I am having a lovely Saturday today. I know I mentioned a craft fair a couple times, but today was the day! It wasn’t a major thing, but something I’ve always been intrigued to participate in. So today I finally did!
The super “quick” background on why: I had a FANTASTIC idea that I wanted to start a candle company. (and by “company”, I mean probably an etsy shop 😉 ) But not just any old candle company, I wanted to make essential oil candles that aim to HELP people with some kind of “issue.” I’ve been working on my essential oil blends for awhile now, and getting ready to test the candles. So when my sister (who works for the city of Davis, whose senior center hosted the fair) told me about this craft fair, I thought it would be a fantastic way to get some candles made, see what works well, sells well, figure out price points and all that.
What I learned through the process (one of many things) is this: this is NOT a viable business plan.
Long story short: in order to have candles that (1) actually smell great; and (2) are made out of quality ingredients…. well, I would have to charge about three times as much for a tiny candle as I would ever dream of paying. Compromising on the quality of ingredients is just not an option for me. But neither is charging an arm and a leg. So…. it’s a non-starter.
So I had to make some compromises for the craft fair candles, made a fun product that wasn’t quite what I envisioned, and accepted that profit wasn’t really my main goal 😉
If you look at the fair as a financial enterprise, it was definitely a flop. If you look at it as a hobby where covering my costs would be cool and making a tiny profit would be cooler, it was a soaring success.
I sold most of my candles, a handful of other goodies (I threw bath bombs and bath salts on the list as well), and walked away with a little profit and a few leftover goods for myself and gifts.
BUT the other super exciting part of this venture…. now that I don’t feel like I’m working on some future financial endeavor, I am going to share ALL my secrets with you. I’ve got piles of essential oil blends for every ailment, bath bomb tips, bath salt recipes to ease your pains, and candle making insights that are fantastic for holiday gifts or personal use (despite their lack of scalability.)
So I just wanted to drop in and say HI, show you the couple pictures I managed to snag, and tomorrow we’ll be back with….. my PMS RELIEF essential oil blend. Hahaha, YUP. (And it seriously works, I have tested it for REAL.)
Happy Saturday, friends!!!