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Forum topic by OleGrump posted 11-04-2017 11:06 PM 384 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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OleGrump

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11-04-2017 11:06 PM

Beloved Spouse and I attended a crafts show in our area today. Couldn’t help but notice that about every third booth was a woodworker who was selling: Bowls, cutting boards, ink pens, pepper mills and wine bottle stoppers. Exactly the same wares that have been flooding the market for the past 25 years. It was not surprising to see most of these guys asleep in their chairs with no one in their booth. Maybe these folks should check out the LJ projects section to get some inspiration for a few new items. Time to mix it up a bit folks…...

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#1 posted 11-19-2017 06:33 PM

I don’t know where you went to the craft show but here in Western NY my wife and I went to several craft shows this fall. At one show here there was maybe 90-100 venders. There was only 1 woodworker selling his wares. At all the other shows where there were 250-300 venders, I never saw more than 3 woodworking vendors at any show and their wares were different enough that there wasn’t much overlap.

There was however a ton of jewelry venders. I would guess the shows were 15% jewelry vendors.

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#2 posted 11-20-2017 01:53 PM

Here in Maryland, ANY craft show one attends is rife with wood workers, to the point that price comparison shopping is routine. “the guy over in the next row has this for $25 cheaper”....or similar comments are heard all day long. And you are right, there are so many jewelry “crafters”, even MY WIFE just walks past them, as hard as it is to believe!

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#3 posted 11-20-2017 02:47 PM

I wonder if it’s a location thing. When my wife and I first started going to craft shows a few years ago, there were shows with no woodworking booths. Now there are some, but not as many as what you’re experiencing. I agree with you though. If you’re going to sell at craft shows, having a niche item is the way to go. We went to one this fall where a guy had made wooden reindeer. Not like the white plywood ones that are popular. These were 2” thick boards cut out in pieces to make the head, ears, body, legs etc. Legs Doweled in place, the rest glued together and then hand painted. Maybe 30” tall. He was selling them for $75 each. I must have seen 25 people carrying them back to their vehicles in the two hours we were there. His booth was swamped with people. The guy hit on something that worked! On the other hand, at the same show, there was a young guy selling end grain cutting boards for $175. No one was in his booth. They were nice boards but not $175 nice. You not only need to know what to sell, you need to know at what price point things will sell.

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