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Nicole Randome
« on: June 24, 2004 06:03:06 AM »

I've been invited to do a booth at a high school fundraising craft fair, and I'm seriously considering it for some quick cash flow.  Wink

It's at the end of July, and I'm just wondering which kind of products I should focus on? This I guess will be parents and friends of drill team members, so maybe jewelry? Felted purses? Record bowls or album cover totes?

This is a pretty small fair and very cheap booths so it might be a good chance to get my feet wet, you know? I just don't know which direction to go. Any thoughts?
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craftygurl
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2004 06:35:52 AM »

I think it would be a good idea to sell jewelry, easy purses, and other simple stuff. You should maybe give out buisness cards or something so they can recommend you to their friends, and you can get more buisness! Smiley
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Nicole Randome
« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2004 06:38:28 AM »

Good idea! Jewelry and purses are the fastest things to make anyway. Oh, and a bunch of marble magnets!
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« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2004 09:28:57 AM »

As a veteran craft-fair vendor, this is what has worked best for me:  have 2 or 3 big, expensive items that will draw people's attention over to your table, and have the rest of the items you're selling be relatively inexpensive.  This how I stock my table, and it works pretty well.  People see the big items, get excited and come over and ask the price.  When I say "that's $60", they look a little sad (like they can't afford it), and then I say "but all these items here are in the $5-25 range", and they usually buy something smaller.  And every once in a while, someone does buy one of the bigger items, and that is a huge boost (income and ego-wise!).
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Nicole Randome
« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2004 10:42:27 AM »

pipu, that's brilliant!
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sewing stars
« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2004 11:08:18 AM »

Great minds think alike...That stadegy works really well. My friend and I have been doing that. It was actually her idea. We made quilted art (small quilt tops, like 30"x30", stretched over strecher bars and made hangable) to use as a sort of back drop for our stuffed creatures. It is great! People see them come closer to the table and then see the tons of stuffed creatures on the table too.

Here is a pic (with my friend in it!):



Maybe make some really big handbags/totes stand them up in back and put your smaller lower priced stuff like jewelry up front.
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« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2004 11:10:22 PM »

http://www.hobbylobby.com/site3/projects/HL-183/HL-183.htm

these would be a BIG hit with drill team members, in school colors... i used to be on drill team and we were always looking for something to show our team as unique during award ceremonies Smiley it would be a cute gift for the parents of the squad to buy for their daughters. also, maybe fleece boas? or fleece no-sew blankets in school colors??

http://www.joann.com/content/projects/projectsDisplay.jhtml?articlePath=%2Fcontent%2Fprojects%2Fstatic%2Fnew%2Fno_sew_fleece_blanket.jhtml

the possibilities are endless!
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