There were tons of great vendors at the show, the most delicious hot dogs ever, and lots of people shopping. I have to admit, though, there weren't a ton of people shopping at my booth. I'm not really sure that a lot of the shoppers knew exactly what to make of my space full of doll faces. I heard the word "creepy" so many times and there were lots of odd expressions and hushed whispers. I fully realize my stuff isn't for everyone and I'm okay with that, but I did have a few moments where I felt a little disappointed or insulted. I'm sure the lack of sleep made me extra sensitive. I shook it off really quickly, though, and the people who weren't creeped out seemed to really love my work. There was one terribly sweet young lady who said my booth was her very favorite and this awesome guy who, after really taking in my whole booth, described my doll faces as "fucking bad ass". He apologized for his choice of words and said he was having trouble thinking of the right thing to say, because my stuff was so great. I loved that guy!
I nearly left out the best part of the show! I got to meet some IG friends and fellow vendors, make a few new ones, and briefly catch up with and hug one of my very favorite friends in the whole world. Those things would have made the long drive worth it, even if I hadn't sold a single item! I got my acceptance email to Handmade Arcade on the way to Florida, so the making madness will be starting all over again soon. For now, though, I'm glad to be finished with this great show and able to relax and catch my breath for this week!