Craft Shows - Tips

What would you change about the way you do craft shows?
Posted By: luci
Date: 2003/4/10 3:20 p.m.

Re: what would you change the way you do
2003/4/10 3:20 p.m.

Last year I started hauling in my display and items the night before the show (when it was possible). I didn't display anything until the next morning, but it was a whole lot easier and less hectic just setting up in the morning than when I have to do everything. theresa

2003/4/10 3:20 p.m.
Re: Be totally organized and prepared
well in advance But it never seems to happen for me...I'm a deadline type of crafter I think...wait until the last minute-then stay up all night for a week to get it all done But if I could change it, I would make sure all is done in advance, tagged, packed and stored in a nice, neat trailer waiting to be pulled to the next show

Re: That's what I like to do too Theresa if the
2003/4/10 3:20 p.m.

show will allow it. All but 1 show I do allows for day before setup and it sures does make a difference on the "tired" factor the next day. I usually set it all up if it's inside and out and ready to set up if it's an outside show .sharon

for the area I'm in and the # of crafters and . .
2003/4/10 3:21 p.m.

shows, I'm going major catalogue type orders, with locations they can see the stuff at when I am showing. Have created many folks who like what I'm doing, but never come to the shows. Also, there are soooo many "shows" with sooooo many crafters, sometimes it seems they're the only ones there! Found I could take the money those shows cost me and spend on printing or printing supplies and my own advertising, and be money ahead. Will let you know how it turns out... karen

Re: for the area I'm in and the # of crafters and
2003/4/10 3:21 p.m.

Yes, I'm making a catalogue of things I make to leave with folks I know. Think about the people you come in contact with and if you're like me chat with. After asking for different things I peaked their curiosity, so they asked what I was doing with "whatever" and I'd tell them I'm crafting and making such and such. Wow, like to see it... So thought if they can't come to me, I'll take it to them.

Think about the people you come in contact on a daily basis, but don't visit at each others' houses. They're acquaintances that you chat with at the stores clerks, from schools when your kids were there [PTA!] or sports activities or such. They all have people they buy gifts for during the year. Once they know they can call and I can deliver to their work or such, it will build up to be a regular business without the retail frontage.

That's the general plan. I have the digital camera I'm learning how to use, the puter and printer, and supplies. Now for the energy to make the stuff, photograph it, print the pics, distribute the "catalogue" ~ which might be between 3 and 4 am with the schedule I have at the moment.. karen

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