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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: How to know which shows are best? on: December 30, 2012 12:58:11 PM
Hi Chris,

Thank you for your reply and guidance! I would love to see your work I see you are closed I will check in a few days.

The show that I did was at a church. I figured out quickly that the event was not in support of the vendors but a way to bring money in for them. The space was uncomfortable, badly lit, Announcer/DJ blaring loud and you nailed it toooo many Jewelry vendors. There were 20 of us in all and probably 70% had jewelry. Most were sitting and looked bored, but then the announcer kept screwing up our names and products and kept pushing the bar. Basically the "shoppers" got tipsy and sampled all the free samples (a baker had cookies and coffee). By the end everyone was dropping their prices by as much as 70% or buy one get on free and the vendors were trying to solicit each other! I was stunned, exhausted but not discouraged!

I make handmade gifts for babies and crocheted items. I was given a 6' table which I wrapped in beautiful silver paper. I had long rectangular canvases which I sponged in silver paint and draped my hand stitched felt mobiles over them. It wasn't the best but pretty good, I would do something similar again.

I used part of my table for hand quilled snowflakes.

I did not sit while I was there and smiled and said hello to everyone who passed by. I had many nice conversations and got lots of compliments. Although I do admit when two ladies stopped in front of my table and rested their drinks to chat, I took a break and sat for a minute (I needed a break).

I started packing up early and the announcer let everyone know it was their last chance to make a purchase from me, when I looked up the other vendors had also started to pack up. I thanked all of the people running the show and left.

I will admit that my display was not breath taking and if I had more time to plan it would have been much different (the opportunity to do the show was last minute).

I have been to many craft fairs and love the shops in the New England artist shops. Sadly I live in the NYC area and there isn't a lot of craftsy stuff going on here. One our goals in the next year or so is to make a move to New England in part for my future in the arts.

I am using this time for research and development. I will explore more shows and try again soon when I am able.

Thank you for sending me the links I will bookmark them and take your advice to prepare and learn from what others are doing.

Happy New Year!
ElleJay
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / How to know which shows are best? on: December 28, 2012 01:17:10 PM
Hi,

I hope that I am posting this in the right place.

I am new to craftster.org and also new to the business side of the craft world. I have been creating for as long as I can remember and have have sold some of my work over the years.

Being a new stay at home mom I am able to pursue my dream and jump in to the business of craft!

I recently did a gift show which was a flop for myself and just about all of the vendors there. I paid $50 for my table and did not even make that much back!  Cry

I know that there are no guarantees on making money at a show, however I was wondering if there is a way to know which shows are a better risk than others?

Thank you for any advice! I am really happy that I found your site.

xoxo
ElleJay
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