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  • Selling at Craft Fairs Hints & Tips?

    Hi everyone

    I am new to all of this crafting and I am interested in selling at craft fairs but I havent got a clue and I was wondering if you guys could share some successful hints and tips of selling jewellery at craft fairs and generally good and bad experiences??

    That is, if you dont mind..

    Many thanks in advance

    Tatty x
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    Hiya, I find it's all a bit of trial and error really. When I first started fairs I had my jewellery flat on the table with little in the way of display. 7 years on I have everything on pads & cushions and on stands. I think people notice your stand if things are elevated.

    At the moment you will find that jewellery will be one of the most common crafts at craft fairs (at least in Cornwall it is!) so you just need to make sure your display stands out from the crowd. I've lost count of the times I've improved on my display, doing the fairs you will see what type of things work. Just make notes on whats working for you and what isn't so that you can improve for next time. Wonder around and have a look at other displays, though it isn't really good craft fair etiquette to copy another display you can take inspiration from them!

    Also if you are on your own make friends with the person next to you then you will have someone you can ask to watch your stall so you can go for a pee!!

    Lastly don't forget a mirror!!! Hard to sell jewellery if they can't see what it looks like on!!

    Good luck and remember to have fun!

    Lucy xx
    Lucy

    www.lucykempjewellery.co.uk
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    • #3
      Hi..if you look through the threads there are quite a few on this subject.

      This was my stall earlier this year, up turned boxes with plank of wood under clothe gives easy height, lighting, a mirror and bags, leaflets about where your next fairs are. (for advertising etc)

      But as Lucy said trial and error, guess I must do more fairs than Lucy cos it's only taken me 2 years to be nearly happy with my layout. Course it changes with every fair to accomodate the size of the tables.

      Good luck, let us know how you get on wont you.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Lilac Moon Designs View Post
        Hi..if you look through the threads there are quite a few on this subject.

        This was my stall earlier this year, up turned boxes with plank of wood under clothe gives easy height, lighting, a mirror and bags, leaflets about where your next fairs are. (for advertising etc)

        But as Lucy said trial and error, guess I must do more fairs than Lucy cos it's only taken me 2 years to be nearly happy with my layout. Course it changes with every fair to accomodate the size of the tables.

        Good luck, let us know how you get on wont you.

        Hi Lilac
        Lovely display!
        What size table was that on?
        I'm having a 6ft table at a fair next Sat, and it sounds huge!

        I have several different styles of jewellery and tend to have a small range of colours, so I think I'm going to display by groups of colour, am thinking that if someone likes a particular colour, they'll have their interest piqued enough to come over.
        I'm planning to add some height too by a variety of means - jewellery busts, boxes under the table covering and some earring trees. I also like to put my more expensive stock out in their boxes leaning on their lids, as it makes them look nice, and adds to the expensive feel (if that makes sense)

        Sarah

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        • #5
          Hi Sarah

          Sounds good....the picy is of 2 tables almost 12 feet. I can usually get the raised centre with the tiered levels to one side.(the black bases, they stack) on a 6 footer. I've spread them here to fill up the room.

          This will sound silly but practise at home before you go. spread your cloth out to 6 feet, then arrange your display, do a quick drawing as a guide for when you get there. saves times when setting up.

          Hope it goes well for everyone doing fairs,
          Last edited by Lilac Moon; 03-05-2009, 05:42 PM.
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          • #6
            12ft? wow!! I'm struggling to fill 6ft at the mo.
            I'm thinking of having my tiara's and bridal jewellery at one side to fill it out a bit, just to promote it rather than selling, as my stock levels are a little low at the moment on other stuff. Spent yesterday madly making things - my fingers are numb now!

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            • #7
              hehe....... I usually have spare stock to fill gaps with, but when I got there and someone hadn't turned up ,I spread out to fill the gap, had everything out, no spares.....
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              • #8
                Wow

                Wow you layout is definately eyecatching and would draw me to your stall.

                I really need to buck up my ideas and start planning. Already I have some great Ideas and first in the box will be a mirror..lol

                One thing I have learnt today is that I really do not have enough stock yet to do a craft fair which is what I am going to work hard on now. I am going to America in a couple of weeks and I am going to go bead hunting for unusal beads to work with which I am excited about.

                Do you guys make good sales at these fairs are they worth it?

                You can tell i'm a newbie.. Ooh so exciting!!

                Sorry!!
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                • #9
                  Also It is also amazing how I completely over looked lighting!!

                  It can make a huge difference to a display, I was just looking a stall displays on google pics
                  Still Finding my niche but getting there!!!

                  My website - http://www.tattyslittlegems.co.uk
                  http://www.dbyt.co.uk
                  Follow My Blog - http://tattyslittlegems.blogspot.com/
                  Myspace - www.myspace.com/tattyslittlegems
                  Twitter - http://twitter.com/Tattyslittlegem
                  Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref...84&ref=profile

                  I am also on many websites, I would have joined it as Tattyslittlegem.. PLEASE ADD ME

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                  • #10
                    your forgiven.

                    How much you make / take depends on loads of things, I have done the same fair a few months apart and done really well the first time and pants the second. I'm afraid it could just be a case of suck it and see..

                    So far this year I have done a fair which cost me £7 and took £7. one which cost me nothing and took £37.50 then one which cost me £35 and took £250 ( which is the best I have ever done) I have paid £95 for 2 days and not taken enough to cover it.

                    All you can do is hope you have something the customer wants to buy. Don't jump on them the minute they arrive but do acknowledge them with a smile or a 'morning' .....Don't know about you but I get put off if the stall holder jumps straight in and wont let me look on my own.. I'm sure there are many more words of wisdom in the other related threads.

                    but do talk to the peeps next to you. if nothing else it wiles away the time if it's quiet.

                    I'm so jealous of you going to USA bead hunting. Try not to spend too much......
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                    • #11
                      AND most importantly dont forget to enjoy yourself.
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                      • #12
                        I've been doing craft fairs for years and I update my display every year in one way or another. I'm never completely happy with it, though people say it looks professional. I find that I have to adjust the display to suit the location and size of stand quite a lot. My spare room is bursting with different display pieces. I've spent a fortune over the years and I'm still not entirely happy. My aim is always to cut down on the time it takes to erect it but it always ends up taking longer.
                        Best wishes
                        Carole

                        www.caroleallenjewellery.co.uk

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