Sitting in front of the fire drinking a glass of Merlot and wearing pajama pants seems like a great way to start this post! Today was my first craft show, Crafty Underdog. My goal was to get some experience with a show and sell enough jam to at least pay for the entry fee. Mission accomplished!
The venue was definitely unique. White light strings and Chinese lanterns hung from the balcony of the historic Mission Theater in downtown Portland. Beer, wine and burgers were available, and I’m not one to pass up on a McMenamins Ruby ale. (The second reference to alcohol in one post…should you be worried? nope) Local musicians played guitar and sang original and cover songs. Silent movies were projected on the big screen, starting with The Wedding Singer and ending with Footloose. There were a few challenges. The booth space, not just the table, was 3 feet by 5 feet. My neighboring vendors and I got very friendly and close to each other. The lighting was romantic and beautiful, but dim. Good thing it’s not necessary to see jam to enjoy it’s deliciousness. The biggest challenge was the lack of customers. Fortunately, the few customers that stopped by bought some jam. Aunt Becky’s Roasted Italian Plum Butter and Apple Pie Spice Butter were the favorites of the day.
Craft show vendors are kind-of like farmers, very friendly and helpful. I received a ton of advice and tips. One teensy problem, I did a bit of shopping. My new coconut oatmeal honey milk bath from Honey Treats & Comforts smells amazing. Also, I traded a jar of Apple Pie Spice Butter for simply espresso and vanilla salted caramel truffles from Missionary Chocolates. Another amazingly generous and kind crafter, Amy Hughes, helped my load my car after the show.
Next up is Santa’s Treasures Holiday Bazaar on November 23rd and 24th. Check out the Events & Shop page for more information. In the meantime, look for more yummy recipes from Aunt Becky.