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« on: October 12, 2007 06:57:04 PM »

I'm doing a craft fair in december and a pretty large part of it is going to be handmade soaps.  I can't for the life of me figure out a way to display them appealingly...also, I'm not sure at all what to charge for my soaps...I was thinking $3 for a normal sized bar...but does this seem like too much?
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« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2007 02:49:47 PM »

I hope this gets a good response, because I've been wondering, too! Smiley It seems like a lot of soap in baskets, even if your surface has some levels (under the fabric, boxes, etc.) wouldn't be that eye-catching! Creative ideas, anyone?
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« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2007 07:01:12 PM »

I hope this gets a good response, because I've been wondering, too! Smiley It seems like a lot of soap in baskets, even if your surface has some levels (under the fabric, boxes, etc.) wouldn't be that eye-catching! Creative ideas, anyone?

Exactly my thinking!  Maybe I should make a few more eye catching items to draw people in, then hope they notice my soaps?  hmmmm I need ideas people!!
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« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2007 04:04:46 PM »

My husband ended up building shelving for me as my display that I ordered never shipped (PS, NEVER EVER EVER order ANYTHING from avdm.com)... It was 3 shelves, with bushel baskets (12 of them)... I'll post pictures later when I can actually feel my hands (I was leaf blowing for an hour, and my hands are still vibrating)...

Crates, baskets, stuff like that is really neat... I started off on displays2go.com in their wood retail displays... and went from there.. Hope it helps.

As far as pricing, this helped me a ton..
http://www.teachsoap.com/pricing.html or http://www.teachsoap.com/cpcosting.html

Hope that helps a bit Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2007 08:07:52 PM »

an idea that might work to help make it *appealling* is have a bar or too in a basin of water that you can refill and pour to rinse their hands off and try the soaps (i.e. a large basin that can hold water, you pour a little in their hands, let them lather up, and then rinse off, and then when the basin fills up a little ways, or gets mucky, pour it out)

i know i like to try things, and when people offer it, i am more apt to buy

as for displays, i would stack and use ribbon/flowers/ornametation to help draw the eye in....when things are attractive they *attract* (sorry, that was a little motivational speechy...)
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« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2007 03:34:58 PM »

Thanks for all the tips you guys!  I'm just so nervous about how this show is going to go over Embarrassed And I want everything to look as professional as possible especially since I'll probably be one of the youngest people there (I'm 20) and I want people to take me and my hard work seriously
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« Reply #6 on: October 16, 2007 04:02:21 PM »

If you have labels on your products, a table covering of some sort and smile on your face... you're good enough for me. Smiley 

However, if your things lack labels and I have no clue what I"m buying... see ya Wink

The smile is especially important.  If you don't want to be there, if you aren't enjoying yourself, I don't want to buy from you Wink
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« Reply #7 on: October 21, 2007 12:36:28 PM »

A lot depends upon the image you're trying to portray.  Rustic?  "Spa-ish"?  Funky?  I've gone with funky, myself.  I use a black tablecloth overlaid with strips of neon-colored fabric.  I painted wooden CD crates from AC Moore with neon paint.  I stack the crates so there are different heights.  The soaps are packaged and labeled so people can see what they're getting.  I also have plenty of signs with prices, my company name and some FAQs about handmade soap.

As for price - it can vary greatly on your geographic area.  I was seriously underselling mine because I was using a formula that was recommended to me.  I've made an adjustment and found that my sales haven't suffered in the least.

Beyond that, being well-informed about your product and friendly, but not cloying, will take you far.
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« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2008 08:28:14 PM »

I like visually rich displays.

I was thinking maybe some pretty glass bowls or something like apothecary jars with soaps piled in like candy. You could get tongs to fish them out, or something.

I'm not sure what your soaps look like, but I'm sure you could tailor it.

Or something to that effect- luscious piles of soap-jewels Smiley
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