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ScrollSaw Information and Resources #14: First Craft Show - It Was Fun

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« Part 13: Being Productive in Scrollsaw Projects Part 14 of ScrollSaw Information and Resources series Part 15: Consignments Stores - Are They Worth It? »

As any or you know who have looked at my postings for the past month or so I attended my first craft show last Saturday. This was a local event at a mission location of my Church. Seemed to be a safe place to start and it helped a cause the I well support.

Overall I think I did fairly well. On of the first rules of craft shows is to recover the amount of your booth space. I did that in the first hour. Secondly is to sell some product and I well did that. Thirdly is to gauge the quality of your product against what customers are looking for. Mostly visitors told be that like the things I had displayed and thought is was really nice looking. Forth, is to gauge the price of your items. Are they to high or to low and I think I hit both of those marks. A hard on to judge in scrollsaw work. Number five is the selection of product that you may have brought. Yes, next year I will have the selection different. More of this and less of that. And lastly, number six, would I do it over again. In a heart beat. Watching people really treasure what you have made was the real fun of it all.

One last thing, a special helper showed up to spend some time in my booth. My granddaughter came (with mom and dad of course) and I had a name badge ready for her. So she was my helper for about an hour and that was a real special treat. She likeed it so well that she had to bring her name badge to Church on Sunday, fixed onto the strap of her purse. That was special.

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.



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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#1 posted 1051 days ago

It was great to read about your experiences at the show. I am happy you did well and that you felt at ease in those surroundings. By looking at the six points and evaluating things the way you did, it looked to be an overall positive experience and will be even better next year. So many people just judge by dollar amounts and nothing else. I have had some of my best sales long after the shows are over when people pull out my business card and order something. You need to look at the long term impact you had by participating and meeting people as well as your products.

I am happy for you. You seemed to have a great time with your assistant by your side and I am sure you made some great memories for her too. :)

Thanks for reporting on your day!

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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mainwoodworks

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#2 posted 1051 days ago

I would be very interested in knowing what types of items sold best and what price range sold best.

-- Measure twice, cut once, and hope for the best.

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Vicki

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#3 posted 1051 days ago

Congrats! I’m happy for you that it went well. I appreciate the info as my first craft fair will be next month.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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jerrells

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#4 posted 1051 days ago

Thanks greatly for the replys. Most of the information I posted comes from different LJ post on craft shows.

Answers

1. Pricing & Items: the prices of items I took were $7, $12, $25, $40 and $75. The last three prices and items came home with me. I kinda expected that but you have got to show that you are a serious scrollsawer thus higher priced, more complex items. The price range the sold the most were $7 and $12 and one of the $25. Lots of low dollar items sell best. Things that you can stack cut are great for helping increase you use of time. All of the items were in the ornament catagory as you have seen for the last two months posts. Traditional navitity ornaments, some 3D ornamnets and some pet ornamnets were what sold the most. I sold two coroose and wish I had taken more. Also, an example or two of customizing and ornamnet with a name. I did sell one and I made this monrning.

2. Take a note pad and make notes as you think of things for the next show. My table will be larger and I will have more product. Not that I ran out but just to display a wider range of items. Also, I took a range of paper bags but will do a better job next year of having the correct size and, perhaps, my name stamped on them.

3. I took a E-Mail sign up sheet but it did not work at all. Perhaps I did not push the idea enough times.

4. Business cards – a must. For this show I just printed my own and used them.

Hope this helps.

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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mainwoodworks

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#5 posted 1051 days ago

Thanks, That is the type of info that is worth its weight in gold.

Our church is having a crafts fundraising in a couple of weeks. I think it is a silent auction, but not sure as yet.
I donated lot of the extra Christmas presents I made for this year (all scrollsaw stuff). Hope it does well.

-- Measure twice, cut once, and hope for the best.

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