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#1 posted 05-15-2012 04:08 PM

Hello Joshuah. I do about 15 – 20 art/craft shows a year. Robert is correct that the bigger the fee, the better the customers.

As far as taking credit cards. I always take credit cards as it is a great way for them to add more to the order. I use Square(website= They do not charge any annual or monthly fee and the money from swiped cards are deposited the next business day into your account. They even provide the card reader for your smart phone for free. It’s a great way to get started for little cost.

As far as building goes, definitely do production line working. Saves you time on tool setup for each operation. I would also advise that you visit other craft shows and look at the way the displays are setup, how the displays are made and what material they use. If they are not busy, ask them questions as each one of us is proud of our display and will help you out with our ideas.

For more information, check out the Sweating for the Bucks forum. there is a topic posted that has a good video posted that talks about doing shows. It is a good one for new people to the business of shows.

If you have any questions, let me know.

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