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« on: September 24, 2008 06:30:24 PM »

So, I was going to sell my wares at an upcoming pumpkin patch festival but they are charging $100 per booth, does that seem unusually high to any of you?

It's hard for me to justify paying that, especially when I have only made 1 sale so far...

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« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2008 01:37:27 PM »

Altho it's not overly high, I would say for your first go at selling at a craft fair, it is on the high side.  I would suggest finding a church craft bazaar and starting there.  I paid $20 for my first church bazaar, and I had a lot of fun.  It gave me good selling experience for my first go around at selling my own items.  I just paid $40 for a space at a modern handicraft festival, and I don't think that was too high either. 

$100 for your first festival seems high.  don't forget you'll need to get a state sales tax certificate for most festivals as well. 

good luck!
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2008 10:31:21 AM »

I generally pay between $50 and $85 for the art markets I do, though I've paid as little as $20 and as much as $250.  $100 is a lot, but if it's a big, well-advertised, well-attended event with lots to bring people in and lots to keep them there, then $100 might be reasonable.  If this is an annual event, I'd suggest you ask past vendors how they did.  Were people shopping, or just wandering?  How many vendors did they have, and what type of stuff were they selling?  Keep in mind, too, that your stuff is lovely but inexpensive, and you're going to have to sell a lot of it just to make your booth fee, let alone to make a profit.  So my advice is that you do some homework before you decide.  Oh, one more thing--do they have a policy in place in case the festival is cancelled because of weather?  Do they reschedule, refund all or part of your fee, move the festival to an alternate location?
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