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« on: March 23, 2005 02:04:23 PM »

 I am going to be going to a craft show in about 3weeks and I am working on my stuff for and the more I think about it the more I am worried that my stuff won't sell, so I was hoping that you guys could help me unfortunately I don't have pic to show you but any way. I am making masqurade ball masks pins,decorated wooden spoons,faux stained glass votives,and painted birdhouses. So what do you guys think? Do you think my stuff will sell?
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2005 11:44:22 AM »

HI Good luck with your first show. It sounds like you have a good variety of stuff to place on your stall.

I am replying as I did my first ever craft fair last month. (got another on the 3 april)

I did not sell anything on the day. The other stall holders told me I had picked a terrible day for my first fair (mothers day), as the number of visitors was way down from the expected number.

I did however learn an awful lot from listening to the comments made by the customers, and some from the other stall holders.
The thing that stood out after the show, was that I did not have any cheap and cheerful items to kickstart the selling. That will be rectified this month as I now have some hand made leather keyfobs,pouches etc,which will be sold at a reasonable price.

My main advice is therefore,to have a full range of prices across your items. You have already got a reasonable variety.I think almost anything will appeal to somebody, so time will tell with your products, and with experience you will change items, just I now have new ideas and products to try, even after just one craft fair.

Above all enjoy yourself, and do not get too down if you do not sell out. Remember we are doing this crafty stuff, because we love it.
Have a great day.


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« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2005 03:38:46 AM »

Also, since you have just a differing types of items you are selling, think about your display. You don't want it to be mixed, so shoppers can look atall your variations of one craft and buy it. Instead of flat table, you may want to take one of your storage boxes/bins on top the table, covered with a matching cloth and display items there. Maybe put the 'stained glass' votives up there on a cloth that brings out their colors best.

Can you prop the pins up against the bin you put on the table or are they in a case? Sounds like black is best for those two.

The wooden spoons are going to be displayed in jars or flat?
The birdhouses on both sides should give a nice balance. A black gingham would be perfect, but unlikely to find. Perhaps a grassy green to kinda give the idea of birdhouses outdoors?

Hope I helped some, Enjoy, Beth
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2005 07:45:31 AM »

I have been doing shows here in WV for over 3 years and I understand how you learn from show to show I still learn new things . I use old wooden crates to display stuff on and in . Bakers racks come in handy too. Also a good Idea is to rearrange things often . Often people will come back and say did you sell that ?  Keep your head up and don't get discouraged after 1 bad show .I have found that the Spring shows are slower than the fall ones at least here anyway.    Susan
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