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Amy S.
« on: June 15, 2012 08:40:03 AM »

Hi, I'm new to the forums and also new to craft show selling. (love the forum, here!)

I make wooden desk name plaques, baby name blocks, and other personalized wooden display products. These items I will be personalizing on-site, when purchase is made. I will have precut lettering in assorted colors/styles ready to add to plaques and blocks. (takes me maybe 5-10 mins to add name or phrase) I also make non-personalized home decor products that will be fully finished and ready to sell. I'm a bit frazzled about having to personalize on-site, but I know I can do it.

My question then is.... how much of each to bring? The craft show is a local "home town days" type of fair. It's a two day (weekend) event, and craft vendors are dedicated each day 10am-5pm. I've been going for over ten yrs, and I know that there is always a huge turnout. Thousands, of thousands show during the weekend.

What says everyone?? How do YOU figure out how much product to bring to a show??

Thanks!
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Chris in VT
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2012 04:23:17 AM »

There are some different ideas out there, but the one I usually use is "how much was the space?" Then bring ten times that amount in work. But that was when times were good and everybody had a job. Today I usually take about $2500 in work to any given show.

In your case, first you want to bring enough to fill your booth. Make your booth inviting by having a good amount of available pieces to personalize.  Then double it.
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Amy S.
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2012 07:49:06 AM »

Thanks for the response!

It's an outdoor event, 10x10, and $35.00 for entire weekend. I have several different sized pieces with different price points (between $4-10 each). I guess I'd better bring quite a bit, with the price points I have! LOL!
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