Wow. Last Saturday was basically the culmination of the past 2 months for me. If you haven’t heard, last Saturday was the Innovation Expo where I sold and promoted my artworks and merchandise such as shirts, hoodies, stickers, etc. In my previous post, I mentioned all the pieces that I would be selling, and went with final prices of ¥70 for shirts, ¥140 for hoodies, ¥40 for mugs, and ¥2 for stickers and ¥10 for 6-sticker set. Generally, I was met with extremely well reviews, with friends and family coming over to support. Another major portion of visitors were stranger who very much liked my artwork and designs. Hold on, let me just type up a general story of what happened on Saturday…
At 7:30, I was woken up by my mother who was shouting at me because we were going to be late if I wasn’t ready in 10 minutes. I had overslept… again. I groggily put on all my clothes (which just so happened to be my own merchandise), packed my bag and ran out of my room to the car. My mother had already packed a duffel bag just in case I needed to bring stuff back, and thank God she did. Anyways, most of my merchandise was already at the expo as I had left in the library over the week. When I finally got to the school campus, I ran towards the dome. Honestly, I expected a warm greeting with cheers and such, but alas, I was met with a grouchy security guard who wouldn’t let me in because she thought I was just a student participate that was too early. After a couple tries in broken Chinese, I managed to get in the dome and begin my preparations. Mrs. Lemley was extremely helpful in the beginning.
I had already set-up a WeChat store and needed to print out the QR codes to link to the store and also another code to personally pay me if customers didn’t have cash. I also printed out some of my one-panel artworks created over the semester, and also this comic:
After pinning them to my wall, my mother had the bright idea to also hang up my six articles of clothing onto the boards to display and advertise. After that, my booth started to look a lot more lively. I was also offered the prospect of a monitor so I took it. I hooked it up with my computer and played screen recordings of my drawing process. Soon, people started trickling in, and my day started.
I had friends come over after they had swim practice and help me out run my station, but they were only there for like an hour or two. Most of them also bought at least one thing which really supported my cause. By the way, the profits of the sale go towards helping people with leprosy in Yunnan get medical needs.
Right now, I’ve got a couple pre-orders and already made some profit. These two weeks are basically me wrapping up this semester and starting to think out what I need to do for next semester.