It all started with a suggestion from a friend that I should try selling my products at a craft fair. I am fortunate in that one of the largest craft fairs is in my town at the University of WI Parkside. Attendance is I would guess 10,000. My work is usually build to order so I had nothing to display at a craft show. So my 10 day journey began by putting my on line stores on vacation settings and to begin the grate build to stock a 10×10 space.
I normally work a 40 hour job, and 20 hours a week in the shop. Over the past 10 days I probably put in 70 hours plus my job.
In this time I built 8 one step step stools and five 3 step step stools. By the time of the big sale day I was way under stocked and knew I was in trouble. But my hope was to at least get my booth money back. My wife and son helped me at the sale sight. I have to admit that it was a great sale for those who were properly prepared, and then there was my sad empty booth….But I handed out tons of brochures promoting my work and the big success will probably come about in future sales.
A word about pet mania:
The above picture is of a classic Shaker Style Step Stool, it is not steps for helping the dog get on the sofa. As I recieved plenty of praise for the workman ship and I recieved it well. But some of the drive buys were making me crazy….”Oh how nice, it”s on of those steps to help your dog get on the bed…sofa…RV…..”
In the future I hope to do more craft fairs being a little more prepared and having more variety of product, and of course quantity. My vendor neighbors were great and I had a oppertunity to meet with some local wood workers and talk a little shop and I enjoyed that immensely. But I was also zoned out from over work and it was hard to keep a high energy level for the whole event. I will share a couple of my favorites items that I will sell on line.
In the end it all went to a good cause. We donated a Step Stool to the silent auction and our booth fees went towards the Student Leader Scolarship fund.
-- Bob Kenosha Wi.