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01-11-2019 03:58 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question craft sale inventory

I’m thinking about selling bread boards, pizza peels, and possibility kids coin banks in a local craft show this spring sponsored for our church. What’s a reasonable amount of stuff to take? I have no idea. I don’t want to have so few of anything that I end up leaving very early but don’t want to have a ton of stuff left over either. Examples can be seen on my projects page but more on my worpress site
https://timsnider.wordpress.com/small-projects/
Suggestions are appreciated —Thanks!!


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#1 posted 01-11-2019 04:13 PM

im thinkin it depends on what the turnout typically is- you may want to ask about that.
id say have 5 of everything and have order forms if you run out ir for custom work.

that link showed me an empty page,too.

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#2 posted 01-11-2019 04:20 PM

oops try this one https://timsnider.wordpress.com/small-projects/ sorry. I corrected it in the main post also

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#3 posted 01-11-2019 05:00 PM

What’s the duration of the show? Some are 4 hours and some are 3 days. Also, have you sold any of the items before? You need to get a feel for what goes fastest and make plenty of those items.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#4 posted 01-11-2019 06:51 PM

The show is 8 hours. This is my first time selling stuff – hence the post.

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#5 posted 01-11-2019 07:22 PM

Bring as much as you can load into your vehicle,counting your display,tables and chairs. Use large plastic storage boxes for your product. If you’re going to do more shows than making more is better. You have really nice products. You will probably be surprised how fast they sell. DO NOT under price your pieces. Just what I have seen on that site, you have very high quality pieces. Your time is worth more than you think. And also don’t over price. I make lots of different types of handcrafts and have found that there are people out there who will pay for ” fine handcrafts” which you definitely have. Might take at least one show to figure what people are willing to pay. Good luck. Let us know how it goes. I’m going to let you see a good craft show portable shelf unit I made.Steve.
The uprights are hinged and shelves just rest on the uprights. It all folds down flat and stores easy.

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#6 posted 01-11-2019 08:22 PM

There are a lot of variables. Like the previous poster said, bring as much as you have in inventory or as much as you can fit in your car. Also you need to consider how much space you’re given. There’s a big difference between an indoor market where you get one or two 6 or 8 foot tables and a parking lot setup where you generally get a 10 foot wide parking space.

For either venue, I’d take one or two high-end pieces like your chess set and G&G side table. Price them high and get them out where they can’t be missed. People will ooh and ahh over them, touch them and it draws them in to see the rest of your goods. You also want a wide range of prices. Someone who sees your G&G table might obsess over it but not be able to afford it, however they’ll feel good walking away with a lesser priced item. Things like coaster sets, trivets and small boxes do well for that. Making items that might complement one another is good, so someone might want a cutting board and then decide to get a trivet and coasters because they look good together.

Probably 6 or 8 each of your cutting boards and pizza peels is enough. It’s no big deal if you run out of them as long as you have a good inventory of smaller items to keep going. Some show promoters take a dim view of anyone packing up early.

Staging is important too. Nothing’s more boring than a table with stuff spread around randomly, looking like a flea market. You have quality pieces, so give them more of a look like you’d see in Williams Sonoma. Have one board down flat like it’s being used. We have a whole collection of fake food for our displays. It gets peoples attention and is goofy enough to start a conversation. The more you can do to get customers to visualize your product in their home the better.

We have products at every show in the range of $19 to $600. We’ve gotten very good at it and now get invited to exclusive events because we up the atmosphere given that most shows feature jewelry, cosmetics and simple hand crafted things like oven mitts or knitted items.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#7 posted 01-11-2019 09:00 PM

thanks for the responses. looks like I’ll be busier than a … (insert your favorite euphemism here).
I was also wondering about displaying so Steves idea is good.

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