Friday, December 19, 2014

Craft Fair Newbie

I was in a craft fair last month and I thought I would share my experience. It is a great way to meet new people and show others the love you have for your business. I share a booth with my friend Rosalynda, I think we make a great team! She sews and makes, purses, make-up bags, bookmarks, coasters, quilts, etc.

Lots of time and preparation go into having enough inventory for your booth. Procrastination does not pay off. It takes lots of planning and many hours to get things done, which I knew, I just underestimated. Lesson Learned. I had many late night craft sessions the week leading up to the event. I will mention, I do have a full time job during the day and two active kids. I just need to plan better next time!

In the end, it all worked out and I was very happy. I think our booth was really cute and pleasing to the eye. We met lots of fabulous people. It was fun watching everyone smile and enjoy our creations. This was the second year we participated in this Craft Fair. I can't wait until next year!

Many of the items I used to display my goods were thrift store finds. I will slowly add more items as I find them. I stacked some small boxes in the vintage suitcase and then laid some fabric over them so I had the products at different levels. Another handy tool is my Square Reader so customers have the option to pay by credit card. It comes in very handy.

I tried to have a variety of items like cards, boxes, treat bags, gift card holders, and other small items that could go to co-workers, classmates or use as stocking stuffers.

A rare photograph of me! Photo cred to my honey.

Quick Tip: an empty Altoid Tin was the perfect size for my business cards. I was inspired by this one from  Cute and easy to make and personalize.

Snacks and water are important in case you cannot step away for a long break. I give props to the coordinators at our event. They sent people around to see if you needed a break and they had a cart going around that sold water, pop and breakfast burritos. Make sure you have lots of change and small bills for cash sales.

I am by no means an expert, these are just a few things I have learned along the way! Do you have more tips or ideas to share? I would love to hear them for my next craft fair adventure!

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