A friend told me the other day she never knew what to do when she wasn’t buying at a craft show or fair. She wanted to look but felt guilty taking up the vendor’s time and space when she wasn’t going to buy anything. I can only speak about myself so here is what I told her.
- Don’t be afraid to smile, make eye contact, say Hello and walk on by if you are not in the least interested in what is displayed. But I don’t like to be invisible. At least acknowledge my presence.
- If you love pottery or beads or fudge, don’t be afraid to examine the goodies on display. As an artisan, I love feedback on my work. Yes, a sale is nice and yes, I am there to sell, but your admiration will do wonders for my ego. As my son, the musician tells me, he plays so his music can be heard. So maybe I create so my work will be seen.
- If you see something you don’t quite understand (like what is that and how does it work), don’t be afraid to ask. It makes for a long day when you are standing and watching the crowd go by. So don’t be afraid, we are there to answer questions.
- Oh, if I seem to be watching you, it is only because I am curious to see what attracts people. What is it that catches their eye? I try not to be obvious but sometimes I do catch myself staring–sorry.