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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Catch your customers eye from afar? on: April 10, 2012 06:03:28 AM
I was reading this thread for advice:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=125214.0

And one of the many things I found useful, was to have small, shiny things on display to draw people in. Does anyone have particular products they use? Also, if this particular technique doesn't work, what DOES work for you?

I was thinking of getting some pins and badges printed because they definitely reel ME in!

Here are some tricks I've learned so far in my research:
- If things are quiet, have someone (a friend) walk around in front of your stall. You'll see that people are attracted to a stall that already has people in it.
- Don't sit down and look uninterested...no matter how bored you are!
- Shuffle your stock around during the day if you find that your product isn't moving. Maybe a refresh of your arrangement will do the trick.
- Keep your displays simple. You may feel tempted to over decorate, but your products can easily be lost in your "flair".
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / My first market stall - Advice and suggestions? :) on: February 24, 2012 07:33:04 AM
Stall/Sellers advice?
I know a lot of you must have experience selling your homemade wares. Do you have any advice for a newbie? I am hoping to have a stall at the Propel Youth Markets here in Perth (http://www.propel.org.au/projects/NYW2012) but I'm fretting about things like how much stuff do I make...and WHAT do I make..and do I have to bring a little money box to keep cash? Do you have to be concerned about people stealing your stuff?


Suggestions for products?
I am hoping to make some phone cases, and paint some small canvases. To get an idea of my style, you can check out my Cargo Collective: http://cargocollective.com/sarahstirling. Does anyone have any ideas on products I could whip up that don't take too much time? I don't have much time after work to make stuff and I only have about a month after they notify me about whether my application for a stall was successful or not.

My handphone cases:
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Recycled Hi-Vis Vests for Dogs on: January 22, 2012 07:18:37 AM
Here are my finished safety vests for my dogs. (You can get the basic idea of how I made them in the last photo)

We take them for walks at night and I can barely see them in the park when they're running around. These vests help me keep tabs on them! Also, there are walkways around the park where we may see the odd cyclist. The vests ensure that the cyclist can see my dog at night if they just happen to be in the cyclist's path.





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