Thursday, October 6, 2016

Getting Ready For Craft Fairs *FREE PRINTABLE TAGS*

I love craft fairs.
The more I do the more I enjoy them. Meeting new people, getting to check out other tables, and most of all getting the first hand impressions of my work. Those reactions help SO much when planing your next fair.Think of the weather, who will or may be there, and how much time you will be there.
For example, holidays or upcoming weather change has a lot to do with sales. Especially with crochet.
If you sold coffee or tea you may only change the temperature that you serve it. Crochet is SO much harder. But don't be discouraged! Thinking ahead can make the difference.

For my most recent fair it was all for fun and getting a feel for the big two day I have coming later in the year. (I only have two scheduled for this year) Though I did make money the traffic was just no so good......I won't be doing that particular one next year.

Okay speaking of not sighing up....lets talk table cost.
I highly recommend scoping out your events before sighing up of you can.
If not, try not to spend more than $50.00 for a space/table/.

My first fair I spent $100 for the table and made $9. Yes, just $9. I also drove 3 hours to get there. I never went back needless to say.

My best fairs I spend $15-$25 for a space. I always make over $100...*Knocks on wood*

Okay so check out my table before I load my old gold mini van.

Totes are my best craft fair friends! I tag and organize all my crochet before I load up.
Some carriers are also great risers for your table. See the blue and white box with the star currently?
Well that is wooden and I like to tip that on its side and work out of it. it keeps my cash box out of sight along with a pen and bags tissue paper ect.

Risers are very important and keep you table interesting. Having some items at eye level or a little higher draws attention. YOU WANT ATTENTION!

Okay I do LOVE my totes, and clear ones are great because you can always get the stuff you want without labeling the tote or rummaging.
Check out how to make those cute baskets in the tote like the bird says. HERE

The next thing I make double sure to have is a supply box.
In the box I want:

  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • Pen and Marker
  • Extra tags (check out my free tags)
  • Twine or yarn
  • calculator ( you never know when you're going to have a brain freeze or you phone dies)
  •  Tape
  • Yarn Needle

Baskets are so lovely to look at and are wonderful for holding little crochet things like cloths ornaments or baby toys.
Now long ago I used to do come painting. But just don't have the time and this little table easel is the perfect display for my crochet hats sign.
I edited the sign using word and printed it on old sheet music like paper. Then I popped it into a wooden frame. It was fun at the time and works for now.

Also having a mirror is great for people to try on hats. Everyone wants to make sure that hat not only feels good but looks good!

Paper lunch bags are super cheep and are so earthy. I love them if someone wishes a bag to take home there new crochet treasure.
I got a rubber stamp and place my shop name on the bags.
Last but not least, a plain table cloth and some flowers and candy in a fun bowl will bring my craft fair table prep to a finish.
Plain table cloths help your work stand out.
I love these dried flowers my cousin gave me to draw more attention.
and the bowl of candy....well, Who doesn't like candy??

Here is another photo of the candy bowl AKA lemon juicer! It looks so different as a candy bowl and so rich and sparkly. I had to take it!!

Unfortunately I only took one photo of the actual event. It is a terrible photo, but I promise to do better and take more photos for my two day coming soon!

So just a few last things about getting ready for a craft fair. Stand up, Smile, Learn, And most of ALL have lots of FUN!

Thank you so much for visiting my Blog today! And Please leave a comment and tell me all about your craft fairs.

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