Every year we see trends in fashion and home decoration ebb and flow, and craft is no exception. This is a cornerstone in being able to set a fair price on your work, and make the highest profit you can. If you are looking for the best of the best in the crafting world, you need to experience a Buckler Craft Fair. I also try to show my unique vision of a variety of other subjects that interest me that separates my work from other local photographers.
We are seeking arts, crafts, photography, retail items & commercial companies, collectibles & festival food. That will give you an idea of the audience,layout and if you see 10 booths that all sell your style of items. Wine bottlle crafts are increasingly popular and so are other upcycled projects like redone windows. By keeping my costs low, I can offer the crafts at low prices at the crafts fair. Heavily advertised in major and local papers with display ads, social media, show flyers.
It is always easier to carry items with a hand truck and if you do not have really heavy items you can get away with a less expensive $35 – $50 folding hand truck that folds flat and take up very little room in your vehicle. When packing my vehicle, I usually put the larger less fragile flat items such as tables or print bins in first on the bottom. When you need something at an art show and do not have it, it’s a good time to add that item to your list. The Craft Fair is open Monday through Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm and admission is FREE.
I have learned that it takes a lot of dedication, time and hard work to make a profit out of doing what you love,” says Whitney Panetta of Look Between the Lines, Keep at it and you’ll likely discover that yes, the right craft fairs catering to the right customers for you are definitely worth your time. I went with my friend Jenny who was selling mason jar soap dispensers, sugar scrubs, vanilla sugars, rosemary salts and her family’s awesome Herb Wreaths My items were all handmade crocheted gifts, so we had a very colorful and diverse table.
Using the proper craft show displays allows vendors to do justice to even the smallest items – so let’s delve a little further into the best kind of fair supplies for your handmade wares. You still need to plan your booth, take photographs, make hang tags, print business cards and QR codes, prep packaging and triple check that everything is ready to go on show day. The craft show and auction make the perfect opportunity to take care of your holiday and Christmas shopping.
I find many items I need at local hardware stores, local art stores or general purpose stores such as WalMart or Costco. Once you’ve finished your first craft fair, give yourself a pat on the back, and set-aside some time to evaluate how you did so you can tweak the way you approach your next one. But I won’t deny, others had too much extra details added which has a tendency to top it over to the tacky realm. I was hooked and I’ve been selling at craft fairs, flea markets and street fairs since then. Aprons are fairly inexpensive for materials and not all that difficult to sew (or so I understand) and there are so many ways to customize them to local tastes and popular themes.
One advantage of setting up part of your tent the previous day is you will be less stressed and not as tired when the art show starts and you are talking to your customers. If the art show allows you to set up the day before the show starts, take advantage of this option if you can. If you can theme your items to appeal to a particular sector, and create a co-ordinated display or store, you’ll do well. This is the first of many years for what promises to be a popular event for the community and beyond. I sold out of my tile/coasters in under 2 hours this weekend, at my local craft fair!
I think the novelty items will get a lot of attention, the little bear hat, the cupcake cozy, and the watermelon purse are all super cute. This very popular annual event is the Historical Society’s largest fundraiser and helps to provide funds for its utilities and programs. With over 40+ years as the venue for a large craft show, Wagner’s is now hosting their own Holiday Craft Boutique, where guests will find treasures for holiday to every day, vintage to present.
The unique requirement that each artist create works as they exhibit or demonstrate their techniques makes this an extraordinary show for both artists and patrons. I show Southwest landscapes since that is the area I am in and landscapes are what Interior Designers seem to want for their corporate customers. The first two Undercover tent models listed below have a 300 denier thick roof with the third listing a more expensive professional model having a 600 denier roof top as well has higher quality honeycombed tubing. White core mats will show a white center that you see in the inside cut beveled edge.
The food vendors may be crowded, expensive or far away, and if you sell cokes and chips on the side, people will thank you for it. A warehouse store like Sam’s club or Costco is a great place to get those things. I sell sewn items (kids hooded bath towels, heat packs, broomstick skirts and a couple of other small sewn items) and I make jewelry from ostrich egg shells that I hand paint. As you look at craft fairs, you may see really elaborate set ups and think you can’t compete.
Strings: You will see many booths and show tables with string art, especially from those artists who specialize in home décor items. The Comox Valley Art Gallery will feature over 60 local and regional artists during our 41th Annual Christmas Craft Fair. I actually ended up hiring seasonal help to get my through the busy time and it’s paying off because the more you have the more you can sell and the better you’ll do. Only crafts juried into the show will be allowed to be sold during the Craft Fair.
If you really have NO idea where to start, then do a basic Internet search for similar handmade items and set your pricing somewhere in the range of what you find that makes you feel confident and happy. To remedy that issue this year, I am charting last year’s most popular items and colors, and am planning to create three times that number of items this year. This show is accepting vendors, and 8′ tables spaces are $25 eac,h which is payable by August 1, 2016.
Etsy needs casual crafters to keep paying the 20-cent listing fees and, if any of the items sell, the 3.5 percent transaction fees and any additional payment processing fees. A well-lit display will really help to show off your items, so ask about power points in advance. Although running a successful craft business takes a lot of time and dedication, it can be very rewarding in terms of both money and personal satisfaction. With approximately 25 spaces available yearly, we are always seeking exciting new crafts for our show. Find out who to talk to so when the next show comes, you are on the artist notification list. Quality always matters in determining how well a product will sell at a craft fair.
I sew dog dresses to sell at craft fairs and although I do buy new fabric from the store, I also get fabric from my local Goodwill. Held in major cities during the holiday season, the Renegade Craft Fair is the world’s preeminent series of events showcasing the best and brightest talents from the modern Maker community. These include jewelry, bath and body products, paper goods, candles and various handmade clothing items. Great Hub – I used to make all sorts of birdhouses and sell them at the flea market.
I prefer to sell my wares (and buy my presents) at local indie craft markets and in curated bricks-and-mortar shops that reflect the flavor of their communities and encourage real relationships between makers and buyers. I know theres a local Country Fair on the last saturday of every month, so I’m aiming to have one at some point this year. At the end of the day when the show is being packed up. It all comes down to whether the vendors presented a great table and were engaging.
Lastly, running a booth at a craft fair is not an easy task, be sure to have some help with an extra pair of hands or two, otherwise you’ll end up burning yourself out and quenching your thirst of selling at shows and fairs once and for all. A traditional holiday raffle, a Chinese raffle, a bake sale, terrific homemade items such as jewelry, crocheted and knitted items, cosmetics, and so much more are also included in the event. If you want to maintain a good reputation in the handmade world, do yourself a favor and only sell your own, unique ideas or work from copyright free patterns.