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« Reply #50 on: January 23, 2009 12:34:25 PM »

I read somewhere that one jewelry designer/ crafter puts out a "treasure chest" or orphan beads and/or interesting marbles and polished rocks for the kids . . . the kids will spend their time happily sorting through them looking for the "perfect" one, leaving your beautiful wares unmolested (hopefully) and their parents free to shop.  I am definitely planning on doing this when I start doing fairs this spring!
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« Reply #51 on: May 31, 2009 02:26:04 PM »

I am getting ready for my first show/expo and I had a question.

How many of you take checks? Is there any way to be sure it won't bounce or is that a chance I take? What about just being a cash only booth? Pros/cons? Any help on this subject would be appreciated. Smiley
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« Reply #52 on: June 13, 2010 04:38:24 PM »

one thing i didnt see on here is if youre doing outdoor shows, you MUST be wind-proof!  i have just some big clean rocks to hold down paperwork (buisness cards, flyers ect), clothes pins for tablecloth weights (the clips dont fit on my tables), and tent weights.
then when that inevitable sudden burst of wind comes, you can stand confidently while everyone else is running after flying papers!

I saw earlier someone was talking about a shiny platter of pins to attract customers, i have a great antique table mirror so people can try on the barrettes i sell (really it just 'creates movement' when people walk by and that gets their attention.

I also love clothespins for a variety of things, i already said tablecloth weights, but theyre great for displaying stuff hanging off your tent or highlighting a certain part of a purse or something.

and extras of everything you use often in your items, glue, needle and thread ect as well as extra barrette backs and floral tape for example.  you never know what will need fixing

also, if you have a website its great to have a permanent tag in all your items with the url.  eg, you make shirts, someone is wearing it after they bought it but they took the hang tag off!!  someone compliments them on it and they say 'i got it at a great craft fair from this wonderful vendor.  i dont remember her name but she had the cutest purple shoes on'  no sale...but if they have a tag they can pass on your information and - potential sale!

hope this all helps
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« Reply #53 on: June 27, 2010 12:52:02 PM »

My mum does enameled jewelry, and I grew up on the sidewalks behind her booths.  When I was prepping for my own first show (soap) this month, I asked for her words of wisdom.  The best: "Don't wear overalls!  They're really hard to keep off the floor in Port-a-Johns."
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« Reply #54 on: February 10, 2011 12:08:07 PM »

Something that took me a long time to learn: Stop crafting by 6pm the day before a show, and pack your car the night before you leave. It reduces stress the day of the show.
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« Reply #55 on: March 30, 2011 03:27:55 PM »

I'm so glad I read some of these pages before going to my first craft fair! There are things I didn't think of xD My fair is in the middle of April so I still have time to prepare
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« Reply #56 on: August 01, 2011 05:42:10 PM »

There is so much to remember and I usually forget a few things.
I will follow your advice and pack everything and make LISTS!!
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« Reply #57 on: August 09, 2011 03:46:38 PM »

I was wondering what usually sells best? I'm thinking about entering a craft fair and was wondering if there is anything I should leave at home  Smiley I make stuffed monsters and clay figures, is there anything that works really well? And anything that really doesn't? Thanks!
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« Reply #58 on: August 14, 2011 08:17:46 AM »

I always try to have a selection of lower priced (less than $10) impulse Items I make jewelry so I have a stash of resin pendants and glass and base metal earrings that are all less than $10 I seem to make most of my money with these than my more expensive pieces
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« Reply #59 on: September 29, 2011 03:29:10 AM »

Ohhhh! Thank goodness for this thread. I'm kinda new here and I'm doing my first show later in October, and now I am a little less worried about it. I've only been to one and never sold at any before. pinkninky's list is great! Thanks for posting it. I'm going to make sure I have EVERYTHING on it!! Thanks guys

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