Meet our Vendor: Green Grin
Who are you and what do you do?
I am Beth; my business is Green Grin. I make soft toys and handwarmers from upcycled wool and cashmere sweaters.
What’s the latest thing you’ve been working on?
I’ve been experimenting with garland ideas and am quite happy with the batch I will bringing to UCU. I’ve also been playing around with new finger puppet designs, and plan to have a good supply at the show. In addition, I have added hand embroidered words to the ever-popular Tooth-Fairy Helpers. And speaking of hand-embroidered words, I have a fun new Word Sprite I’ll be debuting at the show!
What do you love most about craft show vending?
It’s a perfect venue for floating new product ideas. I spend most of my time alone in my studio sewing. I come up with ideas for things to make all the time, but never really know for sure how the people will react to them until I can present at a craft show. Oftentimes the items I think are “the coolest thing EVER” don’t go over so well with the public, and the items I am kinda unsure about turn out to be hits! Vending at craft shows provides instant feedback and I love that.
What’s your favorite item that you sell?
I definitely enjoy the li’l WeeKinnies. They have an amazing amount of personality for being so small and simple. It’s fun coming up with different types of pockets, nests, and houses for them, and I spend way too long mixing and matching up WeeKinnies with their nests!
What do your customers love most about your product(s)?
While the perfectionist in me wishes that my embroidery stitches were perfect, I think that people are drawn to the wobbliness and asymmetry of my creations; shall we say, “the charming imperfections”?
What’s the best experience you’ve ever had with one of your customers?
I LOVE my “regulars”; folks who really connect with my work and come see me at every show. Their enthusiasm and appreciation fuel me!