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shadojake
« on: July 25, 2014 07:55:32 PM »

I got a phone call this week from someone at a local radio station.  The radio station is planning a women's expo type event but it will be on a small scale, based on where the event is located.  The woman at the radio station said she got my name from a platation that used to run a craft show for many, many years but recently discontinued it.  They thought I might be interested in the womens expo.

The event will be indoors.  Booths are 10x10, 10x20 and antoher size which I cannot remember but is between the two sizes mentioned.  The 10x10 booth is $300.  Of course the booth fee is more as the booth gets larger.  They are providing a tent and one table.  The even is for 4 hours (2-6 PM) on a single day.

I was quite surprised at the booth fee .... $300 for only 4 hours.  I have paid close to that for a booth but it was a 2 day event that was all day long both days.  I am quite curious if they will be able to rent any booths.  I am already comitted to a 2 day even that weekend.  Even if I weren't committed, I would not do this small event.  It is a lot of work to set up, even given a 2 day weekend.

I am curious .... what is the most you have paid for a booth?  What is the shortest event you have done?  Would you consider a short event again?
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« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2014 07:58:52 PM »

Forgot to answer my own questions .... I have paid $250 for a 2 day event and that is the most expensive.  My shortest event has been the typical 1 day event that was about 8-9 hours.  I will not consider a show that is less than a full day.  it takes as much effort to set up for one of those as it does a full 1-2 day event.
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Chris in VT
« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2014 03:32:35 AM »

I wouldn't even consider that show.
It's a women's expo which means you will be among makeup companies, jewelers galore, pots & pan sellers, cutlery, etc if in fact they're selling spaces at all.
I always figure when they start looking for crafters selling things aren't related to the event, they're now 'selling real estate'.
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« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2014 10:57:26 AM »

Even if I were not booked that weekend, I would not do it.  It is too much prep and set up for such a short event.  Plus too much of a fee for the short selling time.

You are probably right though about them looking for fillers for spaces.  I don't know many local people who first --- can afford that fee for such a short event, second --- who have the weekend available at this "late date" if they are serious about their business.  Down here Sept., Oct., and Nov. are prime months for shows.  Weekends in those months book fast and some shows have been taking apps for a while now or have already closed registration.
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Chris in VT
« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2014 03:30:45 AM »

We're pretty much booked every weekend from Labor day until the first weekend in December.
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« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2014 05:56:32 PM »

We have paid $400 - $450 but it usually a two or three days shows that have good attendance numbers. I personally would not go to that show and pay $300 for a short period of time. Your time is money, set up, and your expenses.
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Chris in VT
« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2014 03:25:30 AM »

We have paid $400 - $450 but it usually a two or three days shows that have good attendance numbers. I personally would not go to that show and pay $300 for a short period of time. Your time is money, set up, and your expenses.
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alteredsense
« Reply #7 on: September 15, 2014 06:20:46 PM »

This expo doesn't happen to be in Battle Creek, MI does it?
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shadojake
« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2014 05:59:50 AM »

If you are referring to the original post, no, it's in Louisiana.
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« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2014 08:06:42 AM »

Oh okay. we are thinking of doing a Women's Expo, and it is the same fee, and same size tables. Fun stuff.
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« Reply #10 on: January 09, 2016 01:39:54 PM »

I haven't done an expo but my understanding is that most people attending are looking for information and freebies.  The crafters I've talked to don't seem to think they are at all worthwhile.  That goes for the baby and wedding ones as well.
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« Reply #11 on: May 12, 2016 11:54:58 AM »

Yikes! That for sure sounds more like a commercial vendor fee. But high even for that. The most I've spent was $600 for 3 days at a big campout music festival in CA (where I live). It was a great festival with big name bands, but the cost was too high for the sales I got. I can do the same $$ at a show half that expensive, I feel like they are charging for fest tickets on top of the booth for this one. I can't stand 1 day events usually, like the OP said... takes the same effort to set up for 2-3 days as for 1. I'm working on streamlining my setup (it's huge, I make clothing) for some small 1-day events in my home town. We'll see how it goes!
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