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« on: February 08, 2007 09:44:53 AM »

I want to host a Spring Fling in my home showcasing my handmade purses and accessories.  I would also like to invite a few other designers to show their items also.  Any tips from marketing, organizing, setup.

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« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2007 09:51:33 AM »

Sorry to say I don't have any tips for you, but I'd love to know how it works out Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2007 10:29:34 AM »

I've done two of these, both in early December.  I wasn't the organizer, but could give a few hints.

Friday night had a poor turnout.  Maybe this was because of the holiday season and people having lots of Christmas functions to attend, but I still would not do a weekend night again.

Saturday afternoon was a better turnout.  I would schedule it like 11-4 or 5.  You want enough time that people can work it in around their schedules.  I would not recommend doing it around a holiday, except pre-Christmas (and maybe late Nov-early Dec).

Make up a flier with all the info, include the vendors and products offered.  Directions (if hard to find) or a phone number.  Maybe make even some tear off things on the bottom that people can take with them (basic info - date, time, address & phone) or make lots of the fliers and put "Please take one!" on them so people will take them with them.

For other vendors, try to invite as many as your home will fit, and a wide variety.  The other vendors shouldn't be only your own friends and family, you want people that know other people that you don't know so you will get more people to the Open House.

Offer refreshments, put out signs directing people to get to your house and put balloons out front.  Leave the front door open (if you have a storm door that is!) so people feel free to walk in, or put a sign on the front door saying "Please Come In!"

I'll post more if I think of anything.  The two open houses I did were both more profitable (per hour) than any of the craft fairs I have done.
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« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2007 04:08:16 PM »

Hmm, interesting..thanks brubendall
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« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2007 05:47:33 PM »

i'm going to bookmark this for future reference, considering i've never done either of these.

I've always pictured Open Houses with tons of flyers posted up, signs up as if it's a garage sale pointing in the direction to the house, any type of advertising really.

and i'm sorry i don't really have advice either.. but i'd like to know how it turns out as well!
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« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2007 02:29:46 PM »

I think this would be an interesting way to go about selling handmade items.  I heard of one lady who ran hers sort of like home parties where she would have a hostess who would invite people to shop. 

Also, I have seen these done with several vendors and each vendor sent out postcards to as many people as possible with the info.  That way you're expanding your base of people.

I would think an all day Saturday would work well. 
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« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2007 12:21:35 AM »

Thanks for the tips.  I guess I would run it similar to my home parties I have at peoples houses, except it would be at my house.  Using fliers and someone suggested using evite to invite people.

Anyway thanks again.  Wish me luck!
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