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Topic: where the f did i go wrong?.....or...... why was my booth such a failure?  (Read 3894 times)
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cindijh
« Reply #30 on: January 22, 2014 06:22:58 PM »

We hit the minuses here in pa last night too. I've lived in Michigan (2x)and Wisconsin. I know. about those minus double digits....

Cindi
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Miss_Molly
« Reply #31 on: May 27, 2014 09:28:46 PM »

Bumping this thread Wink lots of good advice here.

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shadojake said:
You may want to make multiples of the best sellers and put out only a couple at a time of them.  Let customers know you have back stock if needed.  When one sells, just pull another one out.  The thought occurred to me that if you have all your stuff out, it feeds the idea of abundance and people think, 'oh, there's plenty here.  I don't have to buy now.  I can come back later.'

^^^yes. THAT. Indeed. Also, some people get overwhelmed when around so many choices.. I know me personally, if I go into any shop with tons of things crammed into a small space, I can't focus too well, and it makes it harder for me to make a final decision.

My own advice:
Try to get there early and if you can, set up closer to the entrance! I noticed that when I had a booth up at an indie flea in the middle of everything, I barely sold anything at all, but when I had one near where people came in and left, I sold at least 3 times as much.

Make sure you have business cards. I can't count how many times I've ran into nice people while out selling somewhere, but they didn't have the money at the time. Thanks to having a business card, they came back later on the internet to either my site or Etsy and bought things there.

Good luck ^_^
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Chris in VT
« Reply #32 on: May 28, 2014 04:00:49 AM »

As far as setting up near the entrance.

Every craft show I have ever done (over 1,200) has had assigned spaces. It makes no difference if it's a $50 space or a $500 space.

After doing the show for a few times, the customers know where to find you as long as you request the same spot every time.

I'm doing a show next weekend (5/31-6/1) in Chester, NJ. I have been doing this particular show on and off for over 25 years. If you guys would like to see what some professional artists and crafters do, here's the website.
www.chestercraftshow.com
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There's NOTHING at a craft show, or on Etsy, anybody NEEDS. NOTHING.
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shadojake
« Reply #33 on: May 28, 2014 04:41:24 PM »

As far as setting up near the entrance.

Every craft show I have ever done (over 1,200) has had assigned spaces. It makes no difference if it's a $50 space or a $500 space.

After doing the show for a few times, the customers know where to find you as long as you request the same spot every time.

Chris,

I have found the same thing.  All the shows/fairs I've done had assigned spaces for all crafters ... whether at churches, plantations, etc.  I agree that repeat customers will find you if you stay in one location from one year to the next.
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Cindy

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