So, what are the lessons that I learned?
1) Don't underestimate the time it takes to set up your table/booth. Since I kept my table display simple, I figured that I would only need 30 minutes (not the allotted 60) to get to my table and make it look pretty. I know, the more experienced of you are guffawing right about now. I managed to get everything laid out the way I wanted with two minutes to spare before the doors opened, but I was definitely sweating!
2) Do have bright and legible signage for the items that you're selling. I didn't do this and regret it. While the lack of signage encouraged buyers to ask me questions and chat, I think I lost some folks who strolled by and didn't want to engage. I also think that fun and cheery signage adds another creative element to one's table/booth.
3) Take lots of photographs of your table/booth before the craft fair begins. I was so rushed when the doors opened that I only took these two blah photographs which don't represent my table or the wonderful atmosphere of the fair. I tried to take some photographs during the fair, but it just never happened.
4) Finally, have a friend (thank you, Beth) and/or a sister (thank you, Esther) keep you company during the event. It's not easy having your creativity out there for people to look at and while they're not really judging you, it's hard not to feel personally on display yourself. I loved having Beth and Esther with me and it made the hours fly by.
Will I do this again? I'm not sure but I do know that the next Made By Hand craft fair is in mid-November so I've got some time to think about it.