I know I am kind of late to get into the Craft Shows this year but first I need to decide if doing Craft Shows is the thing for me. Do I want to tie up my weekends with the shows.
But first I guess a little background on me. I love woodworking. Seeing a finished project that someone likes and uses is enjoyable. As I am sure most do I hate sanding and I constantly work at trying to cut down on the sanding. I work full time in IT for a large company. I am leaving at the end of the year.
One of the ways I was looking to provide some income is to do some woodworking. After reading a lot and researching what seems to work and does not work it appears just a website is not going to cut it. So I have to find other avenues to drive business and to drive customers to my website. Thus this journey. Is craft shows one of the ways I can drive business? What seems to sell at Craft Shows and is this something I want to try?
So I have identified 9 Craft Shows withing a reasonable distance from where I live from now to the end of the year. I have decided to look at the larger craft shows (based on numbers the Shows provide) to see just how big they really are. Then I want to attend as many of the shows as I can. I know it will take up a full day for each and will have some costs involved – gas, food, etc.
I understand that these shows are not the cheap shows. I also understand that most (actually I believe all) are Juried so if I find I do want to do shows I will have to do some small shows this year yet to get my pictures and history that I can use with the Juried shows next year. I also understand that I will have to see what the vendors who are selling wood related products are selling and how they seem to be selling and at what price. No sense going into it if I am going to lose money or not sell anything. Dusty