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  • Stanley Modrzyk
    Jul 13 10:02 AM
      Dear Dave & Gloria,

      Sorry to hear! The last year has been tough in this economy. Last quarter I did 2 shows where I barely made table cost...did one and took a loss....and this before Christmas! This year I am only doing 1 show a month, picking and choosing the best money makers from past experience, and waiting for the economy to pick back up.  2012 WILL be better!!!!!

      Attendance at Festivals is down as well...people can't afford to travel with gas at $4/gal. Our own Pan Pagan Festival (which runs 8/3-8) is down by almost 50% on attendance.

      And yes, I know the "can't discriminate because of age" bs.  Corps would rather hire a 30 year old with no clue than to hire someone over 50 (over 65 in my case) with years of valuable experience. (Corporate Intelligence...another oxymoron.)

      All for now.  Be Well!

      Stan Modrzyk/aka Mystic Beauty

      --- On Wed, 7/6/11, Sparky <glo502002@...> wrote:

      From: Sparky <glo502002@...>
      Subject: [Crafty_Crafters_IL] Crafty Crafters
      To: Crafty_Crafters_IL@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Wednesday, July 6, 2011, 7:05 PM


      It's sad to say that Crafty Crafters Expo might be seeing its last days.

      I am unable to spend the time to look for new venues and lack the money

      to be able to book places. It was a dream of mine and David's to be

      able to keep it going and when we were at Countryside last year, we felt

      that maybe we would be able to make a go at it again. But Countryside

      had all these rules and regs about advertising. Our shows were lightly

      attended and I didn't want to see the vendors suffer. They are the best

      group of people I have come to know.

      Dave and I have both been unemployed from our full time jobs for years

      now and heading into retirement age, employers want young people and no

      one wants gray haired folks. They give us a song and dance when we know

      what the real truth is. We both have part time jobs but no benefits and

      that is hard. We keep trying. The economy has been slow to recover.

      We still see places that might be a good place for Crafty Crafters and I

      never give up on it. There are enough good vendors and crafters out

      there to make a good quality show and I won't do anything less and I

      want the vendors to do well.

      Anyway We're winding down with plans for the World of Faeries festival

      and last details to wind up. Looking forward to seeing old friends and

      new. Please join us for our 7th annual event a celebration of the Elven

      Star fairy festival. We have wonderful music lined up, great oak trees

      to sit under and great shopping in our artisan village. Some of the

      best handcrafted items, fairy and fantasy artists will be here local to

      Illinois and the surrounding states. Details, videos of last year,

      directions, list of merchants and more can be found on our website at



      We will stay in touch and we can network here. Please do. If you know

      of good shows, post them here. Feel free to do that. Crafty Crafters

      was always about networking and being a family. We need to have good

      places to make money and show our crafts. And there are alot of good

      shows out there. I thank all of you who have been part of our "family"

      for over 8 years, 9 years, 10 years ? I lose count. Many of you have

      joined us for the festival and many of you still stay in touch. I am

      blessed to know all of you.

      Blessings Glo

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