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mammaw2000
« on: July 17, 2011 06:55:29 AM »

Hello all! I am thinking of venturing into the world of craft shows. I am wondering if anyone does what I call a "hybrid" show. That is where there is a mix of handcrafted items with premade items that are purchased wholesale, such as candles, garlands, etc.? I am not sure at this point if I can produce enough of the handmade items to fill a small booth and thought this might work. I know there are some shows that this would not be allowed, but for now, I just want to get my feet wet. I would love some feedback. I am not looking to make a living at this, just would like some extra income. Thanks in advance.
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Chris in VT
« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2011 06:35:40 AM »

The world of shows kinda frowns on buy/sell (or B/S) because they're called craft shows for a reason. The person in the booth should be the one who makes what s/he's selling.
Now you can purchase basics and embellish them and that could get you into some of the lower end shows.

Besides, the B/S merchants don't make as much profit as the real crafters. The markup is only 100% or twice what you paid. Subtract the shipping costs and you're making even less.

Now there is one nationwide promoter that not only allows B/S but over 80% of the shows have it.

www.countryfolkart.com

Go to the site and look at the section for exhibitor contracts. Click the link for the 2011 show contracts and look at the space fees.
 
These are exhibitors who do this for a living. Some even have contacts in Hong Kong and buy containers full of Chinese junk.

Although I make everything, I am not afraid to do these shows. I have made as much as $10,000 in three days at one of these shows. I do around 5 of their shows per year and average about $5,000 per show.  
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There's NOTHING at a craft show, or on Etsy, anybody NEEDS. NOTHING.
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« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2011 07:55:11 AM »

Can you find somebody else to share a table with? That way you can save on the table and not invest in inventory you don't need.
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