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« on: June 19, 2012 05:26:02 AM »

I am preparing to do a huge trunk show and since this is my first ever, I thought I would send out feelers to see who had information on truck shows.

A little about my show so you can provide quality feedback: my show will be taking place in a historic home just outside of Washington,DC. So lots of space; internet access, good lighting, and access to electrical outlets. I may have to bring my own table, but the jury is still out on that. I will be offering payment by credit card, cash and online Paypal money transfer. I plan on taking at least one other person with me to assist with transactions and such while I am helping attendees. I will be providing a 10% donation to the host's local organization of choice (we've discussed this already). I will also provide the host with all the invitations, business cards, postcards, and flyers she may need to spread the word about the event at her home. Lastly, as I do a lot of custom items, I may offer the host a list of products that attendees can purchase ahead of time so they can get the size and color scheme they want. So there you have it, this is what I have so far.

Thus, if you have attended and/or held a trunk show, I'm interested in...

1. What are some best practices for a successful show?
2. What has been your experience (either as an attendee or a vendor)?
3. How did you set up the display or do you have ideas on displays for this type of show?
4. How much product do you make?
5. Do you have any other tips, ideas or thoughts that could be helpful for this event?

I think that about wraps it up.

Thanks,
Martiel
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« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2012 10:18:45 AM »

Are you trying to selling to retailers or to individuals (bulk vs. individual items)?
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« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2012 05:59:04 AM »

Oooo, that would be useful information...

The show is actually in a private home, so it would be retail.
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« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2012 09:25:38 AM »

I've only been to one trunk show, and it was an "invitation only" one.  It was a friend who was launching his etsy shop, and he basically invited almost everyone he knew into his home and had a display of his wares set up.  He served wine and munchies, and people visited, and many of us bought something. 

Based on that, I would have some light munchies available--he did very simple things like pretzels and chips/dip.

I like the idea of having someone handling the transactions for you--that leaves you to mingle with everyone there! 

If you do custom items, I would have either a slide show or a scrapbook or photo album of things you've done.  And be sure you have signage near it letting people know you can do custom stuff!

Good luck and have fun!
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