I did it! I applied for the big craft fair in a city and got a decent spot considering how late I am getting in. Obviously all of the end booths were taken, but there was one spot that apparently everyone assumed would be taken and hadn't asked about. WOOHOO! I am hoping that that spot works to my advantage.
Anyhow, I am feeling VERY nervous about how much stock I need to have. I have an 8x10 booth, traffic will be approx 10,000 people over 2 days.
Items I will be selling
I will have approx 450 total magnets ($1-$2.50 for individuals - $4-5 per set)
-50 sets of marble magnets
-14 sets of bottle cap magnets
-15 individual ones of the ones that I am sure will go well
-50 vintage milk bottle magnets
Journals with altered art covers
-I can't decide exactly how many of these to do, as journals are new territory for me. I will be selling these for between $6.50 and $12 each. I have 3 styles. I was thinking of doing 5 of each style.
-They were a hit and miss sell last year, but they are a good stocking stuffer. I have some left over, so I think I will make a couple dozen more sets of these. I was thinking of making some hair twisties as well. I am going to aim for 4 dozen pairs. These sold for $2 per pair, or 3 pairs for $5
-ARGH!! Here is where I start ripping my hair out. My bags sell for between $15 and $40 each. Last year I sold about 15 bags (I did REALLY well with my magnets LOL) which didn't shock me considering most people were shopping for low priced items (and there were less than 2000people over 2 days. I would say closer to 1000). I just don't know how many bags to stock. That is my only problem here.
-ok, so how the hell many of these should I carry? They are a new product, and I KNOW that people like them, but I don't know that people with BUY them YKWIM? I am also stuck on price. My mom and another crafting friend think that I should ask $35 for these, but I think that is a little steep. I do NOT use batting in these, therefore they are NOT quilted stockings like people have traditionally used before. I personally just don't dig that style. They are a very decent size (20ish" long). I will have a small selection of stockings with more traditional patterns, but in general, I will be moving away from that. Some will have hand made appliques, most will have trim of some sort. (I should point out that I LURVE the black and white stocking, but the other one is the one that Leif chose all of the colors and the pattern, so judge more by Mikes stocking purty please
I love funky, but while I love the colors, I would have used a different trim and different star fabric)
I am also going to have a discount section. Items from last year that I still have in stock, but won't be carrying anymore. The one item that comes to mind right now is record bowls. I **MIGHT** do reindeer candy canes again (.25 each) cause they are quick, easy and draw kids attention to my booth
HELP ME!!! LOL
Does this sounds like sufficient stock? How many stockings and journals would YOU take? How much would you charge (in US$, I can convert after) for the stockings? Any other ideas for items under $5? $10? That go with the scallywag mix of things I will already be carrying? Is this TOO much of a scallywag mix of items??