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    I'm just back from my second craft fair and need cheering up. First fair attracted low low numbers. I sold some things and came out with about £20 profit. Second fair today - disaster. Sold one piece. Again low numbers dispite a 'good venue'. Can't afford to make many losses like this?

    I had lots of lovely comments about my work BUT where were the buyers?

    Have two more fairs booked but now planning only to do really local ones to keep costs down. The average stall seems to be £25 - is this what others are finding.

    I love my craft but need to sell some pieces to be able to buy more glass.
    I come back here from time to time
    I shelter here some days.

    JUNO GLASS
    (Album)
    by Pauline

  • #2
    In my opinion,the days of making a living/profit at craft fairs are long gone.

    We now look upon them as advertising our products/business.

    Make sure that your customers remember you, and try and pull them through to your website;-)

    Jane
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    • #3
      Originally posted by GLASS EYE View Post
      I'm just back from my second craft fair and need cheering up. First fair attracted low low numbers. I sold some things and came out with about £20 profit. Second fair today - disaster. Sold one piece. Again low numbers dispite a 'good venue'. Can't afford to make many losses like this?

      I had lots of lovely comments about my work BUT where were the buyers?

      Have two more fairs booked but now planning only to do really local ones to keep costs down. The average stall seems to be £25 - is this what others are finding.

      I love my craft but need to sell some pieces to be able to buy more glass.

      I know exactly how you feel....last time I sold ONE brooch! Not even enough to cover the rent for the stall.....everyone says how lovely my stuff is (mainly Shetland Lace scarves and shawls, I also make crochet flowers brooches), but then they don't want to pay for it!!
      I keep on, in the hope that one day I'll make enough to make it worthwhile....

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      • #4
        Originally posted by greannancrafts View Post
        In my opinion,the days of making a living/profit at craft fairs are long gone.

        We now look upon them as advertising our products/business.

        Make sure that your customers remember you, and try and pull them through to your website;-)

        Jane

        I'm not really into making a profit and never intended to make a living from it. I love my hobby and hoped to sell enough to buy the glass etc that I need to keep making new pieces. I have a facebook page for JUNOglass and give out business cards for contact but have yet to do a website.

        I do hope the interest on buying a unique piece from a craft fair picks up for us all
        I come back here from time to time
        I shelter here some days.

        JUNO GLASS
        (Album)
        by Pauline

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        • #5
          Originally posted by GLASS EYE View Post
          I'm just back from my second craft fair and need cheering up. First fair attracted low low numbers. I sold some things and came out with about £20 profit. Second fair today - disaster. Sold one piece. Again low numbers dispite a 'good venue'. Can't afford to make many losses like this?

          I had lots of lovely comments about my work BUT where were the buyers?

          Have two more fairs booked but now planning only to do really local ones to keep costs down. The average stall seems to be £25 - is this what others are finding.

          I love my craft but need to sell some pieces to be able to buy more glass.
          Hi Pauline, unfortunately you need to treat your first few fairs as pr. hand out loads of flyers/ business cards etc. get your name out there then if you make a sale it's great. but do not expect any big sales immediately, these things take time, we all wish they didn't but they do, you can also use the fairs to network with other crafters, and as we all know, what sells well at one fair wont sell at the next, wish I knew why. but thats how it goes sometimes.

          sorry not much help, but hang in there. try not to be too selective about the ones you do.
          Handmade jewellery, to buy gifts or just to treat yourself visit my website, commissions welcome or join me on facebook for a chat

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          • #6
            You probably need to look at a whole range of shows and events and even ordinary street markets where the costs are very low. If you are in Nottinghamdshire there are lots of good events at the Newark showground. Naturally many people are trading wholeasale and online without the cost of going out to shows. You could go around shops and galleries and see if any of these will stock your work. I personally would much rather see local British craft in the shops than bought in work from the other side of the world.

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            • #7
              Sorry you've had a lousy time, Pauline, we've all had days like that. I think people are really feeling the pinch these days. I certainly am - I can't remember when I last bought beads, and I'm getting worried because I need to make stuff to replenish my stock.

              On the question of pitch fees - £25 is about average for me.

              Have you thought about a Folksy shop? I think your glassy items would be popular there.
              Heather
              Pretty Things Handmade Jewellery

              Website - www.prettythingsjewellery.co.uk


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              • #8
                Sometimes it's like that.. Once you've had some good ones, you'll feel better when you have days like that x Don't let it get you down
                Nici

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                • #9
                  I know how you feel , it's really disappointing. I did my first craft fair of this year a couple of weeks ago & sold one item to one of the other stall holders when I was setting up & sold nothing for the rest of my time there! It was a busy enoguh craft fair held at a school, it makes you feel a bit better when chatting to other stall holders there they were all in the same situation, so I came away £20 out of pocket but Lots of great comments about my jewellery! Looks like no one wants to part with there hard earned cash at the moment, Im the same so understand in a way, but difficult to stay positive!
                  Karen

                  http://www.etsy.com/shop/karensBeadCreations
                  https://www.facebook.com/KarensbeadCreations

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                  • #10
                    I agree craft fairs are very slow warming up this year but don't give up. I would definitely put your wares onto Folksy and Etsy and put links back to them on your facebook and twitter account if you use them.
                    I sell on Folksy, Etsy etc. and a few weeks ago I recieved an email from a lady on the other side of the country, she had seen my items on Folksy and now wants to stock them in her shop ))
                    The more people that can get to see your items the better. Good luck.

                    http://www.folksy.com/shops/heartandsewgifts
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                    • #11
                      PR is always a good thing, but I can really understand why your downhearted.
                      Good luck with selling you goods.
                      Mushroom (My Blog)

                      My Folksy Shop

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