There has been a lot of active craft show discussion lately since we are in the middle of the season for some of us. I was running my spreadsheets the other day and decided to post some numbers to show what is selling here in the South. I took the last eight shows and did a pie chart of the percentage of sales for each category.
I generally have three size boards in both end grain and face grain. Anything smaller is useless and anything bigger presents a transport problem. My sizes are:
Large – 12×16
Medium – 10 ½ x 11
Small – 7×10
Other than cutting boards, I have bookmarks, lazy susans, dipping boards, and wine bottle balancers. The wine holder and lazy susans have only been sold at my last three shows so their numbers are skewed in relation to everything else. The lazy susans have been selling pretty good.
This is the percentage of sales by category based on 472 items sold over the past 8 shows. This information is important for me to know so I can adjust my inventory accordingly.
As you can see, bookmarks are the sales leaders. These are the $5 item that moves well at most shows. The jury is still out on the wine bottle holders. I generally sell a couple at each show, but if they don’t pick up soon, I may trade the space they are taking up with a different product. The breadboards (7×20) are hot at every show. I sold out of them at every show last fall and they continue to sell well this year.
I don’t track which style of board sells the best because I know that from experience. Last year the all walnut end grain boards just sat on the shelf. This year they are hot and I have sold out a few times. Go figure. Next year it may be something else.
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