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simply
« Reply #20 on: September 17, 2004 06:22:32 AM »

well i saw this guy at one that did custom clocks and he took orders...do you have a website they could order off of? you could put that on a brochure.  if you allow a little customization (choice of flower/ribbon color/ etc) i don't see why they wouldn't. ya know," oh that's nice, but i really wanted purple, not yellow...what's that? i can customize an order? sign me up!" never know unless you give it a shot  Smiley
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ShelbyAD
« Reply #21 on: September 17, 2004 06:48:32 AM »

Unfortunately I don't have a website.  I've been asking my husband for MONTHS now to set one up for me.  Well, he's a man and hasn't gotten around to it.  For course I guess it would help if I took pictures of my stuff  Cheesy

I will make up cards for them to take with them.  I can't really call them business cards, because I'm not a business.  I will give my stuff a title with my name and cell phone number.

I have ALOT to do in 3 weeks!!!  HELP!!!!
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simply
« Reply #22 on: September 17, 2004 06:57:03 AM »

i sentence your husband to 30 lashings with a wet noodle.  why not set one up yourself? they're really not that hard, and if you need any help, i offer what i know. even if it's just a simple thing with pics and contact info for the moment.
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RedStitch
« Reply #23 on: September 17, 2004 08:51:13 AM »

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why not set one up yourself?

That's what I was going to say too. Check out my site - it is my first try ever, it took a lot of time and brain storm, but I am happy to have it! Technically it was not hard, there are tons of step-by-step guides, and my native language is not English, but it was easy anyway... A web-site is very helpful.

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My problem is that I only have 1 of everything I make.

Is it a problem? Everything is ONE-OF-A-KIND!!! There is no one alike!!! Make a sign and raise your price!

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Do people really order stuff from a vendor at craft fairs?

'I love this scarf! I wish it was blue. Do you have a blue one?'
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'I would like to buy a poncho for my daughter for Christmas. Do you have one with bigger holes on it?'

The first lady even paid right the way.

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What has your experience been with accepting checks?

I have never hade bounced checks. But... Cash or deposit them the very next day. And if you feel that you do not trust the person, ask for ID, like in any other store.







 
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ShelbyAD
« Reply #24 on: September 17, 2004 10:50:40 AM »

THANKS for ALL of the great advice.  You guys are the BEST  Grin

I'm sure I will have more questions as the craft fair date grows closer - which btw is October 9th
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RedStitch
« Reply #25 on: October 10, 2004 08:50:04 AM »

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I'm sure I will have more questions as the craft fair date grows closer - which btw is October 9th

Shelby, how did it go?
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ShelbyAD
« Reply #26 on: October 10, 2004 10:39:50 AM »

It sucked!!!  Angry  Did not sell a thing.  But after talking to some of the other vendors, they did not do too well either.  Some only sold 1 or 2 items, some sold none.  Right now I'm in a craft fair depression.  Sad
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« Reply #27 on: October 10, 2004 05:02:49 PM »

It sucked!!!  Angry  Did not sell a thing.  But after talking to some of the other vendors, they did not do too well either.  Some only sold 1 or 2 items, some sold none.  Right now I'm in a craft fair depression.  Sad

Aw. But don't let that discourage you. They good thing is that now you know what you did wrong. Maybe it was the crowd just wasn't into the kinds of things you had to offer. Your items sound awesome by your little description, so I doubt it was the quality or anything.

Whatever you do, don't make it your last craft fair. Keep looking out for more events and keep learning from your mistakes. You have the interest in craft fairs and just because you have a bad day doesn't mean you should give up. The good news is that you already have some items that you can sell next time, so you don't have to go crazy re-stocking. You also have a better idea of what the experience will be like so you'll respond better to your surroundings. Bottom line: Don't give up!
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RedStitch
« Reply #28 on: October 10, 2004 10:19:59 PM »

I know the feeling. I posted a story about my first experience on the first page. Do not give up. It might be a wrong fair for your product. I've been at a couple wrong myself... As a customer. I did not know that fairs and festivals can be THAT different...

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madebykris
« Reply #29 on: October 11, 2004 12:27:32 AM »

Want to feel better?  I did 3 regional wholesale markets (much more expensive than retail markets) because I had heard how great people do with wholesale shows - and didn't sell one item.  It's hard to sell when you have 3 or 4 people walking by in an hour.  I've done one retail craft fair, on a terrible, cold, rainy weekend outdoors, and sold a slew of stuff.  It's just a matter of where and when, dumb luck is much more important than probably any of us would want to admit.  I almost quit after those first few shows, but do one show where your stuff sells well and there'll be no turning back, you'll be addicted ;-).  Good luck!
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