I have just spent a lovely weekend at the Harvest Sun Music Festival...it's a very relaxed venue, with a small vendors market...I have had a table there for the past 5 years or so. This year, my combined sales from the 2 days did not even match my usual one day total. Why? My stuff is not worse. I have, if anything, even MORE variety.
I know that my table looks a bit chaotic - there are hats, and mittens, and skeins of handspun yarn, and dyed roving, and finger puppets, and tiny bookmarks, and those knitted covers for cast iron pan handles...and dryer balls, and soap made from all local, natural ingredients. And needle felted little creatures, and scarves...you get the idea. Everything is natural fibres; no acrylic can be found on my table. I dye it all myself, and spin the yarn, and knit the items...and I think I"m tired of it... I feel like I need to move toward online selling...so I plan, in the near future, to take photos of all my things, and have them available for purchase from here... and I find myself to be a bit sad, because change is always hard...but lugging my stuff around, and setting up my table, and taking it all down, is also hard. So if anyone has any advice about this, I'm open to suggestions!
I even have soap now! I use local lard that I render myself, and sheep tallow from our sheep, with natural colours and scents. This is NOT smelly soap; it's very plain, but it works so well! It's super gentle on skin. My son, with his sensitive skin, will use nothing else. I even made some felted soaps for this. They created a lot of interest, but generated no sales.
But I have a new project to work on! I was given some of the saponin that comes off quinoa when you clean it...it makes lots of bubbles when wet, so the theory is that I can add it to my non-lathering soap to get lather...I can hardly wait to see if it works!