One of the reasons I love doing craft shows is for the feedback. I get suggestions and can hear first-hand what people's favorites are and the ones they just "don't get". It is all valuable and I appreciate it all.
Craft show days are also filled with lots of people whizzing past saying generic things like "cute!" which is also great but can also easily be replaced with "I'm just going to say something nice and keep walking so you don't try to sell me something." Haha. Point taken.
At my most recent show, the INDIEana Handicraft Exchange, a man and his family stopped by my booth. The family was sorting through my cards and prints, giggling at a few, and I noticed the man standing back quietly, taking it all in and looking at each individual print on the board, one by one, with a smile on his face. Then he looked me straight in the eye and gave me one of the most genuine, heartfelt compliments ever.
"You should call Hallmark or something. You've got something here... you've really got something!"
Seriously guys, it almost made me tear up. It was less about the Hallmark idea (to which I responded, "I'd love to, do you have their number?") and more about the second part.
Not, "these are cute" or "funny stuff"...
"You've got something here".
My heart heard it as "You're ON to something...you're on the right track...keep going...you're almost there..." And it was exactly what I needed to hear.
So to that man who made my day/week/month... Thank you.