampshire we always make time to check out the many small arts and crafts stores that populate Mount Washington Valley. And even though we are surrounded by beauty there has always been something a little sad to me whenever we've visited these small shops.  The artists work so hard and when I look at the prices they seem to get so little out of it. And when they do charge what their artistry is worth, how long does it stay on the wall or shelf unsold.  I've often wondered how they can make a living at it.  The same goes for the shop keepers who provide so many artists with what may be their only link to buying customers.  I've seen so many of these small shops come and go.  We do our best to support these local artists, but with you we wish there were more customers.   

Comment by Zanelle on July 21, 2015 at 12:00pm

That is it, Ted.  There is one artist here who is very focused and has a store with stylized art that seems to sell.  My daughter is all over the place with her own philosophical art and then craft paintings for tourists.  She is enjoying it all and knows I have struggled all my life to make money as an artist.  I try to be positive but it isn't easy.

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