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    How long do you spend preparing for a fare? I havent the slightest idea how many items I would need to bring to one.. what works best?

    Do I take lots of variety and then on each style would i make lots of the same (just incase) any advise would be really appreciated xx
    Last edited by AngelsnDiamonds; 26-05-2011, 12:48 PM.
    Lucie Simmons
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    First, work out what size table you're going to be using. Maybe set it up indoors and put out your display, play around with it to see what looks good. You want to be sure you have enough on the table to make it look like it has lots of interesting things to offer. Some people photograph their rehearsal set-ups and take it with them so they remember how to set up on the day.

    Once you're happy with your display and know what you need to take for it, then work out how much extra you can manage to take. You can't tell, if it's a quiet fair you may not need any more, but if you do run out of something that you could have sold you'll kick yourself later.
    Daesul

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    • #3
      Thanks very much I will give it all a go once I get my first stall.

      I've applied for a couple of local ones, one is a really big one, so fingers crossed.
      I read so many stories about peoples experiences that its put me off lol. But ive decided to give it a shot fingers crossed I get a spot

      xx
      Lucie Simmons
      Angels and Diamonds

      <3 <3 ***** An angel in the mist, a diamond in the rough, a heart made of gold, jewellery made with love *****<3 <3

      My Website www.angels-and-diamonds.co.uk
      Facebook:www.facebook.com/angelsanddiamonds
      My Blog: http://angels-and-diamonds.blogspot.com
      My Folksy Store: www.folksy.com/shops/AngelsandDiamonds

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      • #4
        I agree with Daesul completely. A practice run will really help you plan out what you need (and what you don't). There is nothing worse than filling up space in the car carrying display stuff you don't use when it could have been used to take more product to sell.

        I have a catalogue which I print out one copy at home (updated as and when necessary) with photograph(s) and pricing, etc for each item. This way if someone is looking for something specific which I don't have in stock, I can show them a photo and take an order on site. have order forms printed out with a tear-off receipt on the bottom to give the customer (who pays for the item at time of ordering) This works really well for me but I realise it isn't going to work for everyone.

        I would always say that you should take as much as you can carry. Our motto is - if a visitor sees it, they will buy it. You can, of course, make signs to indicate that you can make items in different colours but to be honest many of the signs just don't get read so you can't rely on a visitor seeing it.

        Your main aim at a fair is to sell your items so they should be the main focus and not overshadowed by fancy display material which isn't going to make you any money. Display is important obviously as your table needs to look attractive but it can be a fine line between attractive and overcluttered. Practice a number of different layouts at home to see which is going to attract your eye the best (but remember you may have very colourful and fancy stalls either side of you).

        I spend most of my time just before a fair checking that my cloths are clean, all my new stock is packaged up and priced, my catalogue is up to date and that I have enough of everything that I might need e.g. bags, marketing postcards, order forms, etc. I always make sure that I take all the paperwork with me regarding my booking just incase there is a query regarding pitch size, etc when I arrive.

        Hope this helps.
        Ali x

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        • #5
          Thank you both so much for the advice, you have been a massive help. i've applied for 3 stalls at 3 different events, so i really hope I get one. and a catalogue and order form are definitely worth a try
          if i get accepted I am sure that I will be posting again with even more questions xx
          Lucie Simmons
          Angels and Diamonds

          <3 <3 ***** An angel in the mist, a diamond in the rough, a heart made of gold, jewellery made with love *****<3 <3

          My Website www.angels-and-diamonds.co.uk
          Facebook:www.facebook.com/angelsanddiamonds
          My Blog: http://angels-and-diamonds.blogspot.com
          My Folksy Store: www.folksy.com/shops/AngelsandDiamonds

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