Thank you SO much to those of you who came out to support our Handmade Holiday Pop-up Shop! I think it was officially a success, and perhaps more importantly, it was enjoyable. (At least, I enjoyed myself. Ha.) I’m always so humbled by friends and strangers who see fit to support my endeavors, so a hearty thank you to those who came, shopped, advertised, etc.
The numbers are still trickling in, but we unofficially raised over $200 for hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. Hooray! I’m tempted sometimes, as perhaps we all are, to minimize the impact I can have on the enormous needs we see around us. And sometimes this causes me to not engage at all. Which benefits approximately … no one. So, while $200 may seem like a drop in the bucket, it is a drop nonetheless, and one that came about through a community of people supporting some small business owners. I’m proud of that.
I’ve been asked a number of times if we will do this shop again – whether as a holiday sale or another time during the year. I’ll be honest, I need a solid week to unwind from things like this, so I can’t answer that right now. While the actual work of the shop wasn’t too terribly much (though more than I anticipated), I’m always struck by the emotional energy things like this demand of me.
I find these types of things to be pretty vulnerable, which is tiring. It is hard for me to determine the worth of this endeavor and the process of creating things when money is involved. I have no problem (and don’t think twice!) about spending time sewing or creating or writing if that is how I want to spend my time. Or, even more so, if I’m making something to give to someone else. But once I attach (or attempt to attach) a monetary value to my time or creations, I question the “worth.”
I have asked myself and have been asked by others after many different sales that I’ve participated in: Was it worth it?
That’s so hard for me to answer! Is there a certain income amount that would make it worth it for me? If so, how much? Does simply enjoying time with friends make it worth it? What about the act of bringing people together and supporting other artists – is that, in and of itself, worth it?
I’m going to decide that it was.
I had fun. I made some money. I brought together some other makers and artists, all while drinking a little wine. Worth it indeed.