Thursday, June 13, 2013

Selling Crafts at Craft Shows & Fairs

I am working like crazy to get ready for our big yearly craft show called Backwoods Fest. Woohoo I can't wait! This craft show is known across the United States. For those that have heard of it; yes it is worth paying the high booth fees!

I have been in the crafts industry going on 30 years and I will say this is the biggest and best most profitable craft show I have ever participated in.

Here are just a few quick thoughts on how to sell at a Craft Show

Have a good mix of price points. You should have things to sell in all ranges. Mine go kinda like this

$5.00 to $10.00  For me this is a lot of small baby hats and hair bows/accessories

$10.00 to $25.00 This is for sure the top selling price point. I would venture a guess to say that 90 percent of the sales will be in this range.

$25.00 to $50.00 This is the upper range and I sold out of this range last year as I underestimated. For me this is handmade crochet baby blankets that are very high quality. For sure I will take a lot more in this range this year! My Baby Mason blanket sold for 50.00 at this show and I sold out

$50.00 to $100.00 Last year I did not take anything in this range which was a mistake. I will rectify that this year and report back.

I also got a ton of request for fingerless gloves last year so I am crocheting those like crazy for this year.

My biggest mistake with this show last year was not having holiday themed items (Halloween, Christmas) So I am also making a bunch of those items. Last year we got a booth at the last minute when another person backed out so I really was not prepared. And I way underestimated the crowd this show gets. Its just crazy!

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