I had my very first craft show experience this weekend with the lovely, Sandy a la Mode.
The show didn't have the traffic we had hoped for so not a ton of sales, but it was a good learning experience & we had a great time with Sandy & her husband!
|Sandy & I shared a booth--a shot of our booth :)|
|a closeup of some of my headbands, clips & props--love the old pepsi crate that i used for hair clips|
|rosette barrettes in fun spring colors--soon to be added to the shop!|
|simple pleated totes--another new item i plan to add to the shop soon! hanging them along the wall was an impromptu decision that thankfully worked out well! tip: always bring extra rope ;)|
|bringing back the hobo satchel in some fun spring designs! the satchel is displayed on a bamboo tripod that ben devised :)|
|more pleated totes, i looooooved the way they looked against the brick wall!|
|my most popular item:: windswept wristlets!|
|another angle of the display, i used chalkboard signs to display my name & pricing :)|
|i love my husband! he endured a day full of craft fair goodness all in support of me:) and helped me with some cool displays that i could not have done without him!|
Overall it was a really good learning experience.
Things I took away:
1. Make sure you know your venue & what kind of crowd it will draw. This was the biggest problem of this fair. It seemed the persons in charge didn't advertise well or much & thus there wasn't much traffic. Also, it wasn't a "handmade only" fair, so there was a lot of disparity between what Sandy & I were selling & what others were selling--I thinking having more cohesive vendors might draw a better crowd. I don't know, just a first timer's thoughts ;)
2. Know your space. Set up a demo- I did a mini demo & this time it worked out pretty well, but I think I could do a better job in the future of doing a mock set-up before hand. Specifically with my purses & totes...I felt there was too much distance between them & our vendor table.
3. Always bring business cards. I was able to hand out business cards to a lot of the other vendors & also the people who came to the fair--I've already connected with a couple of other sellers through my biz cards, so I was happy about that!
4. Have fun & bring fun people with you. My husband, Sandy & her husband made the fair for me. Having fun people around helps to pass the slow times & keeps you encouraged even when you may not be bringin in the big bucks ;)
5. I decided to try out a lot of new products for the fair. Even though I didn't see a huge amount of sales, I did note what the people who stopped by were looking at & this helped give me a good idea of what might go over well in the shop!
All in all, I had a fun time. I really didn't know if this fair would have a good turnout & I guess my suspicions were right, so I wasn't really all that disappointed. Besides, like I said--I had FUN people with me to pass the time ;) We also went to Oklahoma Joe's with Sandy & her husband after the fair, so all in all we left having had a lot of fun, met up with sweet people & with full bellies.
And that my friends, is success.