I'm not sure if I want answers or just sympathy, so bear with me, craftsters!
I went to my first craft fair last weekend, selling my handmade purses and handbags. I have sold probably 12 or 13 bags to acquaintances so I figured they must be half-way decent, right? Anyway, I paid $50 for my space at the craft fair. I made about 50 purses, some of them I used fabric I got for free, but some I bought fabric or at least handles. And of course I had to buy interfacing, thread, etc. I have no idea what it cost me.
The first thing I saw when I got there was that two booths away from mine, there was a couple selling mass-made tote bags for $6. sigh. then my hubby walked around the whole fair and found two tables selling designer knockoffs. gah. nothing handmade, just mass-made crap.
The fair started at 9 and I didn't sell a thing until 11. I sold two knitting needle cases to one lady. which was great, of course. then I sold a nice tote bag to a very cool gal for $35. An elderly lady walked up to my booth, saw my faux fur handbag and said "I HAVE to have that!" hee. it was $20 and then i sold another handbag for $20, so I made $110. Subtract the cost of the booth, that's only $60. sigh.
I had a nice table, I thought, and lots of people stopped and looked at the purses. No one said they were too expensive or anything. Any ideas on what I did wrong? I'm quite disappointed. My husband thinks I shouldn't give up, that even selling five things was great. I'd appreciate your advice. Thanks!