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« Reply #30 on: October 11, 2004 05:42:52 AM »

Well I'm not giving up yet.  I have 1,  potentially 3 more craft fairs to participate in.  Most of the people who were there, were there for the free games & blow up rides for their children.  It was the first year for this festival.  They had some flyers up and advertised on an AM radio station - they needed to do it on an FM station.  Plus (this might sound rude) the county that it was in is not a "well to do" county, plus the town it was in only has 1 major business. 

I'm hoping to get into one that's this weekend and I'm signed up for a booth at one on Nov 6th.  I'm trying to get information on 2 more, but so far no one has returned my e-mails about it.  I'm going to keep trying.

Alot of people liked my stuff, said it was nice, cute, creative, but didn't buy it. 
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« Reply #31 on: October 11, 2004 08:42:55 PM »

Thank you again to everyone that replied to my original post. Its been good to hear all your stories (good and bad!).

All of the nightmare stories are quite depressing Undecided

Nothwithstanding the depressing stories, after months of thinking about it I have finally signed up for a market to be held on the 23rd of October (beginning of the summer here in Sydney so it should be a beautiful Australian summer day).

I get a 3 yard frontage (I have to supply my own table) for $45. The organiser said that she is letter dropping to 3,000 homes in the area, advertising in the local newspaper, at malls, etc and she expects a huge turnout. She says there'll be 50 other stalls there. I just hope it doesn't rain!!

I am now thinking it might be better for me to sell my craft supplies, rather than my handbags. Does anyone have any ideas for displaying supplies? It would be much easier displaying handbags but there are sure to be other handmade handbags there at the market. I'm really torn and I guess I need to make a decision one way or the other!
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« Reply #32 on: October 15, 2004 02:19:17 PM »

Sarah, do you have enough room to sell both?  I use a hat stand that my uncle made to display my bags. It doesn't take up much room and then I have the whole table to display other stuff.
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« Reply #33 on: October 15, 2004 06:54:46 PM »

Hi Elwood,

I guess there's no reason for me not to sell both huh?  The hat stand is a great idea - I could possibly use a coat stand also and put that to the side and then use the table for my other gear.

Thanks for your help.
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« Reply #34 on: October 15, 2004 07:06:03 PM »

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do one show where your stuff sells well and there'll be no turning back, you'll be addicted ;-).

God, it feels great, wenn your stuff sells!!!!!
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« Reply #35 on: October 24, 2004 11:28:59 AM »

I'm going to be attending my first ever craft fair to sell my wares this November. I make hemp, and other jewlery, but i'm really worried that i might not have anugh to sell, or that my things won't sell. If anyone has any display ideas or and advice to offer at all, i would really appreciate it. Tongue
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« Reply #36 on: October 24, 2004 12:08:07 PM »

I went to a craft fair/show thinger yesterday and there was a person who had some hemp necklaces up. The way she displayed them made me stop and look at them. To display them, she had taken a piece of white cardboard and put slits where she put the ends of the necklace/bracelet, so they were standing vertical. Then the piece of cardboardwas propped up so you don't have to look down to see them. I think that was a good idea. I hope you understand. I think I used more words than necessary to explain a simple idea.
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« Reply #37 on: November 01, 2004 12:19:26 PM »

I am going to sign up for a teeny tiny show at my Temple....it is called the Hanunukah Boutique and will last only three and a half hours.  I am going to sell flower pins and maybe soaps.  It is tough b/c if only the older folks ar shopping......I doubt my stuff will appeal to them.  I only have to pay 15% of my proceeds which benefit the Sunday School Program.

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« Reply #38 on: November 02, 2004 12:17:04 PM »

I am going to sign up for a teeny tiny show at my Temple....it is called the Hanunukah Boutique and will last only three and a half hours.  I am going to sell flower pins and maybe soaps.  It is tough b/c if only the older folks ar shopping......I doubt my stuff will appeal to them.  I only have to pay 15% of my proceeds which benefit the Sunday School Program.

Any suggestions?HuhHuh?

What your selling may not appeal to the buyers, but it may help them with gift ideas. Make signs that say "Looking for the perfect gift? Look over here!" ot something like that. Also, remind customers that a portion of sales helps the Sunday school children. They may want to dish out a few bucks to help the children or to solve that last-minute gift issue. Good Luck!
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« Reply #39 on: November 04, 2004 09:43:02 AM »

I am going to sign up for a teeny tiny show at my Temple....it is called the Hanunukah Boutique and will last only three and a half hours.  I am going to sell flower pins and maybe soaps.  It is tough b/c if only the older folks ar shopping......I doubt my stuff will appeal to them.  I only have to pay 15% of my proceeds which benefit the Sunday School Program.

Any suggestions?HuhHuh?

i think the older folks might go for the soaps! it's good, though, that you only pay a commission on what you sell. just in case and all. good luck!
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