Crafts Shows R Us #9: Wouldn't you know it.....

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Blog entry by closetguy posted 12-02-2008 10:06 PM 1627 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Go Vols! For those who watched the Tennessee-Kentucky game last Saturday, I hope you saw me waving in the stands. I was the wet and cold person. Ok, so everyone was wet and cold. It was still a good game. It’s amazing how 44 degrees feels like 34 when it’s raining. We got there about two hours before kickoff and holed up in a sports bar on the strip and watched the final of the Georgia-Georgia Tech game. My wife had to practically drag me out when it was time to walk over to the stadium.

Well, it was bound to happen. After receiving notice about three weeks ago that I had not been accepted in the Atlanta Sugarloaf Festival, they called three days before show set up and tell me that I’m in. It was a difficult decision, but I turned them down because of the short notice. I completely zoned out and didn’t hit a lick the whole week of thanksgiving because I knew I didn’t have anymore shows. Had I known earlier, I would have had time to get ready for it. I have been selling quite a bit online over the past couple of weeks and I haven’t taken the time to start replacing inventory. While I was talking to the promoter I took the time to ask the details of the show and was kind of blown away by the final cost.

This is a big indoor show and the booth cost is $425, but they estimate around 20,000 attendees. However, I didn’t know that they require, but don’t provide, pipe and drape for the booth. This was going to cost me an additional $200 for a total show cost of $625. I’m not sure which scenario changed my mind, the short notice or cost, but I just cannot justify in my mind that kind of cost for a 10×10 booth for three days. I may just stay with outdoor shows next year for this reason. If the weather is good, there is much better value.

Anyway, my online sales continue to hold steady. There’s no doubt it’s because of Christmas. I have a lot of people ordering multiples of the same item, so you know it’s for gifts. I finally got started building my inventory back up this week, so I have lots of glued up boards sitting around the shop waiting for glue to dry. I also have a couple customers who have bought new houses (I didn’t know people were still doing this), and need their closets done so I’ve got to leave a warm shop this evening and go on appointments on the other side of town. Hopefully, they are big $$ closets.

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday!

-- I don't make mistakes, only design

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#1 posted 12-03-2008 12:36 AM

After doing shows for 15 years I gave up on them several years ago. With the high cost of most shows and gas to get there, a lot of the time I would be lucky to break even. I finally decided when I got a hankering to go to a show that I would just pitch a couple Lazy Susans and some boxes in the ditch, and pretend I went. That way I could stay home and get more done around here. Either way I ended up about the same, money wise. That is when we started doing it on the internet.

-- It’s not so much what we know that causes the trouble, it’s what we know that’s not so.

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#2 posted 12-03-2008 03:01 AM

I am doing a small one this saturday, 10a till 3p. Entry fee was only $35. I still have alot of inventory left from the show Greg and I did back in October, so I don’t have much to prep for this weekend.

-- Adrian ..... The 11th Commandment...."Thou Shalt Not Buy A Wobble Dado"

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#3 posted 12-03-2008 04:54 AM

Good luck on the closets. Retail sales are 10.2 billion over last year, I think you may have lost a few thousand dollars the big shows are where the $$$ is at for sure.

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#4 posted 01-12-2010 12:48 PM

Still looking for the meaning of life at the markets… lol

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