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kaitlynharmon
« on: September 20, 2011 07:34:07 PM »

Hey there everyone!

First time posting on Craftster, and frankly I joined for some advice.

I'm new-ish to crafting, and I'd like to do something that kind of steps it up a notch.

I'd like to enter my cities christmas craft fair

http://www.stcatharines.ca/en/experiencein/resources/CraftersWanted-SantaParade.pdf

I'll be showing with my Nana who is a seasoned veteran at this kind of stuff, but I'd like to know what's in store. I've been to a variety of craft fairs, but I'm still very nervous.

Please, please PLEASE ease my worries and tell me what fairs are usually like, what kind of stuff you usually show, and if going into something like this with someone else causes more trouble than it is worth.

Thank you everyone, happy crafting!
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« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2011 10:13:01 AM »

Holiday craft shows are usually the busiest of the year, so it's a great time to go.  I always really enjoy the atmosphere at Christmas shows, it really gets you in the Christmas spirit with all the decor and people buying Christmas gifts.  If you are nervous, I would definitely recommend going with your Nana.  I actually prefer to have two people to a booth at busy shows, because it allows you to deal with multiple customers at the same time, and possibly increase your sales.
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« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2011 01:43:33 PM »

Shows are hard work!  Loading and unloading, then packing up leftovers and unloading - when the show is over, you're going to be tired, so clear the schedule for the day after so you can relax. 

Shows are a lot of fun, with a little aggravation thrown in.  You'll find a lot of browsers, hopefully a lot of buyers, and a whole lot of fellow crafters looking for ideas they can do, lol.  I've had people try to pick apart my stuff to see how it was constructed - eek!  (I don't let them do that.  They can look and pick up, but when I see someone trying to find out how they can duplicate my work, I take the item from them and say it's a bit fragile or I don't want it to get worn from handling...I have limits!)

Bring snacks in case it's too busy for you to go have a meal (here's hoping!) and bring LOTS of business cards (you can run 'em off on your computer) to give people. 

I make angels, so I try to have a variety of them on hand - whimsical, traditional, bright, pastel, holiday, etc. 

Good luck!
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