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Topic: where the f did i go wrong?.....or...... why was my booth such a failure?  (Read 3174 times)
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shadojake
« Reply #10 on: November 05, 2013 10:32:33 AM »

I dug up the links to parts 2-5 of the article I mentioned.  The advice is pretty practical but each crafter still has to carve out his or her niche for their own craft and the are they live/work in.

Here they are in order ....

Part 2--
http://voices.yahoo.com/becoming-craft-show-vendor-part-2-need-7113488.html?cat=31

Part 3--
http://voices.yahoo.com/becoming-craft-show-vendor-part-3-finding-craft-7315958.html?cat=31

Part 4--
http://voices.yahoo.com/becoming-craft-show-vendor-part-4-set-your-7554960.html?cat=3

Part 5
http://voices.yahoo.com/becoming-craft-show-vendor-part-5-dos-donts-7673722.html?cat=31
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xdm
« Reply #11 on: December 09, 2013 02:31:02 PM »

Thanks for all the article links !

My first craft fair 2014 is January 19th.  I have a list put together of things to do. VERY EXCITED !
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Chris in VT
« Reply #12 on: December 10, 2013 04:32:23 PM »

Thanks for all the article links !

My first craft fair 2014 is January 19th.  I have a list put together of things to do. VERY EXCITED !
This past weekend I finished my 37th show of 2013.  I'm off until Feb of '14 so I now have the time to curl up in front of the woodstove for two months! The firewood is stacked and my wife says "let it snow"!!!
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xdm
« Reply #13 on: December 11, 2013 07:04:45 AM »

Thanks for all the article links !

My first craft fair 2014 is January 19th.  I have a list put together of things to do. VERY EXCITED !
This past weekend I finished my 37th show of 2013.  I'm off until Feb of '14 so I now have the time to curl up in front of the woodstove for two months! The firewood is stacked and my wife says "let it snow"!!!

WOW !  Do you ever sleep ? lol just wondering.
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Chris in VT
« Reply #14 on: December 12, 2013 03:56:16 AM »

This is my full time job, and I treat it as one. I "go to work" every day in my shop and make my product, then go to a craft show for one to three days and sell it. My "day off" is Monday when my wife and I do our errands.

During the busy season from Labor Day to just after Thanksgiving, I can be in the shop for as many as 12 to 16 hours a day.

But you see, I love what I do for a living. To me it's not work. Sure, by now I'm exhausted, but I have a couple months to recuperate and watch the snow fly.
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There's NOTHING at a craft show, or on Etsy, anybody NEEDS. NOTHING.
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xdm
« Reply #15 on: December 13, 2013 03:19:45 AM »

I'm mixing it up a little by attending some and actually setting up at smaller ones.  I can't afford or can't do the 3-4 days in a row to get into a big show.  I was hoping to get into a prom/grad show next month, but $125 for 2 hours is out of my reach.

Sign me,
Crafting from Dust......
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Chris in VT
« Reply #16 on: December 13, 2013 04:03:29 AM »

$125 for 2 hours???

What type of show is that?
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shadojake
« Reply #17 on: December 13, 2013 10:10:51 AM »

$125 for 2 hours???

What type of show is that?

Yes, let us know.  Enquiring minds want to know.
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xdm
« Reply #18 on: December 13, 2013 04:49:10 PM »

It's a Prom/Grad show....... they have vendors that do prom gowns and accessories, vendors that have grad party supplies (food, rentals, halls, djs, etc) 
The vendors have 2 hours before the fashion show to peddle their wares and the attendance is limited to 500.  Also, this is only the 3rd year they've been doing it.
Seems rather high priced set up fee to me and I'd be getting it Half off because I work from home.  Regular businesses pay $250 ! gasp

The limited time and low attendance don't seem worth the fee at all to me.  I'm going to go check it out just for kicks n giggles and maybe learn a little, but...... I don't think I'll be doing this one as a vendor
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shadojake
« Reply #19 on: December 13, 2013 05:25:31 PM »

The grad/prom thing is not something I'd do.  I don't think there would be any call for coasters or trivets.  A total waste of time for me.
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