The California Crafters Club of Etsy (CCCOE) is a group of independent artists, crafters, & artisans from California who sell their wares on Etsy.com.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Craft Fair Show Advice

I asked the team to give us their best advice for doing a craft fair...

ohmay says:
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.
Hand Braided and Beaded Women Eye Glass Lanyard / Holder / Chain / Leash - Pink Heart Eye Glass Holder
Hand Braided and Beaded Women Eye Glass Lanyard


anniekdesigns says:
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. 
Modern Wristlet, Moda Juggling Summer Wristlet, iPhone6 Plus, Samsung 5/6 Carryall Wristlet, Fall Wristlet, Handmade by AnnieKDesigns
Modern Wristlet

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.
Lip Balm Holder with Clip
Lip Balm Holder with Clip
How about you? Any good advice for someone doing a craft fair?

3 comments:

  1. Great post. I will be using these tips at my first show in December

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    1. Make sure to check out the previous posts in this topic:

      http://californiacraftersclubofetsy.blogspot.com/2015/08/craft-fairs-for-beginners.html

      http://californiacraftersclubofetsy.blogspot.com/2015/09/a-first-craft-fair.html

      There are more helpful tips there. (At least, I hope they're helpful.)

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