Sunday, December 5, 2010

Craft Show Booth Success: Part Two




Wow, I'm still tired. I did well for my first craft show, but will I do it again? Yes, but not during the holiday season. Too much work and stress added to this crazy time of year. 

Anyway, I thought I’d post a few pictures of my booth and add a few more tips or "lessons learned" for Part Two:

1.    Be positive! Smile and engage people when they enter or come up to your booth. Most people love to chat a bit (and if they don’t you can tell right away, but at least you tried, you know?) My sister and I watched several other vendors who were scowling and complaining about the sparse crowd … no one even approached them in the first hour. Why? They were downright scary with their scowls and frowns.

2.    As I said before, grab attention! I placed what I thought were my most interesting items up front and even if people didn’t buy, they came up to my booth. I also posted this sign, which garnered a few chuckles.
  
3.    Bring a small waste/garbage can!! Carmen from Beyond the Fringe recommended this to me, and boy, was she right! We really needed it for paper scraps, wrappers, etc. Unfortunately, I didn’t bring one, (ahem, Stacie).

4.    Bring someone or arrange for someone to help you or to give you a break. Having my sister Stacie there was invaluable! She helped me set up, sell and she took care of the money while I talked with customers. She was so super helpful, I honestly couldn’t have done it without her. Thanks sis!

      One last word of wisdom, have fun! I really did enjoy being there, but I think I’ll stick with my esty shop next Christmas season (or at least do an earlier show). 

3 comments:

Jane said...

Great tips. I do one show a year with my mother and it's in early October. And you are so right about engaging people....I took a break and visited some other booths and they made me feel like they didn't want me there.
Glad you and your sister enjoyed yourself.
Jane

Beth Adams said...

Glad it went well for you. I will be doing craft fairs after I move to the mountains in Pennsylvania. It seems like the right place for them. Thanks for the tips! I will probably have to hire someone to smile for me since I don't do it all that much. lol
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Jan @ bobbypins boardwalk said...

Congratulations on a successful craft show. Everything looks wonderful. I know they're a lot of work, aren't they? Glad it paid off for you! You have the magic touch!