A couple of weekends ago, I sold at my very first craft show. Well, sort of craft show. In May, there is a local music festival where several vendors set up to sell handmade art, jewelry, soap, bags (that’s my stuff), amish handmade rugs and pottery. The main focus of the event is music, but who doesn’t like a little shopping mixed in?
I knew I would not be able to make enough items to fill up an entire booth, so I asked my friend to join. Cara is the owner of a local boutique, The Little Golden Fox, which sells a lot of local handmade items. We created a mini-store in our booth and am pretty sure we got voted most colorful display. I was also lucky enough to have one of my best friends come into town to hang out and help out.
Here are a few tips if you plan to sell at an art fair or craft fair:
1. Plastic is KING (or QUEEN) – make sure you have a way to accept credit cards. I use the Square App on my iPhone and card reader. There is a small transaction fee, but the card reader is FREE and there is not a monthly charge. You can order multiple card readers at no extra charge, so you could have multiple people checking out customers. If you want to get extra fancy, buy a stylus pen for people to sign on your phone…oh yah, impressive!
2. Buddy System – you don’t want to leave you space unattended and you will probably need to eat or use the facilities at some point during the day, so recruit some extra help.
3. Aprons are your friend - I made a craft room apron about a year ago (see tutorial here) and it was perfect for such an event. I was able to carry my money, phone (with the card reader), stylus pen and extra cards. This is great, because you will probably be up and moving around.
4. Let ‘em know who you are - See my sign in the picture above. I had this made by Holly at Word Whipped. It is perfect for such an event. Give your space some brand recognition. Also have business cards by your items. I also like to have hang-tags on all my items.
I really need to be better at pictures of myself…I promise I was there!