I have been so busy lately getting ready for my very first craft show that’s in October. Silly me didn’t even start preparing until last month. On top of all of the crocheting, and researching, and putting my booth together, I am also potty training my two oldest children. Needless to say, blogging has been pretty low on my to-do list.
So, getting ready for a craft show…there are a few steps that you need to take to have everything tip top, cute, make sells, attract customers, and have a successful show. Obviously, not every show is going to be a huge success, but as long as you learn from them all and make the necessary improvements, it’s still a winning situation.
- Have an idea of what you want to sell, and make LOTS of it! You don’t necessarily have to make your niche…it’s a craft show, and a lot of different people are going to be showing up. Ideally, you should have a lot of variety, and a little bit of something for every age/gender/spender.
- Spend some time on your display. It doesn’t have to be anything real extravagant or fancy, but your display is what people are going to see, and this is what is going to determine success or failure in your show. I am going to have several posts in the upcoming weeks with DIY tutorials and ideas for cheap, cute, functional, and unifying ideas about displays.
- Write up your check list of things to do before the big day, things that you need to get, and everything that you will need to pack up to bring with you! Prioritize, organize, get it all done. Plan ahead…if you are going to be ordering materials make sure that there is enough time for shipping. You will be creating in bulk (probably), so assembly-line it…spend one day making the hats, another day making the pieces, and yet another day sewing all the pieces on…in the long run, this will save you time.
Three simple steps to help get you started on your own craft show! Have everything ready to go as early as you possibly can. Especially on the day of the show, you DO NOT want to be rushing around finishing things up as the first customers start arriving. Having that check-list that we mentioned above is going to be your life-saver. Creating an organized chaos, instead of just chaos can save you a lot of time, energy, and even some sales.
There a multitude of resources available through google, or etsy, or probably any other online venue that can help you get an idea of what to expect, how to prepare, and some pretty great ideas to help make a successful show. Know what you are going to be making, creating an awesome display, and planning ahead is all going to work together to create a positive experience.
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