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« on: October 13, 2011 04:02:44 AM »

Hello!

I'm going to my first craft fair next month (w00t), and I'll be selling crocheted hats. I was wondering how other crafters handle customers who'd like to try on an item before purchase. For an item like hats, would it be prudent to create a "sample" hat that everyone can try on for size? Or would that come off as too OCD for most customers? What have you done in the past?

Thanks for your input!
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« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2011 07:34:23 AM »

Hello There.  I do not have any experience with selling items at craft fairs and am just getting started myself.  BUT, I do have a lot of experience at attending and buying from them Wink   This past weekend I went to a rather large one, and there were people with crocheted hats and shawls, etc.  They did not seem to have a problem with people trying them on, including my son whom wanted the crocheted crab hat.  I did not sense any stress or attitude from the sellers, but I myself was nervous as to whether he should be trying them on.  I wasn't sure what the proper etiquette was, and there were no other customers for me to learn from. 

In the end, we had to buy a different hat because the original choice (monkey) didn't look right when put on his head.  Hence the second choice of the crab.  So, being able to try them on allowed for me to not waste my money on the wrong product. 

I'm not sure that information helps.

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« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2011 08:28:23 AM »

Thanks, Jenny! That's actually VERY helpful. I guess I'll be bringing a mirror, too!
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« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2011 07:40:45 AM »

Hi Lindsey,

Sorry for the late reply, but I had to tell you that the mirror is a great idea.  A friend and I went to an Art Festival and we ended up separated.  Later she told me that she wanted to buy a pair of earrings, but the booth did not have a mirror and I was nowhere around to give my opinion.  LOL. 

So, moral of the story, don't forget the mirror!

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« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2011 11:16:53 AM »

yes, the mirror is quite important to remember Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2011 04:41:49 PM »

Thanks again for your input. I did bring a mirror and allowed customers to try hats on. It was a VERY good idea! Though the mirror probably convinced a few costumers to pass (my hats weren't their style, I guess), several customers appreciated it.

Furthermore, just being able to say "You're welcome to try anything on" was a great conversation starter. And it saved me the awkwardness of telling people "No no, don't touch!"

Thanks again for your help.
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« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2012 07:23:12 PM »

I had a sign saying "feel free to TRY ON these items - leave your ID at the table". But what we ended up doing was setting up two tall racks in a V shape, covered with curtains, and at the top of the V draped a sheet over each end - that way customers could come to the back of our stall and try on then and there. It worked and made lots of sales. Others actually brought pop-up tall free standing single tents to go into at their stalls. You know the porta-loo looking type? Camping stores would have them.  Smiley
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