Selling Paper Crane Earrings at a St. Pete Craft Fair

Last Saturday, my friends and I took part in a craft fair near downtown St. Pete. We’ve been crafting together for about a year now as part of our “Seamed Like a Good Idea” craft club. We meet the third Saturday of every month at a different member’s house and craft while eating delicious treats. We often joke that craft club is more about the food than the crafts. …

Since we’d been crafting for so long, we decided to try and sell what we’ve been making. So, bundled up in blankets in the “cold” Florida weather, we got together and attempted to sell handmade Christmas ornaments, cat toys, dog collars, wine charms, magnets, necklaces and scarves, which were a hot commodity on such a cold day. The “Handmade Holiday Bazaar,” as it was called, was a day-long event that attracted a steady stream of people, though not nearly as many as it probably would have if the weather had cooperated.

I sold paper crane earrings, which unfortunately weren’t very popular. I marked the price down from $8 to $4 halfway through the day in hopes of selling at least one pair. I wanted to see people get excited about my craft much more than I wanted the money. Turns out, two elderly women liked the earrings enough to each buy a pair!

By the day’s end I came away with $8 — and a lot of Christmas presents for my earring-wearing friends. If you’d like a pair, let me know.

Published by Mallary Tenore Tarpley

Mallary is a mom of two young kiddos -- Madelyn and Tucker. Mallary absolutely loves being a mom and often writes about the need to find harmony when juggling motherhood and work. Mallary is the Assistant Director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin, where she manages the Center's various programs related to distance learning, freedom of expression, and digital journalism. Previously, she was Executive Director of Images & Voices of Hope and Managing Editor of The Poynter Institute’s media news site, Mallary grew up outside of Boston and graduated from Providence College in Rhode Island. In 2015, she received a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University. She now lives in beautiful Austin, Texas, with her kids, husband Troy and cat Clara. She's working on a memoir, slowly but surely. You can reach her at

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