Jackalope Artisan Fair Pasadena, CA

A couple weekends ago, CO Creative Cartel participated in our first Jackalope Fair in Pasadena. Pasadena is one of my favorite cities here in LA – great food spots, friendly people, and tons of things to do/see!

If you haven’t heard of Jackalope Fair it’s a 2 day event that is hosted at Central Park in Pasadena. Independent artisans come together and sell tons of neat stuff! Everything from jewelry, clothing, stationery, toiletries…the list goes on and on! I love shopping at these events because I get to support the small business community as I hope others will do for me.

It was a bright and sunny weekend (aka hot) but it was quite the experience! It was my first time showcasing alone and let’s just say that there was a learning curve to setting up my booth solo dolo. After day 1 was complete, I stayed for a little while to fix all the problems from set up and day 2 went much more smoothly. 

So how did we do? Well let me just say, as an artisan you can’t really base events on your sales entirely. There are different factors as to why people don’t buy. If I did the event 1 or 2 more times and still nothing really came from it then I probably wouldn’t sell there again. But like I said, these events aren’t really a 1 and done type of deal. Sometimes you need to feel out the crowd that the event attracts. In this case, the event organizers were great and worked hard at promoting the event, they had volunteers that were very helpful (offered to watch my booth if I needed food, a bathroom break, etc.), and the foot traffic was good. If I just based the event on those factors then it would look like the event would be an all around success.

But bottom line, would I do Jackalope Fair again? Probably. To be honest, the show was a bit slow in sales but high in exposure. I just barely made enough to cover the cost of the booth. But my goal for these events are to gain local exposure, so I chalk it up to advertising dollars. If my goals were different and my focus was only on sales then I probably wouldn’t do the event again because I didn’t make much.

Those of you that do events like this, which are your favorites? I’d love to go support and check out other ones!


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Unique LA Holiday 2017 Recap – Stuff we Make

What a whirlwind last weekend was! Unique LA Holiday Show 2017 is 1 week behind us and I’m just barely recovering. It was so much fun! It’s always good to see old friends and booth neighbors, but the best part is seeing customers in person.



Our best seller this year was our Jesus Birthday Christmas card both in single card and boxed sets.


Thank you to the Unique LA team, the fellow vendors, and the awesome customers that chose to shop small this holiday season! Your support is appreciated, as always!



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The Cream Event Los Angeles

I am THE WORST at putting myself out there. I’m always scared of what I should say, I don’t want to come off too pushy, and I’m scared of being me because I’m worried they won’t like me. But I told myself that all that self-doubt ends this year. So, Charlie and I went to the Cream Event at the Vibiana on Sunday. I didn’t really know what to expect but WOW, we had a great time!

We arrived in DTLA right at 6 but the line was out the door and down the street so we decided to stop by Little Tokyo and grab a snack and a drink.

It was my first time at Vibiana, I’ve seen gorgeous photos but had never actually been there before. It’s a gorgeous venue. When you walk into the grounds you can see a view of the outdoor space and you’re immediately taken to the indoor area of the venue.




I ran into my friend Amber at Pitbulls and Posies, she had a gorgeous display up!



While we were inside, we got to see some beautiful spaces from Urbanic, Urban Palete, and Minted and Vintage.



Minted and Vintage had the cutest display. Gorgeous cake stands and plates available for rent.






The food we tasted from Urban Palate was to die for! Really yummy 🙂


We also ran into Charm City Cakes West and got to taste one of their confections, their cake is really tasty and moist! This cake was drop dead gorgeous.


What a great event! Lots of eye candy, lots of people, and lots of good times. 🙂 What would’ve been icing on the cake would be Charlie entering into the dance contest, but I guess we’ll have to save that for next year 😛





PSA: Sorry for the super low quality photo! It was our only photo together from the entire evening!






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