So as I continue to look at the business side of doing scrollsaw work, that is earning money for your (my) work, I am collecting information from all available resources. Most of this information will be used, in the initial stages, to attend Craft and Woodworking shows. There seems to be so much information available that with a little research one should be well prepaired to attempt this type of operation. So here is the information I have found, so far.
1. Research the type of shows available that you will attend. What types of crafts are displayed there and do you kinow anyone who has attended these shows. How much will be the fee to attend and is it in your current budget. What will you need to take other that your great products you make. Do you have a table, table cover, how will you display your items. Most important seems to be to decided on what itmes you can take that will quickly sell and make back you fee for entering the event.
2. What items will you take. At first I wrote down a list that started out like Trivets, Boxes, toy cars, Clocks. Before I realized it I had a list of about 30 catagories – way to many to start with. What I had to decided is what do I really want to make or like to make. That got me to a list of about three catagories – much better. Now I can spend time looking at how many of each catagory I want to make.
3. Look at how long the show will last and how you will cover the table at all times. Will you need two, three or more persons. Don’t over look this point because you most likely can’t cover a show by your self. YOu have got to have time for lunch, potty breaks, running to the car for more sellables, what ever.
4. How are you going to price your items. Too low and you are just giving iot away and too high and you get to take it back home. I read on article about a person that had been in the business for five years and he had a system of keeping track of how long it took to build each item, how much the material cost were and what profit he would add on to each items sold. I would think it would be best toi start our be attending several shows and seeing what priceing is being charged. Also, if you could gather several friends at some proicing party and see if they can help you price the items. Most likely you will start out low and build your pricing as to gain experience in the craft show business.
5. Are you in this process of the long haul. IS this something that you will be doing for years to come or just a passing fad. I would think that a realistic decision here would be in order. Are you committed to this process or not. I am convience that a person, with some talent and willing to learn can make some reasonible money at this process. That is my plan.
Just my rambeling thoughts on the craft show scene.
-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.