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31  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: Whoa! What a fee! on: July 25, 2014 07:58:52 PM
Forgot to answer my own questions .... I have paid $250 for a 2 day event and that is the most expensive.  My shortest event has been the typical 1 day event that was about 8-9 hours.  I will not consider a show that is less than a full day.  it takes as much effort to set up for one of those as it does a full 1-2 day event.
32  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Whoa! What a fee! on: July 25, 2014 07:55:32 PM
I got a phone call this week from someone at a local radio station.  The radio station is planning a women's expo type event but it will be on a small scale, based on where the event is located.  The woman at the radio station said she got my name from a platation that used to run a craft show for many, many years but recently discontinued it.  They thought I might be interested in the womens expo.

The event will be indoors.  Booths are 10x10, 10x20 and antoher size which I cannot remember but is between the two sizes mentioned.  The 10x10 booth is $300.  Of course the booth fee is more as the booth gets larger.  They are providing a tent and one table.  The even is for 4 hours (2-6 PM) on a single day.

I was quite surprised at the booth fee .... $300 for only 4 hours.  I have paid close to that for a booth but it was a 2 day event that was all day long both days.  I am quite curious if they will be able to rent any booths.  I am already comitted to a 2 day even that weekend.  Even if I weren't committed, I would not do this small event.  It is a lot of work to set up, even given a 2 day weekend.

I am curious .... what is the most you have paid for a booth?  What is the shortest event you have done?  Would you consider a short event again?
33  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: A Day in the life .... on: July 25, 2014 07:44:02 PM
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34  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / A Day in the life .... on: July 16, 2014 08:15:19 AM
Hello Everyone,

I know we all make different products and have different goals, except maybe the goal to make a profit at what we do.  However, I am wondering if you can give me a glimpse of a day in the life of ... whatever you make/do.  Or even a glimpse of a week in the life of .... particularly if you do this full time or are close to doing it full time.

Thanks so much!
35  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Show in Shreveport, LA on: July 10, 2014 03:22:02 PM
Anyone been to Red River Revel in Shreveport, either with a booth or as a shopper?  Please give a review if you have!  I am trying to decide if it's worth it for next year.
36  UNITED STATES / Louisiana / Red River Revel--Shreveport on: July 10, 2014 03:19:51 PM
Hey All Crafters!

I am wondering if any of you have been to the Red River Revel in Shreveport, LA ... either having a booth or as a shopper?  If so, please give a review!!
37  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: I have a costs-profit related business question on: July 08, 2014 07:16:02 AM
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38  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Craft Booth Etiquette on: June 30, 2014 07:12:44 PM
Hello Everyone,

I want to know how you would handle something that happened this past weekend at a craft show.  I was in the juried section of the arts and crafts show and this portion of the show was indoors.  All booths were 10'x10'.  No one insdoors was required to set up a tent.  Booths were delineated by taped corners on the floor.  Once the booths were set up the tape was not seen.

We did not set up any "walls" between us and our neighbor, nor did our neighbor.  In fact many didn't set up any walls.  (One neighbor was a no show.)  He offered a very different product than us.  The turn our was tremendous and we had quite a bit of traffic in our booth.  The issue is this ... sometimes people would be in our booth, leaning over our table looking into the gentleman's booth at one of his tables.  I am like, what?  really?  You want to stand in my booth and look at my perfectly nice neighbor's goods?

Once, a shopper was standing basically straddling our booths in the aisle.  She picked up one of his small arrowheads and asked, "Is this an Indian arrowhead"  I replied, "I have no idea, it belongs to the man in the next booth."

Has this type thing happened to anyone here?  If so, what did you do about it?

We plan on working up a wall "system" with drapes or curtains to separate us from the next both for future indoor shows where we do not need a tent.  What do you recommend?  Dh is thinking of using pvc pipe with fabric that has a hem in it that the pvc would fit through.

Thanks in advance.
39  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: Table Coverings on: June 30, 2014 03:03:21 PM
I am glad this topic was brought up. I am looking for an online site to buy quality table covers.  I want them to be quality and not rip, come unhemmed, fade, etc. after just a couple of uses.  I prefer dark brown or black and to have access to the underside of the table where I keep my backstock.

I am also looking for something to hang inside my tent walls to provide some color.  I have been using some cute shower curtains that have white backgrounds and large polka dots on them.  I just want to see what alternatives are out there.

Any suggestions on sites would be appreciated.
40  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Price Increase on: June 19, 2014 06:04:08 AM
Hi Cindy,

We struggled with the exact same problem before our 2014 show season started. The price of steel has gone up dramatically and we were not making as much profit.

So we bit the bullet and raised the prices an average of 20%. It didn't hurt sales at all.

Chris

I am glad to hear your percentage increase is what I was considering and you did not see a dent in your sales.

I usually look at etsy and pinterest for inspiration and part of viewing what others are doing is seeing their prices.  I felt for a long time that I was high compared to those sites.  I have read that crafts people tend to undersell their products there, so I take their prices with a grain of salt.  However, it is hard to find similar products to what I sell on other sites.  Though I scour the internet, it is hard to find truly similar products on other independent websites, thus is it hard to do accurate price comparisons.  It is not that I am wanting to be like everyone else in what I do, because I do want to offer something different.  Otherwise, why do it, right?

I am leaning toward going to $24.  Barring a severe jump in tile prices, I will be able to leave my prices there for a while.
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