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« on: June 21, 2011 06:21:50 AM »

Hi all!  I just did my second ever craft fair and it went very well.  I would love to know what you veterans thinks are the best months to do a craft fair since I'll probably be limiting myself to 2-3/year.   Some facts that might help you out:  I am selling jewelry (steampunk, lego, TOLP, nestlaces) and the venue will be the same one as last time (they run from May-Nov).  I did mine in June because the organizers said that they had the most participants in that month.  Now I am wondering if I should strike again in July/August or wait until Nov and try to catch some early Christmas shoppers.
Any help/thoughts would be appreciated.  Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2011 07:18:12 AM »

I think fairs around the holidays always get TONS of shoppers looking for gifts, so that seems to be a good time to go if you really want to limit yourself to twice a year. Smiley (Otherwise, go for three! Especially if you did well and you have time to make more items.)
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« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2011 11:41:56 AM »

Thanks jungrrl!  Do you think Nov is too far away from Christmas?  I myself don't start thinking about presents until Dec.
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« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2011 11:44:34 AM »

Not necessarily! Especially if it's marketed as a holiday fair.
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« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2011 02:06:57 PM »

Hmm, don't think that they do that.  It's more like an ongoing craft fair. 
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« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2011 04:47:43 AM »

We do shows year round and I can definitely tell you from Labor Day until the second weekend in December, we're booked every weekend with two and three day shows.
That should tell you something.

Shows are indeed seasonal.
We do shows here in New England in winter and do well. We do some big craft shows, but the flower and garden shows are the real moneymaker during this time.

Spring is a slow time for us as everybody is out in their yards cleaning up from the winter and not attending shows.

June is the slowest month as nobody is interested in buying anything except graduation gifts. And they don't attend craft shows for that.

Summer is good for outdoor shows and I usually have a show just about every weekend. But I hate the heat, so when it goes above 85 I'm dying. Thankfully it doesn't do that very much in New England.

Next is Autumn in Vermont! Tourists come from all over the world to look at the colors and shows ROCK!

Columbus Day Weekend sometimes brings the first snow of the season so that's our last outdoor show and we move inside for the Christmas sales season.

After that, I take 6 weeks off and plant myself in front of the woodstove and watch the snow pile up.  And the last weekend in January we start all over again.
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There's NOTHING at a craft show, or on Etsy, anybody NEEDS. NOTHING.
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« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2011 06:14:18 AM »

Thanks for your input Chris!!  I'm curious about what you're selling....is it jewelry?

So far I've done a show in Feb and in June....I was very happy with the June sales.  I picked June because the organizers told me that they had the biggest turnout of vendors in June and I was hoping that the vendors picked that month based on sales. Thanks for your advice regarding the rest of the year.  I've decided to try August and see how it turns out.

I was a bit worried doing the same venue just a few months apart, but maybe that will be ok.  Next year I'll plan and do a fair in May, June, and July.  Smiley
I think my hubby will kill me if I do many more.  It's so addicting!

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« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2011 03:43:31 AM »

No I'm not a jeweler. The shows are overrun with jewelry applicants. That's always the first catagory that fills up.

You can click on my name and go to the page that has my website.

I am a professional fulll time exhibitor. I do an average of 40 shows per year. And I take pride that I am the only one at any given show that has what I make. That puts me in front of the line every time.
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« Reply #8 on: June 25, 2011 05:36:35 AM »

That's awesome that you have a niche market.  Luckily I am the only one at the craft fair making the jewelry I make.  The craft fair organizers are very thorough in asking each applicant to submit written descriptions and pictures of the items they are selling.  They use this so that there is no overlap in jewelry offerings, etc.  Smiley
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