Business Firsts: Online Market Night

Today is a big ol’ mess of emotions.

I’m excited and nervous and tired and rather hungry. All of these combined are making me seem loopy and spacey to anyone who’s not currently inhabiting my head.

Because tonight is a big night. Tonight I am partaking in an online market night on Facebook known as Market Night Spotlight. It’s a wonderful group run by an awesome lady whose fan club I’ve kind of tumbled into. I don’t even recall whose links I followed where, but I wound up in her Dojo. And because she’s awesome, she organizes and runs (with the help of a few other equally awesome people) a monthly themed market for artists and crafters.

This month’s theme is Halloween, so of course, I had to make something.

This is my first foray into this kind of market. And this one is, I think, a good place to start. There are lots of spots that are open to anyone who wants to make something, take a decent photograph of it, and submit it for approval. (I follow another monthly market that features the work of the three organizers and one hand-picked guest artist, too. I’ve thrown my name into the hat, but no dice so far.) And everyone who participates is full of wonderful, positive energy. Also, at the last few markets (that I know of, anyway,) every single item has sold before the weekend runs out.

So my odds are good that I’ll have my first online sale this weekend. Which explains why I’m excited.

Earlier today, I was nervous because the market has a very strict two-hour window to post items, and I’ve been at Where Faeries Live helping finish inventory all day. I dragged my laptop along for the ride, and have spent the day checking the time. (This is also why I’m tired.) But I got it posted! So now I’m nervous because…well…what if my piece doesn’t sell?

What if mine is the only piece that doesn’t sell this whole weekend?

What if I over-priced my piece?

What if my description actually sucks, and that’s why no one wants to buy? (Well, aside from one of the other crafters who, like me, is low on funds. So as much as I’d love to buy at least half a dozen of the things on offer, I just can’t.)

It’s gotten a lot of nice comments, so that means the pictures aren’t totally wretched. I think. I hope. See? This is why my brain can’t be trusted.

Seriously, though. It’s been about two hours since I posted it. I can’t keep thinking this stuff. But I will, because my brain can’t help it.

Ugh. This is awful.


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