Tips, Tricks, and Confessions of a Craft Fair Addict #8

number eightThanks everyone for reading, and this ends my week of craft fair tips, tricks, and confessions.

Remember to do what you love! You will always make mistakes, but you just have to pick yourself up, brush off, and do it again!

Have a wonderful wonderful day!

Cheers and xoxo,

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52 Weeks of Happy {week 44}

Do me a favor…
Go outside. Don’t worry, I’ll wait right here.

You done? Did you feel the breeze, smell the air?
Yep…It’s fall!

September 23rd (Tuesday) was officially the first day of fall. (I know because Google told me!) Cannot believe how the year has zipped by! It has been really fun taking the 52 weeks of Happy challenge and has shown me all kinds of things.

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Though I am not ready for cold weather quite yet, fall makes me so happy because it is the season I st

art doing craft fairs. I absolutely love doing craft fairs and am already signed up for one in October. Cannot wait!

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Fall is the time for picnics, and playing football!

Oh yes…and Frisbee golf! My little brother and I have discovered Frisbee golf about a mile away from our house. It is surprisingly fun to throw a Frisbee into a metal basket. We are terrible, but still love having fun! : )

Tips, Tricks, and Confessions of a Craft Fair Addict #7

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I was a beginner too! Still am for that matter. I’m not a pro, I make mistakes, mess up on words, and don’t give out change correctly (sometimes, not always…but I always figure it out before they walk off)

Every single fair, I learn something new, it’s true! : )

Some of the more embarrassing moments have been these:

 

  • I literally talked to a customer through a row of quilts before! Thinking back on it, I just laugh and laugh. I’m chuckling to myself right now! You should have seen us!

Imagine…A big rack of quilts…Customer asked me a question over the rack of quilts, and I responded…looking through the rack of quilts myself! Hahahahahaha… Both of us, stretching our necks like chickens, trying to get a view of the other. I’m embarrassed (and tickled) to say that we held a whole conversation like this.

Ahh, good times

So, TIP: Always come to the front of the table or booth (or rack of quilts.) Engage with the customer.

Always…

 

  • The customer pointed out how I gave him the wrong change. WOOPS! In this kind of situation, you just have to brush it off. Mistakes happen, and thankfully, this customer realized it before he walked off.

TIP: Double check your change, and relax. (Use a calculator if you need to) Don’t know how to count back change? Here are some tips:

 

  • My square didn’t work! Seriously, the customer did it for me! An adorable couple, buying a bright quilt and matching elephant for their young (about 1 ½) year old daughter. So cute! They had a credit card, so I whipped out my square card reader, feeling all business like, and important.

“Can I please have your card?”

*he handed it to me*

*swipe* wait…wait….wait….

*swipe*

*swipe*

*Swipe swipe swipe*

“ummm….it’s not working….”

This was a very kind pair of customers though. Apparently he works with these kinds of devices and actually swiped his own card. HeeHee

TIP: Stay humble! Something isn’t working right? Tell the customer, maybe they will be device savvy too!?

 

 

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Tips, Tricks, and Confessions of a Craft Fair Addict #6

The Importance of Height!

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Craft like no one’s watching!

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Height Height Height!

No booth is complete without height… let me show you:

A table with no height:

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Booorrriiing! Not much to look at. You eye is naturally drawn to the only height on the table…the elephants in the corner.

Now look at a table with height:

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Ahhh… much better! Height makes your table seem more full. And you can actually fit more things onto it!

You can achieve this look very easily and here is how:

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Let’s start with something simple, crates! Crates are easy to come by, and provide some good height for your table.

The ones pictured here are the simple unfinished wooden crates that I stained!

I added some battery powered lights to give the crates a bit of a holiday feel.

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What do you put in the crates? Well…anything! I put my stuffed animals in them usually.

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Now how about something on top of the crates? This is a simple little wood structure I DIYed! 

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I call it my “Mustache Holder” because…

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 It holds my mustaches!

Here is an easy way to add a bit of height to your table, while also making it feel like you have more product:

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Stack your thin items. Just slightly overlap the items you have that are relatively thin. This will give the table a wee bit of interesting height.

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I got this lovely little tri basket from none other than Hobby Lobby! ($15.00 with a coupon) Something tall like this with multiple layers gives some good height to the booth.

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This is another DIY.

1 1/2” dowel with 1/4” dowels stuck through it.

Cross base at the bottom so it won’t tip over and a clothes pin glued to the top to hold my “WE ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS” sign.

 

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And there you have it! Some ways that you can add height to your booth. Hope this helps and good luck at your craft fair!

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Catch ya later!

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Tips, Tricks, and Confessions of a Craft Fair Addict #5

Printables & More!

 Hows about some FREE printables?

Let’s start with an item description sheet:

If you have a lot of items on your table and a lot of different prices, it can get confusing to remember, so simply use this description sheet to help you out! Just print off the pages you need.

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Click and Print Me! Craft Fair Item description sheet

 

 

Do you ever have people ask for receipts? Don’t worry, with this simple little receipt printable, you can satisfy your customers wants and needs. Eventually, you can upgrade to a real carbon paper receipt book from Office Depot, but until then…it’s printin’ time!!!

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Click and Print Me! Receipt sheet

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DIY: Custom paper bag

 Quick!

Your customer asks for a bag, you:

A: tell them you don’t have any

B: give them a bland brown paper sack

C: Put their item in a DIY little Bright eyes bag!

Answer: C

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“Creative clutter is better than idle neatness!”

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You need:

  • 12” x 12” piece of scrapbook paper (any color)

  • Scissors or a straight cutter

  • Tape

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Take your piece of paper, and cut it 12” x 10”

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Face the paper towards you to where the longest side is parallel to you.

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Fold one end of the paper in to the exact middle of the paper.

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Do the same to the other end.

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Tape it in place!

 

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Fold the bottom of the bag up about 3 inches.

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This part is a little tricky, because it is tough to explain in words, but just use the pictures and you will do fine!

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Fold the corners in so it makes two triangles.

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Fold the top of that 3” piece down about half way.

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Do the same to the bottom piece, but overlap the top piece just a little.

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Tape in place!

 

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Voila! Your done with one! The more you make, the easier it gets…so let’s start folding!

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DIY: Business Card Holder:

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“I can’t clean my craft room, because I get distracted by all the good I find again!” -Anonymous

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Everyone needs a business card holder! Instead of buying a pre-made one, how about make one!? Here is a simple card holder that is sure to get recognition at your table or booth!

Ps: There is no need to be a master woodworker to make this project.  : )

Here is what you need:

  • Wood measuring tape/yardstick

  • Wood glue or really small nails

  • Saw

  • Sandpaper

And guess what! No need for a measuring device, because your card holder will be made out of a measuring device!

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Take your yard stick. (I got mine at Hobby Lobby for $3.99 + 40% off with my handy dandy coupon!)

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With the saw…

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Cut two pieces each 1  1/2 inches long and

Three pieces each 4 inches long.

Sand these ends so they are nice and smooooooth. 

Your almost done! Easy right?

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Take the wood glue and glue the three longest pieces together like the pictures above. You can use really small nails if you would like, but I recommend the glue…it is easiest!

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After that has a chance to dry, glue the two tiny ends to the business card holder on either side.

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Slap that puppy together, let it dry, slide in your business cards, and pat yourself on the back!

“Well done young woodworker!”

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