Craft shows and homemade candles (humor)

Monek Marie
Monek Marie Posts: 3,535 ✭✭✭✭✭

My mother and I used to do a lot of craft shows for extra income.

One year at a craft show near christmas I made candles that looked like fancy ice cream sundaes or sodas. They were really cute and a huge success at the show. I got all the old fashioned ice cream sundae glasses at an auction in a box lot. The candle material were old candles melted down and the wicks were also recycled.

After I melted the wax I whipped the wax to give it a frothy look and layered different colored layers for a festive look. The top wax was whipped white wax piled up like whipped cream and I rolled red wax in a round ball to look like a cherry and placed on top. I also had placed a straw in the candle beforehand so it was embedded in the candle.

The show was about half over and I had a few sundaes left. My mother left the table for a break. While she was gone a lady came by looked at the candles several times with a very strange look on her face. She picked it up and took a bite of it, then spit out the wax.

She said "That's not very good", Then gave me a dirty look and walked away.

When My mom came back I remarked, "You're not going to believe what just happened."

At shows at least one odd thing always happened.

Who has participated in craft shows?


  • Monek Marie
    Monek Marie Posts: 3,535 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Just to keep things in balance. We were at another craft show at a Holiday Inn, a very upscale show. We had a beautiful set up and I had candles lite on the table for atmosphere and an inviting look. I needed a break to stretch my legs and left for a bit.

    When I came back my mother had a very strange look on her face. There were people at the table so I sat down. As I looked around the table I saw one candle was out. I looked for matches and did not see any. When the table cleared of people I looked at my mom and she is trying not to laugh.

    "What happened?" I asked.

    "Move the one doilie," she replied

    Under the doilie was a large burned hole in the table cloth. "I knocked a candle over reaching for something and we had a small fire."

    "So, what you're telling me is you tried to burn the Holiday Inn down. Next time bring a puzzle book if you get bored." We both had a good laugh.

    Later I got to know the lady who planned events at the Holiday Inn. I told her the story and her mouth just dropped open.

  • RustBeltCowgirl
    RustBeltCowgirl Posts: 1,403 ✭✭✭✭✭

    It really would be fun to hang out with you and your mom.

  • Monek Marie
    Monek Marie Posts: 3,535 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @RustBeltCowgirl Thta would be fun. (my motto : Always carry bail money)

  • LaurieLovesLearning
    LaurieLovesLearning Posts: 7,375 admin

    Great stories. That first've got to wonder sometimes about people.

    I enjoyed selling at craft shows. I sold flavored honey when my daughter was about 3. She was so photogenic and always attracted people like crazy wherever we went, it seemed (thus why we enrolled the petite girl in Judo later). She would sell too. She echoed my sales talk. She was very cute and this just added to her charm.

    I enjoyed swapping with other vendors at the sales. That was my favorite part!

    Sadly, I could no longer sell these honeys at sales if I wanted to, due to needing an inspected kitchen. Also, the cost of buying the raw honey first makes it unfeasible.

    I have toyed with doing medicinal honey sales one day, but we will see if it ever comes about. We would also need our own bees to make it cost effective.

  • Annie Kate
    Annie Kate Posts: 680 ✭✭✭✭

    Oh, that is too bad about the inspected kitchen, @LaurieLovesLearning ! Regulations are necessary, but they also hurt so many tiny-business people.

  • shllnzl
    shllnzl Posts: 1,816 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Denise Grant I had a coworker warn me about another coworker: If you invite him to a party, watch out -- I caught him eating my potpourri -- he thought it was a bad tasting snack mix.