It was finally sale day! I got started setting up at 6am. I had gotten to bed at 11:30 the night before and had been up since 4 thinking about it so I was already exhausted. The show is run by the high school show choir and was well organized and had lots of kids helping to get everything unloaded. Setup went well and the extra table length compared to my practice setups was more helpful than I thought.
The show started at 9:00. I had a good start and had sold all of my golf club coat racks by 9:30 and later took an order for another. Note to self: make more of those next time.
The morning was very strong, I had $500 I sales by 11:00. This show is built around performances by the elementary, middle school and high school show choirs and a parent run bake sale. As expected, the crowd was spurty and every time a performance went on, sales stopped. The lulls gave me a chance to rework my setup and talk to other vendors who stopped by. I was drawing lots of attention and apparently people were noticing the rookie was doing well.
What drew the most attention throughout the day were the watch clocks and curved spatulas. Those items got people to stop and ask questions. My success seemed to be that I had items in all price ranges and the majority of my inventory was kitchen related.
Somewhat to my surprise, cutting boards sold very well and pens sold much better than expected.
In the end, I had gross sales of $725 which was more than 20x booth fees… way beyond my expectations. Talking to vendors near my space and other woodworkers, they didn’t have the success I did. It was a great experience and I’ll definitely be back next year for this one. I give a lot of credit to the Lumberjocks community for help along the way with advice and encouragement on the craft show experiment and individual project posts. I’m not sure if I’ll do any other shows but I’m considering it. I’ll be working to stock my etsy store to see how that goes.
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