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« on: June 15, 2011 07:25:12 AM »

This is my first post here so hopefully it will go smoothly! Smiley Smiley

I'm looking for a bit of advise / opinion on stall freebies..

I've had my first craft stall now, and it did quite well, but was at a Roller Derby bout where a lot of the girls knew me and were sending everyone over to look at my stuff anyway.. but I now want to attend other bigger fairs.

This last week or so I've started making truffles, and if I do say so myself, they're actually pretty damned good! so I was thinking about having a plate full at the front of my stall with a "please take one" sign.

Good idea in theory.. except my business is a jewellery business.... so it's an entirely unrelated freebie! I make polymer clay cupcakes, which is the only food related thing I sell, but I also sell things like Lego jewellery and dolls house jewellery.. so I don't want people coming over expecting a food stall and being disappointed.

So what do we think, is it a genius idea to get people to my stall, or is it a little too random?!

Thanks in advance for your help!
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« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2011 09:46:59 AM »

Having a little sweet to entice people is fine, but you should probably stick to wrapped candies or something. Food laws are very strict, even if you're giving it away.

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« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2011 03:14:59 PM »

I wouldn't spend a lot of time making truffles to give them away for free! When I've had candy at my booth, it was usually someone just passing by who didn't even stop to look at my jewelry, so don't feel the need to go all out.

If however, you wanted to promote your truffles with a separate business card, I think it would be a good idea to put them on your table. Or have your truffles as a gift with jewelry purchase, and include a biz card for the truffles so they could order in the future. Nothing wrong with cross-promotion!

I agree with jungrrl, though, check out your state or local area's food laws. Sometimes items for sale need to be prepared in a commercial kitchen. You may be able to use one at a local school or church if so.


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« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2011 03:57:39 AM »

I agree, many states have become very strict about food. At the very least, it must be in a tamperproof package, even if that package is a baggie that's completely sealed.
Samples must be in individual servings unless the samples are pretzels or crackers used in sampling dips, etc.
To show how this has gotten out of hand, some towns in Massachusetts have banned bake sales, and children cannot bring cupcakes to school unless they're made in a commercial kitchen.

Sell your jewelry and maybe put out some wrapped candy.

There's NOTHING at a craft show, or on Etsy, anybody NEEDS. NOTHING.
« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2011 08:39:24 AM »

Thanks for your responses! Smiley

I hadn't even thoguht about legal connotations!! I've had a look for the laws in the UK and it seems complicated!! So i think you're probably right and I should just avoid it, specially if as Freast you eyes is right and people will just grab and walk off Sad

I don't think my truffles are good enough to sell, so cross business wouldn't really work for me I don't think Smiley

Never mind, cheap wrapped sweets if theres room it is then. Guess I just need to really push the visuals of my display to get people over!!

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« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2011 04:55:38 PM »

People who stop by for freebies are only interested in the free stuff, or they send their kids over to pacify them for a minute. Then you'll get that ONE person who stops by and takes a bunch of your freebs "for later". Totally not worth it.

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