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Posted on Need input from from people who sell at craft fairs and shows

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#1 posted 04-29-2013 01:26 PM

Arts and crafts fairs usually charge an entry fee, plus the gas expense, lunch and snacks, a 12×12 tent and signage… you’ve spent at least 200 before you even start. Which is fine if you are selling stuff.

Have you thought about selling on Craigs list or E Bay? I guess if you’re in the middle of a wood carving community and there are no sources for exotic woods, that would be the exception.

I frequently go to art shows, flea markets and sometimes garage sales and I’ve never seen a booth selling just exotic woods.

I would have been interested because I turn stuff and build jewelry boxes but I would know pricing and be looking for a deal. I can’t imagine the other people having a clue what you are selling. Very small informed buyer group.

What about making simple stuff like cutting boards and small boxes? You can also find a good local bead/ jewelry maker you like and sell their stuff in your booth too. You share the costs, get a commision and your booth looks more inviting to check out. A good display and well designed signs makes a big difference too.

This is what I see selling: $50 gifts – Turned christmas ornaments and candle holders, cutting boards, small candy bowls, ring holder bowls, mission mirror frames, jewlery/ memory boxes, artsy vases, walking canes, yard art, planters, bird houses, etc. Peole love that stuff, especially if it looks custom made and is below 59.95.

I saw one booth that sold only bandsaw boxes – three little sizes – 2×3, 3×4 and 3×6”, dozens of wood choices, grain patterns and colors. He sprayed inside with red felt and sold them for 19.95, 24 – 32.00. They sold like crazy.

It would be fun just to be a part of the art show experience but it would be even better if you had some cool stuff you made to show off – I mean, sell and actually made a profit. At least break even.

Whatever you decide to do, it sounds like fun. Good luck!

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