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My journey with Craft Shows #3: My first Major Craft Show

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Blog entry by Dusty2004 posted 06-25-2012 12:29 AM 1137 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, if my first trip to see a large show is any indication of how this journey is going to go…

I researched Craft Shows online. This craft show that I attended today said they would have 10,000 individuals attending. We were at the craft show for about an hour – left to get something to eat – then returned to the craft show. When we were there the first time – there could not have been 30-50 people there. I know it was a little early but that was a shock.

I talked with some of the vendors. One was selling paintings. I don’t know how he sells any. He is not personable at all and was unwilling to chat. One we spoke to was selling jewelry – I asked him how it was going and how it compared to last year. He said he did not know as this was only his 2nd show total. One vendor said they were at the show last year and the crowd was down from last year so far. He said they were doing OK. I did not want to press as to what OK was. I should have asked more about how many people came on Saturday.

When we came back about an hour later there were maybe 60-80 people there. Not what I would expect for a total crowd of 10,000. There were only about 30-40 booths in the show. The area where the show was held was a little run down and that was surprising to me.

So trip 1 – a big disappointment. We are not going to any next week but the following week we are going to 3 of them. That will be a busy day but I think we have a better chance of seeing a good show as all 3 of the boast large numbers. We shall see…

Thanks for reading.

Dusty



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jcsterling

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#1 posted 06-27-2012 10:38 PM

where was the show?

-- John , Central PA , www.jcsterling.com on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/JC-Sterling-fine-furniture/104430802928776

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#2 posted 07-02-2012 05:58 PM

John:

Conneaut Lake Park south of Erie.

What shows have you done in PA? What are the crowds like? I see you sell furniture and you have some nice pieces there. Do cutting boards, pens, etc sell at all at the shows you go to?

Thanks,

Dusty

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#3 posted 07-03-2012 04:28 AM

Shows I have done in PA : Central Pennsylvania festival of the arts (state college),shadyside (pittsburgh), a fair in the park (Pittsburgh), Mt Gretna, Pennsylvania guild (blue bell), pennsylvania guild (lancaster), Pennsylvania guild (philadelphia),Philadelphia furniture show.

cant say for sure how well cutting boards and pens sell but I would imagine if you have a good product nice display and show some salesmanship you would sell them . ....notice i didn’t say they had to be at a certain price..

-- John , Central PA , www.jcsterling.com on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/JC-Sterling-fine-furniture/104430802928776

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