Craft Show Wisdom: Life can be Full of Surprises!

8 Mar

Karboojeh Handmade Jewelry - Display stand at craft show/fair

I met wonderful people yesterday at the Souk Shighl Ead – Handmade Craft Show. And I learned a good lesson: Never generalize when it comes to purchasing power trends and attitudes. People can always surprise you!

This all goes back to the fact that life is a huge big mystery.

I don’t want to over-philosophize this. But, yesterday, I sold three rings that I didn’t think fit into the general fashion taste over here. I actually sold two very bohemian rings that were not at all bling-y, not sparkly, and totally not the kind of stuff I see people wearing.

Karboojeh Wood & Blue Boho Rings

So… What did I learn exactly? I learned to stop making judgements, expectations, and theories based on “perception.” What we perceive is not the Truth; it’s our way of making sense of the world around us – based on our hidden insecurities, prejudices, short-sightedness, and self-centered-ness. Perceptions make us who we are, that’s why we need to be very careful before taking them for granted. Perceptions help shape our destiny.

I learned being open to the experience was more rewarding than being in “control” mode. I actually went to the craft fair yesterday with a freer mind-set, less expectations than usual, less worries about what will happen.

I also sold another ring, which I didn’t even bother take a picture of before going to the bazaar, because I was so positive it will come back with me. Well, it didn’t! I was a bit surprised when a group of women actually started debating which ring looked better on their friend’s finger. The ring stash they were selecting from was on my not-their-kinda-taste list, until I experienced this!

Anyhow, I had a wonderful time. My table this time was a bit minimalist. I put on display a few handmade jewelry items, a few rings, a couple handmade jewelry trees, & a few hand-painted tableware ceramics – since I wasn’t in the mood at all for an elaborate display stand.

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2 Responses to “Craft Show Wisdom: Life can be Full of Surprises!”

  1. sarah@antidote_studio March 9, 2012 at 5:57 am #

    I’m so glad you shared this! Starting in May I will be a vendor at a new occasional shop for the first time ever and I’m sooooo nervous, wondering if my items are going to be the right flavor. After reading this, I think I’ll stick with feeling excited and letting the worry go… :-) PS – I am loving your jewelry!

    • Karboojeh Jewelry March 9, 2012 at 7:28 pm #

      Wow, thanks! And good luck with your May-onwards experience. Hope you enjoy it to the max :)
      I’m so thrilled you liked this post. I usually try to stop myself from writing such posts, since I fear they’re too heavy or something. It’s a relief reading your comment!!

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