Craftshow weekend

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Blog entry by canadianchips posted 11-07-2010 02:45 AM 1163 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just came home from my first attempt at a 2 day “Christmas ” event. About 15 people all rented the local hall and displayed their wares. My wife decided to rent a space and show my stuff. I have blogged a few times about using re-cycled lumber and making furniture out of it. I thought we need to start somewhere. Well, for 2 days I was given the opportunity to listen to people tell me how unique, how original, and how good the work was. They mentioned prices are fair. All I wanted was someone to buy just one piece to cover the cost of the weekend. Whoops . DIDN’T happen. OH well, my name is out there. (I know it was not the right crowd, first 2 hours in the morning the ”Cane gang” came through. These were elderly ladies that were spending the day looking. Then the NOON gang came. (These were hungry people, they knew the person putting it on for past 12 years made a terrific lunch.) Anyway, Yes I am a bit disappointed. I am confident that the work I am doing will eventualy find a home. Overall it was a good weekend. Met some really kind exhibitors that offered some really good tips for next time. We always will learn something.Patience, RIGHT ?

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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Mike Gadsby

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#1 posted 11-07-2010 03:12 AM

Hang in there it will get better once people know your out there.

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#2 posted 11-07-2010 04:15 AM

Takes time I had two shows that were total flops I have one next week we will see.

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#3 posted 11-07-2010 04:25 AM

The idea sounds good, renting a hall with other similar product level people to sell your goods. I can’t count the events or weekends I spent with vendors that arrived for a flea market. I would think the advertising didn’t get out for your event.

Did the others sell much?

I sell puzzles and the Cane Gang are good customers for their grandkids or great grandkids. Furniture wouldn’t work that well.


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#4 posted 11-07-2010 10:47 AM

I have yet to try the craft market scene… looking forward to trying some shows next year… but I do know about he woodworking shows… I have sold something at ever show But not necessarily all or even the things I thought would sell… remember this is a woodwork show where everyone comes to buy tools and timber… so even selling a few things is good…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#5 posted 11-07-2010 07:13 PM

The idea of selling your work involves giving a lot of thought to the type of buyers who might show up and why they are there. Closetguy’s blogs cover this really well. I just did a one day show at a high school. It was a Christmas Craft Show. It was not a good place to sell items that cost more than $10-20. Few of mine are that inexpensive. I got a lot of compliments, but few sales. It was a nice day to relax and talk to people. I met a few woodworkers. I made expenses. Maybe got a few special orders. I have done better when I pick shows where the venue is intended to be more serious woodworking or art stuff. Then people are coming for that type of work. You did however get some good exposure for your work and some positive feedback. Closetguy suggests paying the money to get into an established show that people know about and which advertises. that is good advice.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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