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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Wanting to sell at a craft fair... but I do too much? on: August 16, 2012 06:45:09 AM
Ok... wondering what y'all's thoughts are.

I want to really get my business going, and to generate part-time job amount of income. I know of many craft fairs in the area, and there's actually one in October I'm planning on going to as well as one in November and one in December.

I've never done a craft fair before. I have sold items before, and I understand how to price them, all of that... problem? I make too much... :p

I mean, I can narrow down my field of interest to small items. But the items range from jewelry to coasters to hats to handspun yarns to stuffed animals to chain maille in general. And add in some photography, graphite drawings, and I have far too much to know what to do with.

Out of those, my primary focuses are jewelry (chain maille, beaded, and wire working), small item sewing (as in coasters, small rag quilts, purses and bags, that kind of thing), small item knitting (hats, handwarmers/mittens, cowls), and various pet accessories (dog collars and various horse items).

While everything is still within what I would consider "small items"... the range I have is still far too large, but I honestly don't think I'd be happy if I cut out the rest to just focus on one particular thing. My burnout gets really annoying... which is why my interests vary so much. I can make about 20 handwarmers in a week's time if I'm really going... and then I don't want to see another handwarmer for about a month, and so in that time I switch to jewelry making, and then to sewing, and so on.

So... any advice for me? Either on how to develop my inventory so that it doesn't seem so random, or how to market it once I do start selling? Or... I dunno... anything. :p
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