Hopefully you did great! Either way, you probably learned Something new. I know I always do. To help you out, here is an easy printable: What I learned It’s easy! I promise!! Just download, print, and fill it out. Easy peasy!
After you do all of this, GO CELEBRATE!!! You probably deserve it. Of course don’t go spend ALL your profits haha. Come on, go eat ice cream!
Maybe that fair wasn’t for you: This happens, trust me. But hey, if at first you don’t succeed, go eat a giant brownie from the food booth beside you, then go relax, you deserve it.
Oh yes! And the most important thing, DO NOT FORGET to contact your custom order customers. It doesn’t have to be THAT day, but contact them the next day or very soon. *I will touch on custom orders in a later post this week… even get a printable!*
• Evolve the kids! If the fair is a kid oriented fair, involving the pint-sized audience is a must. Bring candy, have a game if you want. Because here is the thing….it sounds devious but usually when the kids are interested, so are the parents. Not always, but usually. Get the child wanting your product. “Hello!” or “Hey buddy.” Offer candy. If they pick up (a mask in my case) say “Would you like to try it on?” Show them themselves in a mirror wearing the mask. If your products are centered around kids, get them involved.
Bring a partner! There is no reason to be miserable! Bring Someone who knows your product so that you can leave to go eat, take a bathroom break, or just have someone to talk to if things are going slow.
Music anyone? If appropriate, play some seasonal music to make your table feel more inviting. Don’t blast out your customers ears, just some soft classical stuff.
• Talk! And get them talking. Here are some scenarios:
When a customer says “your stuff is so cute!” Say this: “Thank you, are you looking for anything particular?” or “Thank you, are you getting ready for the holidays?” Not this: “Thank you”
When a customer says “Did you make all this?” Say this: “Yes, I sure did! I started making (your item) a few years ago and absolutely love creating them. Are you looking for anything particular?” Not this: “Yes, I sure did!”
When a customer passes your table… Say this: “Hello, how are you?” Not this: “………..”
The main goal of running your craft booth is to get your customers talking! Find their interests, etc.
• When someone’s look on their face changes to sad when you tell them the price of an item, make the executive decision whether to lower the price of the item or not. Make these decisions beforehand, and stick to them! If your original price is $5.00 tally your costs and decide beforehand that you won’t go any lower than $3.50…etc.
• Give out business cards! This is your main priority. Marketing, marketing, marketing!!!
• Stay until the fair is completely over. This is when I make most of my sales. Everyone around me is breaking down tables (customers walk past these not wanting to get in the way) while just a few stay faithful to the end. (These are the people who get the main sales)
This quote is soooo true! One day, I try to stop crafting…just take a break for a couple of hours. (But of course that never works) Crafting is me!
And craft fairs of course. Those are a part of me too!
I genuinely love doing craft fairs! They are a great way to meet new people and potential customers. They give you a chance to show the world your product! Get your brand out there!! Craft fairs are awesome!!!
My favorite one thus far has been with 7 acre woods. “The October Pumpkin Patch.” Best one I have been to, and am definitely doing it again. Here is their Facebook Page: Go LIKE them and come on out October 18th.
This brings me to my next point of business…
EVERY DAY this WEEK, you have a chance to read up on some of my craft fair tips, tricks, confessions, and maybe *hint hint* get some free priiiiiiintables!
Walk through my little craft fair world all this week! : )
Sunday to Sunday!
Hows about it?
Getting ready for a craft fair:
Do your research, ask questions! Here are a few questions I usually ask:
-When is the event?
-How many people usually show up? (customers and vendors)
-What time does set up start?
-How many times have you done this event? (7 acre woods is doing their 14th annual Pumpkin Patch fair this year…2014)
Have more product than you need. A very full table looks way more inviting than a sparse table. Usually people will walk past a table with not much on it, because they automatically think you have nothing left.
Advertise, Advertise, oh yeah, and did I mention Advertising?! See if or fair you are attending has simple little printout flyers. Place them on public billboards, give them to your friends and family, and even put them on Cars you pass in a parking lot (make sure the people aren’t in there car when you place the flyer on the car) *That just makes things AWEK-ward!*
Plan ahead! The night before, pick out your outfit. Charge your phone if need be, and load ALL your things in the car. When you wake up, all you have to do is get yourself ready and leave.
— A note on your outfit: Wear something decent. You don’t have to wear a dress or a tuxedo, but wear an outfit that looks presentable, but you can still move around, bend over, and feel comfy in. What I mean, is DON’T WEAR YOUR PJ’S!!! I have seen so many people wear kind of dirty looking clothes, don’t do this. I usually wear jeans (sometimes sweats :) and a nice sweater type shirt. Casual, but nice.
Make sure you have all your essentials! To help you out, here is a FREE printable. YES…I said free! Click on the link right there –> to download and print. Craft show checklist