I asked the team to give us their best advice for doing a craft fair...
scope out the venue before applying........
If the show is inundated with cheap manufactured items, then your handmade items will likely suffer in sales/pricing as it will not/cannot compete.
If the show draws a certain type of buyers (ie seniors, teens, parents, hipsters, joggers/outdoor type, etc), try to fit your products to the potential buyers.
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Always bring more merchandise than you can sell. Nothing is more off putting than an empty table.
Don't be afraid to change your set up or repackage your items. It took me being part of a co-op store to figure packaging out.
Bring your look book. This is a book that has pictures of the items you have made. Past and present.
Relax and have a good time, regardless of how much you sell.
And after a particularly slow show in the heat last weekend, I (Zizi Rho Designs) say:
Avoid holiday craft fairs in October. Unless the "holiday" is Halloween. Shoppers aren't ready to do their Christmas shopping yet, and turnout tends to be low.
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