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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: where the f did i go wrong?.....or...... why was my booth such a failure? on: January 22, 2014 06:22:58 PM
We hit the minuses here in pa last night too. I've lived in Michigan (2x)and Wisconsin. I know. about those minus double digits....

Cindi
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: where the f did i go wrong?.....or...... why was my booth such a failure? on: January 21, 2014 06:37:57 PM
I saw that show listed on pa vendors.  Thought about it. i think knoebels hosts a multi day event too and also the covered bridge festival you mentioned (which if i recall correctly is organized by the city or someone...not knoebles) there are always a ton of people at knoebles...and it is always so hot.  When I think of knoebles I think of HOT HOT HOT. It is less than two hours from me. My daughter lives abut half an hour from there. 

I did figure out how to work the links....duh. I was surprised that a lot of vendors do not have websites. 

Cindi....
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: where the f did i go wrong?.....or...... why was my booth such a failure? on: January 21, 2014 02:30:00 AM
I live in north central Pennsylvania. Williamsport.  I did shows in Iowa and Michigan 25 years ago.

Cindi....
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: where the f did i go wrong?.....or...... why was my booth such a failure? on: January 20, 2014 03:14:43 AM
Thanks for the info. I couldnt seem to find a link to any of the websites though.  Am i having a duh moment?  The variety of items was impressive!

Do you think etsy is any kind of a pricing guide....even though prices vary wildly?

The polymer clay figure you posted is lovely....but my style is more "cartoonish" for lack of a better word.  I also hand paint all the eyes. In all the pages and pages of polymer clay on etsy, I did not see anyone who drew eyes on their creations. People used to ask me if the eyes were stickers.

Cindi....
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: where the f did i go wrong?.....or...... why was my booth such a failure? on: January 18, 2014 05:44:07 AM
I am just getting ready to get back into craft shows after a hiatus of about 24 years.  It is intimidating but at the same time, there are so many more resources....includ ing the biggie...the Internet.  I remember studying a book by Barbara Brabec (?) for hints and tips....ordering my supplies from a paper catalogue with black and white drawings to explain what I was purchasing etc etc.  my first craft show was a total bust but after that I had varying degrees of success. Several very successful shows.

The main reason I stopped doing shows is that my husbands job moved us yearly or even more often so finding shows was difficult.  I also had three kids right in a row and between child rearing and unpacking/repacking, time was in such short supply.

Now those three kiddos are all grown...but the youngest is in college and that was what inspired me to get back into this. The college fund.  I work full time as an administrative assistant for our local health system. So this is not a full time endeavor.

Finding shows is much easier.  I've applied for several spring shows (schools....that have held the shows annually for quite a few years) and a couple summer shows.  Have a few leads on getting into some waiting list only christmas shows.

I have a couple questions for the folks who do a lot of craft shows....

How have shows changed in the past 20 years?

I hand sculpt and paint polymer clay whimsical figurines. I make some into jewelry but not beaded type jewelry so I am not a jewelry booth. Christmas ornaments, nic nac type stuff. When I did this 24 years ago I was a novelty because most people had never heard about sculpey or polymer clay.  Molds and extruders and the variety of clays and supplies did not exist then.  Are there many polymer clay vendors at the shows you sell at?

And pricing....how has inflation impacted craft show pricing.  For example....an item that I sold for $3 24 years ago should be priced at what these days?

Any advice/insight/observations would be helpful. 

Cindi....
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