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robert triplett

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#1 posted 05-15-2012 12:43 AM

Joshuah, I am also a teacher and I have been selling at summer craft shows for a few years. I now mainly sell boxes and cutting boards and have done well if i pick good shows. I started going to shows that were small and didn’t cost much. Last year I started doing bigger shows which charge more to enter. I am also looking at where people might be willing to spend more money. I don’t take credit cards, but people who do report it helps sales. I started making things for fun and giving them away. My friends and relatives suggested I could sell things also (or instead of giving it to them??) I have sold all I have made in the last few years. I usually take 20-30 boxes and 20-30 cutting boards to a show and sell about half of them. My advice would be to look for bigger shows that charge $150.00 and up, and that have large crowds. Art shows that are juried are better than ‘craft ‘shows with lots of imported stuff and food. Take a good variety of inventory. Have a good display set up and canopy. Be engaging, but not too pushy. I found good advice here by ClosetGuy in his blogs. I bought insurance last year from ACT, Artist, crafters, and tradesmen, insurance program. I also got cheap, but nice, business cards from Vista Print. Some shows are ‘Art Shows’ because I don’t sell much, but people get out and see some Art. Feel free to ask me questions. It is nice to have some income during the summer and I keeps me out of the house.

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

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