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1  UNITED STATES / Ohio / Re: Ohio Events and Get Togethers on: November 22, 2006 01:10:08 PM
That's awesome!!! 

Everyone always says it's all about networking...
2  UNITED STATES / Ohio / Re: Ohio Events and Get Togethers on: November 22, 2006 01:00:00 PM
Yes I am.  Finally got my sh** together this fall and have been selling my jewelry. 

I did Basket of Treasures in Westlake two weeks ago and the ArtHouse sale last week.  Both ok...did better at Arthouse though.

And I even got my etsy shop stocked. 

I am also taking pottery classes at arthouse with my friend Gina who's a teacher there.  She just set up her etsy.  GinaDeSantis.etsy.com  <----shameless plug :-)
3  UNITED STATES / Ohio / Re: Ohio Events and Get Togethers on: November 22, 2006 12:47:23 PM
Yea!  I can't wait until BazBiz!!!  I was hoping you guys would be there. 

4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: Craft Show Pearls of Wisdom... on: November 22, 2006 12:43:18 PM
re: bags - I think it depends on the show and on your product.   I personally think it cheapens your product and your booth when an items gets tossed in a rumpled old grocery bag.  You can buy brown paper lunch bags, or plain loot bags at the dollar store if your items are small enough, or use small white garbage bags if you have larger items.

Unless you're all about using recycled/reclaimed materials. . . I think packaging is important, and people will remember you if you have great packaging!  Your customers don't know that you're a student working at McDo, nor should they - all they know is that you're a crafter selling your wares.


And to add a few more pearls:
- Be sure to read the show rules carefully - can you have a "sale" or "X percentage off "sign?  can you hold your own raffle (chances are you can't!)?

- Make sure you're table coverings hang to the floor, and give them a quick press the night before - you want your booth to be inviting, not cheap looking.

- If you're a first-timer, set your booth up once or twice at home prior to the show - get it down pat, how long does it take?  Allow for at least that much time the morning of.  Take pictures so you have a reference for next time - of what does and doesn't work

- If you can, walk around the show while you're there - what booths draw you in?  Are there 3 other booths with a similar product to yours?  How can you make yourself stand out when people have already walked by 3 other scarf booths?

- Never chew gum at your booth!  if you can avoid eating at your booth even better, of course if you're alone you can't help it, just try to be subtle about it, and don't pack a smelly lunch - would you want to smell someone's tuna sandwich while you're shopping?

I couldn't agree more about the Bags.  If you feel that your product is not something people would buy at a dollar store, then your bag should represent that too.  I sell jewelry and use those little organza bags.  People love those.  They are likely to keep it in that bag with my business card rather than is I just put it in a ziploc or something else. 

I also look at other's booths for ideas and to see who is doing well and adhere to don't eat at your booth.  Drinks ok, but nothing worse is when you just take a bite and someone asks you a question. 
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: How to recover from a flop on: November 22, 2006 12:29:38 PM
Remember...this is your first fair.  This is the learning stage of what works.  Showing up at a fair is no guarantee of sales, but plan better for the next. 

I am in my first year of selling my own jewelry at fairs. I have worked for about 5 years doing fairs for other companies.  Here's a few things I have noticed...

Know the crowd.  You cards are probably great but if the crowd is a card from the drugstore kind of crowd...probably not going to do well.  Art sales are very different from craft sales.  I do better at art sales with my jewelry, as my other friends do with their jewelry and pottery. 

Let everyone know you are going to be there.  You wouldn't believe it but people will come up and look if there are other people at the table talking to you.  I swear people are afraid to look if your booth is empty. I guess they are afraid you will talk to them or something.  I have found if someone is there talking to me, people come up and start looking. 

Say hi.  Sometimes people will be passing by kind of looking but if you say hi, they spend a bit longer looking and might not have bought if you hadn't said something. 

Clearly marked prices.  People don't like to ask how much something is.  They will just put it back down and leave if they don't see a price tag on it. 

One thing you might want to consider is framing a few of your cards.  That way people might get the idea that they could be framed/kept or be given as a little piece of art rather than a "disposable" card. 

Hope this helps!
6  UNITED STATES / Ohio / Re: Ohio Events and Get Togethers on: November 22, 2006 11:30:45 AM
I second that motion!!! Bela dubby works for me.  I have been busy busy with doing some small craft shows around town latel and I have 2 more to go.

House of Blues Holiday Bazaar on Wednesday, Nov 29th from 4 to 8 pm. This is a members only event however I have a guest list so just let me know if you want on the list.   

Bazaar Bizarre on Saturday, December 2nd from noon till 9 pm. This should be a great, quirky, unique show for holiday shopping. It is also one of 1300 Gallery's last events. They are located at 1300 W. 78th St. Please stop by!
7  Ohio / Ohio: Northeast / Re: Any Clevelanders? on: September 07, 2006 12:26:34 PM
yes a get together is in order.

where has the time gone!
8  UNITED STATES / Ohio / Re: Ohio Events and Get Togethers on: September 07, 2006 12:23:56 PM
oh i totally missed everything...

yes i have been totally slacking on all things craftster...

Have fun in PA!!

We should do the bling party so you can arrive in PA with proper bling...if you are still here. 
9  Ohio / Ohio: Northeast / Re: Any Clevelanders? on: June 26, 2006 10:41:02 AM
Any one going to the Clifton Art Fest on Saturday?

I was out of town.  I heard it was good.  My friend has her ceramics there.  She said she did better than crocker park the week before. 

10  Ohio / Ohio: Northeast / Re: Any Clevelanders? on: June 26, 2006 10:38:12 AM
does anyone know of a good place on the westside to take sewing lessons?

Virginia Marti College and Kathy's Sewing in lakewood has a lot of sewing classes.  Both are on Detroit Ave. 
 I haven't taken any at either.  I think the Lakewood Rec offers sewing classes sometimes.  I think the Hoops and Hollers store in north olmsted does too. 
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