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« on: August 24, 2005 08:24:55 AM »

I entered a craft fair for mid October and I'd like to do one for early December.  My question to the pros is do you have any tips on staying organized, focused, sane?  I have a list of the supplies I'll need, the stuff I'm making and the amount I'll need.  I'm still feeling a bit suffocated.

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« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2005 10:26:13 AM »

My big tip would be to make sure you are all set, ready to go, at least by the night before.  The list is actually my number 1, must-have craft fair prep item.  Then I work from it and make sure I have all the stuff I need, and I have all the "to do" stuff checked off.  It makes it a lot easier, if, in the morning, I just load everything into the car and go.  It also helps to have a good friend help out.  My fiance is my stuff carrier, car driver, set up expert.  He keeps me sane when I get flustered, which I almost always do when setting my table up.  But that flustering would be far worse if things weren't priced, money hadn't been changed, etc. etc.

Good luck!

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« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2005 10:57:48 AM »

Thanks Jen,  I have 3 lists currently, I am a list wirter big time, unfortunately I'm not a list follower.  I'm excited about this though.  I think it will be good experience.  Thanks again.

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« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2005 09:03:47 PM »

I don't have any advice exept remember to have fun. I get so excited when I go to craft shows. It lets me know that people are interested in my stuff.

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« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2005 12:23:36 PM »

I also prepared a check list on the computer and it is the first thing I pull out!

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Pens, Pencils, notepaper, scissors, screwdriver set, string, pull ties, screws, safety pins
Measuring tape
spare lightbulbs, power cords

Don't forget - aspirin/tylenol, female hygene products (hey you never know!) & breath mints. I am often asked by other vendors for contact info re: organizers for other shows that I do so I pack that as well. 

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« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2005 12:36:16 PM »

I'm doing my first craft fair in november and I just thought I'd say make sure to check to see what will be provided and what you'll have to bring (tables and chairs etc)
« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2005 12:44:41 PM »

Make sure you have plenty of change.  Nothing beats loosing a sale because you can't  break a large bill.  Calculator, tape gun, bags, receipts, asprin, proper tools that you will need for setup, packing material.  I usually pack up a show box of all of the things that I need, and after the show I leave everything in there, so it is ready for the next show. 

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« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2005 10:57:27 AM »

Thanks so much,  There are a few things that I never thought of!! 

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