I have wanted to do this for quite some time, so I signed up to sell at a local craft show/fundraiser for my son’s show choir this Saturday. I’ve been working on my inventory, mainly on weekends, since September. Most of my product can be seen in my recent project posts for those who are interested.
I’ve got more than enough inventory to take care of the show. Actually, I’ve kind of over done it. Besides the woodworking, I’ve set up a credit card reader, started an etsy store (DBWoodOriginals) and am now working on my setup for the show. My space only includes an 8’ table but for $35 what more can I expect?
Here are a few pictures of my practice setup. I’m working with a 6’ table, but I’ll have 2’ more on Saturday. I’m missing room for some golf club coat racks, refrigerator magnets, and pens but the magnets are the most important thing I don’t have in my practice setup. My intention was to raise some of the items up higher, but I’m happy as is (so far). I’ll leave this up for a few days to see how I feel later on. If anyone has any advice, I’d appreciate it.
Close ups. I have utensil examples out to encourage people to pick them up and ask questions.
I don’t have overly high expectations of the show, but I’m hopeful. What I have on the table is less than half of my inventory. I’m trying not to over-clutter the table but as I sell, I’ll replace that item with another. Having been there for years as a volunteer, I’d estimate there are 500 people attending. I’ve been posting on social media trying to generate some interest. I’m not overly worried about sales, whatever doesn’t sell will end up on my etsy store. What I have listed so far is pretty minimal.
I’m working on my list of items to have on Saturday. Business cards, chalk and wet wipes for the price tags, salt for a salt cellar display, cash box, startup cash, my Square, batteries for the clocks, bottled water, and snacks. I’m sure I’ll add to that list before Saturday. If I’m missing something major please let me know.
My next blog post will be how the show went. Hopefully it’ll be a positive experience.