"We are going to focus on LIFE for Katya. I believe, one day, she will amaze the world."

Dr. Ben Carson on Katya Dueck

Saturday, December 4, 2010


We sold precisely ONE item today. A $7.00 scarf.

The lady was kind enough to tell me to keep the change from the $10.00 she gave me. I'm grateful for that.

I don't think craft fairs are going to work to raise money for Katya's adoption--and even Charity's yummy, attractive baked goods didn't sell.

Right now . . . all I feel like doing is curling up in bed for a few days . . .  I probably won't allow myself the luxury though. Katya is waiting . . . and somehow . . . we have got to raise the money to get her home.

I'm glad God knows how that is going to happen, because I sure don't.

Wanna keep praying for us??


Sylvia MiaSara Truewell said...

Aw, Hope Anne. What a bummer. I'm sorry.
I wouldn't give up on craft fairs entirely. I've been crafting and selling for years and some days are just losers -- I've had those days; I think every crafter has had those days. I'd try at least 2 or 3 more before you give up.
They key is finding events with lots of foot traffic. And during the holiday season, people do tend to buy a *LOT* more, so this is the perfect time.
I'd go onto a site like CraftLister.com. Crafters often share their experiences for a particular fair. Look for an upcoming event in your area that's had lots of positive reviews for past years.

Also, I'd try to come up with ideas for a few really unique and/or niche items. Things that people can't find anywhere else. They tend to do best. When I lived up north, my niche was pets (handmade dresses and shirts for dogs, handmade collars, etc.); I'd often share a table with another girl who made beautiful pet pottery (just gorgeous -- it's at www.piggyspetpottery.com).

Also, print out business cards with your email address, phone etsy shop address, etc. -- I get tons of orders after the fact; people who saw an item and wished they had purchased it.

Also, photograph your crafts and compile them into a catalogue that people can peruse. Even include different fabric swatches, in case someone wants a particular item in a different fabric. Lots of choices and customization is key!

That's another way to cut down on costs -- share a table!
There's lots of potential; I wouldn't give up yet. ;-)

Hevel said...


Now, take photos, list on etsy, give us permission to post the buttons leading to your shop, and yes, take a day or two to regroup, to just spend with your family and G-d, and...

Julia said...

Why don't you take pictures and post the items and prices on your blog?? I'd like to see what you have....

Milena said...

I'm so sorry. What a disappointment!

Megan said...

I can feel your pain. I spent 8 hours at a showing yeaterday and sold two items ($16). I have faith that the money will come even if it is one dollar at a time. But believe me it is discouraging even having faith. I wish you the best of luck with your fundraising for Katya. I am raising funds to hopefully adopt Sophia C.

Sylvia MiaSara Truewell said...

Hope Anne:

Another thought...
Why don't you hold a raffle for an iPad, a new iPod touch, whatever the "it" toy is for this season, or some other in demand item?

Certainly, if you don't get enough entries to cover the cost of the item, you could just refund raffle ticket fees and return the item to the store. So at the end of the day, there's really no risk. Only an opportunity to gather donations.

I've seen fellow adoption bloggers raise thousands of dollars using this method. It's worth a try, right?

Just thought I'd throw it out there. ;-)