Today I signed up for my first official craft/art fair! It is being held in Bloomington, IN (home of IU) and I am super excited! I have never really sold at a real craft fair, so hopefully I do well. I am basically taking this as a learning experience since I do not have an official sign, fancy set up, or credit card machine.
I started a thread about two days ago about craft fairs to see what other's tips and opinions are about them and tips for a newbie.
Fluffy Flowers' blog had some great tips for farmer's markets and fairs that I have been looking at as well! It is a whole series of blogs about set up, other vendors, promotion, pricing, etc. I found this very helpful, as well as the thread I started. Thanks for everyone who gave me input!
Tips to Remember:
-Put a blank book out for customers to sign up for an e-mail list.
-Have a drawing (place it near the book for them to sign up for the e-mail list and raffle at the same time).
-Put tables in a U shape if you have more than one.
-Use layers and levels when displaying items in your booth.
-Have business cards!
-Get a tall chair and do not sit behind the table the whole time.
-Make eye-contact and be friendly. If you are fake, it is noticeable!
-When people ask you how your day has been, answer positively, "Great, I am having fun." Customers do not want to hear you complain or that you have not sold anything.
-Have many items with different price ranges. Make sure some things are low in price for those who feel they just have to buy something!
Etsian CoryellDesign also put a nice list of things not to forget to bring (about midway though the page).
Have you ever participated in a craft/art fair? Do you have any tips for me or other readers? Please comment here! I would love to hear what you have to say.
Also, I have a survey at the top about things I should bring to sell at the fair this weekend. Please vote. I would like to see what is popular from my shop in your opinion!