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« on: December 30, 2003 09:50:49 AM »

For the past two years, I have had a small business making costumes and jewelry geared towards belly dancers & "cabaret" dancers.  I'm ready to move into something different, and I'm looking at expanding my jewelry line.

I've found that jewelry doesn't sell well on ebay, so I'm seriously considering going to a few craft fairs during the next year, to see how I do.   I'm interested in the craft shows which are different - alternative - funky.

I'm also curious about renting space in an antique/craft mall. Has anyone had experience with those?

Has anyone had experience with fairs? Do you know of any online listings of them?   Any advice?

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« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2003 04:02:16 AM »

I have had some experience with craft fairs...where you look for listings depends on how much money you have (or how much you're selling your items for).  Some fairs are a few hundred bucks for a table/booth; others (the ones I can do) are much smaller-scale, but only $20 or so.  There are online databases that you can pay to subscribe to, and I actually made the mistake of doing that before I realized that the better fairs for me--the small local ones--aren't even in there.  They just post fliers in the library and ads in the local newspaper and such.  So it all depends on what you're looking for.  Smiley

Anyway, they are absolutely worth doing, regardless.  Even if you hit a crappy sales day, they are really really good for networking!  I've made a lot of fellow vendor friends at fairs who let me know about other fairs and things like that, and then I get a lot of people who call me up after having grabbed my business card at a fair, etc etc.
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