Our booth got lots of compliments on set up. We had great height and depth going on and I was pretty proud since we weren't able to do a practice set up beforehand.
|Note to self, remember to adjust lighting and retake bad pictures.|
We met a lot of amazing people, Caramel Creations was the booth right next to us! We got lots of delicious samples and were inspired by the story of this amazing company started by a mother and two daughters. The other vendors were very friendly and helpful.
The time flies by! While we were never wall to wall people it stayed pretty busy and time at the table flew by. Between visiting, crocheting rugs, eating and bathroom runs the day was over before we knew it!
Have a partner. I couldn't have done this without my friend, Natosha from OneBlessedMommie. We found it easier to talk about each other's products than about ourselves and ended up being saleswomen for each other. It's great to have another set of eyes and hands around to bounce ideas off of and allow you to leave the table or chat a bit. It also allows you to run out and nab a tasty gluten free lunch!
Get your rest! It makes your time a lot less overwhelming and helps you deal pleasantly with the customers.
Bring drinks and snacks. While this may not be allowed in all venues it's really nice to have some water to sip on. With my diabetes and celiac, snacks are a must too. Make sure they are easy to eat and don't leave your hands messy.
DIVERSIFY! We probably heard and later read this tip the most. We had mid to higher priced items so missed those customers looking for something small to pick up.
Don't give up! Since it was our first show we were warned not to expect too much.
It was great to get live feedback on our items and see people's reactions as they interacted with our products.
I learned I must get used to hearing, "Oh these are SO cute! But I don't have a baby."
My friend heard, "Oh what a great idea!
"That's just a board?
"I've been trying to make something for my jewelry."
We had to learn tact and patience to politely reply to people when we felt like her hard work and great product was getting the short end of the stick.
|My favorite jewelry organizer|
Here's a few links I found the day before or right after our show: Handmade Jane; Etsy Article
This is an amazing pinboard with lots of great display ideas:
Do you have any great craft show tips? I'd love to hear other thoughts and ideas.
Oh my goodness gracious, those boots are adorable! I wonder if I could force Walnut to wear them since I don't have a baby...
So glad your first craft fair was successful! I've toyed with the idea before, but after helping a friend set up for a bridal fair I became disillusioned. Then again, that's a very different feel, so maybe I'll casually entertain the idea again. Hmm...
Your stall does look beautiful! and stocked with such lovely goodies! It is hard to hear criticism of your handmade items, but people sometimes are just trying to come up with a "reason" for not buying. It's probably not personal, and not aimed at hurting anyone's feelings :)
Thanks Cindy! If I could make elven cat shoes I bet Walnut would wear them... I always said if I couldn't sell them as baby shoes I'd say they were pet shoes. I think all pets would hate me then for having to prance around with shoes on. "What silly people!" they'd say.
I've never been to a bridal fair but it sounds much more high stress then a craft fair. You should think about it and do your research in finding a fair that caters to your target market. The general consensus of what I saw and read was try your best to find a mostly or all handmade show and go cheaper on booth fees so you can gain experience without breaking the bank.
I never thought that it might have been people trying to talk themselves out of our amazing, irresistible stuff! Thanks, Carolyn!
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