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  • Craft Fair Advice please

    I am hoping to do a craft fair in December but am not sure where to start.
    I have found particular fairs that I am interested in and am waiting to hear back if they have spaces.

    Please could anyone give me advice on the folllowing.

    a)I make bag charms, and I am trying to come up with a way to display them on a stall, other than just laying them down on a table cloth. Do you think I should have some form of lighting on my stall?
    b) I don't have a remote credit card machine, do you think accepting only cash or cheques is ok.
    c) should I have a banner on my table.
    Any other advice on doing a craft fair would be greatly appreciated.

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  • #2
    Hi Madison

    I have been selling at craft fairs for about 18 months now and have managed to pick up a few tips (hopefully!)

    a)I make bag charms, and I am trying to come up with a way to display them on a stall, other than just laying them down on a table cloth. Do you think I should have some form of lighting on my stall?
    Lighting is a must in December as some fair locations do not have great natural lighting and it will be dark outside pretty early - if visitors can't see what you are selling clearly, you will struggle. I have seen many jewellery-type stalls selling items such as phone charms and they are pinned to a cork or fabric covered board so that they hang down (I guess these may be similar to what you are selling - forgive my ignorance if they are completely different! ) Do choose the colour of the background carefully so that your products don't blend in too much though! I have definitely found that displaying products at various heights rather than just flat on a table is beneficial as visitors often look at stalls from some distance away (almost as if they are afraid we are going to bite!!)

    b) I don't have a remote credit card machine, do you think accepting only cash or cheques is ok.
    To start with this should be fine but if you are selling some higher priced items, taking cards can be a bonus but it isn't cheap so I would suggest waiting before going down this route.

    c) should I have a banner on my table.
    Anything which attracts attention and tells visitors what you are selling cannot be anything but good!

    Any other advice on doing a craft fair would be greatly appreciated.
    1. Take lots of change, lots of business cards and try to make sure that anyone who shows an interest gets your contact details (including web address if you have one) even if they don't buy there and then.
    2. HAVE FUN!

    Hope this helps and good luck with your fair.

    Ali
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    • #3
      I make charms for bags and phones as part of what I do. I was struggling to come up with a display idea too and in the end found a metal candle stand that I had where I had broken the glass cups that the candles went in and had stopped using. Its quite decorative and I have put a couple of glass bead bracelets in the metal bits where the glass cups went and put my charms along the branches themselves. Quite difficult to describe but have a look around your home you may have something you could adapt before you spend loads on extra stuff!
      You can get all sorts of display items for earrings etc which can easily be used look on good old ebay!
      Good luck!!
      www.safimelcardsandpendants.co.uk

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      • #4
        my best advice is smile!!! and talk to your customers, I think folk want to connect with crafters, if you can sit making some charms at the stall it's a great way to get talking to folk, you can talk about what your doing without it being a hard sell.
        good luck and enjoy!
        Happy Crafting!
        Claire

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