This was our first year at Christkindl in Canandaigua. I can say that this show BLEW US AWAY! We weren’t sure what to expect. We attended last year for the first time, as shoppers, and really loved the whole atmosphere of the show and really wanted to be a part of it in 2016. We applied in January, and got notice in June that we were accepted! We could not have been happier.
Because we are so local (Clifton Springs, 10 minutes away) – we were allowed to set up our displays (tent & tables) on Wednesday, which we did. This saved us a lot of time struggling to set up with the rest of the vendors on Thursday.
Even though we set up a couple days before the show officially started, the show was already so festive and decorated for Christmas!
One thing I love about this show, is that all the vendors must have hand crafted products. Yay for hand-made! We were also required to decorate our booths for Christmas.
It was so incredibly busy at this show, we had to do a large re-stock on both Saturday & Sunday mornings! At one point I ran out of jar candles and had to bring in my tins. Craziness – but in the best possible way!
The crowds! It was insane – and it was like this all 3 days. I thought maybe one day would be slow, but not at Christkindl! This show was hopping every single day, from beginning to end.
Our “un-paper towels” were a HUGE hit. I had made 70 of them just for this show – and left with 12 at the end of the show. If I had more prints, I could have sold a lot more. Towards the end of the show, the selection became slim pickings!
We had so much fun at this show, we were not ready for it to end! 3 days went by so fast! We had great vendor neighbors, and met the nicest people. The staff at Christkindl were also so incredibly nice to us vendors! I do not have a single complaint about this show. I cannot wait to apply again in January, and I hope they will accept us back in 2017! We’ll keep you posted!