This coming weekend, October 13 & 14, I'm doing my very first craft fair here in St. Petersburg St. Louis. This is going to be a new experience for me. I have had a lot of "experiences" in my 46 years of life, but this will definitely be a new one for me.
I've had to get my two four-foot tables, try to configure my display so it is attractive to potential buyers at the fair, figure out and finalized my items to sell, ensure that I have enough inventory for the whole weekend. "What if I sell out?" – wouldn't that be a great problem to have ???
I've decided to create hand-lettered calligraphy Christmas ornaments, including white gift box and tissue paper with each order. Need something that is quick and easy – something I can do fast, but looks like a million dollars! Thanks to Julie who I work with at the office, she recommend personalized Christmas ornaments. Thank you Julie! Thanks to her, I believe she was onto something.
For many people, decorating their home and Christmas trees with ornaments is one of the most enjoyable ways to capture the magic and excitement of the holidays.
Although Christmas trees first appeared in America in the 1700s, the emergence of the modern Christmas tree actually dates back to 15th and 16th century Germany.
Evergreens were used first in church plays at Christmas and were hung with apples to symbolize a Paradise tree. Paradise trees later found their way into homes, where they were adorned with small white wafers, and later, small pastries cut into stars, angels, hearts and flowers.
During the next 200 years, this custom slowly spread throughout Germany and Europe. Decorated trees were brought to America by Hessians – German mercenaries – fighting in the Revolutionary War.
Christmas wasn't widely celebrated in the United States until the 1800s, however, because of the Puritans' influence. As a result, decorated trees did not become widely popular until people saw the ornaments brought to America by families emigrating from Germany and England in the 1840s.
Ornaments became a big hit. FW Woolworth, and his Woolworth Stores of five-and-dime fame had reluctantly stocked his stores with German-made ornaments in 1880. By 1890, he was selling $ 25 million worth of ornaments at nickel and dime prices.
The ornaments available at that time primarily were German hand-cast lead and hand-blown glass decorations. As time passed, the ornaments became more elaborate – and expensive. Silk and wool thread, chenille and tinsel embellished many of them. Stiff spun glass appeared as angel and butterfly wings; tinsel was used on fancy flower baskets, vases, air balloons and egg zeppelins.
Germany faced virtually no competition until 1925. Then Japan began producing ornaments in large quantities for export to this country. Czechoslovakia also entered the field with many fancy ornaments. By 1935, more then 250 million Christmas tree ornaments were being imported to the United States.
Not until 1939 and the outbreak of World War II did an American company significantly enter the ornament business. Using a machine designed to make light bulbs, Corning engineers produced more than 2,000 ornament balls a minute. And the mass production of Christmas ornaments was born!
So, after the craft fair, where they say nearly 5,000 screaming women with desires of "I want those" and "Aren't they cute?" phrases heard above the crowds, I will have to write a follow-up article. I'm sure all 5,000 people will be there. . . that is what the Arts & Crafts Fair flyer said when I signed up for my booth! And after Sunday afternoon, and selling all 144 of my personalized hand-lettered calligraphy Christmas ornaments, will I say, "Time to decorate the Christmas tree!"