I have never sold at a craft fair before. I have attended many craft fairs over the years, but I have never personally been involved in selling at one. That is about to change.
For years my daughter has been urging me to sell at the craft fair where she lives. Every summer they have a community fair to raise money and every year she reminds me that I should rent a table and sell all my handmade 'stuff.' I usually say no. I am not sure why, but I guess I just really never knew what to make that people would want to buy. And what if they don't buy it? It is very intimidating to try something new like this, but I finally just said YES! After all, the worst that can happen is my stuff doesn't sell but I get quality time with my daughter and I get to spend a weekend on Fire Island in the summer!
And then after saying yes, I thought, uh oh....what have I gotten myself into? I am not the type of person to just wing something like having a craft sales table. I have to have a plan for exactly how and what I am going to do and that is what this post is all about.
There were some criteria about selling at the fair: I rented one (1) 8' x 30" banquet table and two chairs. Anything and everything I sell would have to be on top of that one table. No other stands are allowed. I also needed to get everything onto a ferry - it is not a craft fair where you can pull your car up and unload. Everything has to be lightweight, portable, and literally carried by hand.
Here are the steps I took to get ready for our first craft fair ever:
1. I Researched...
2. Made A List Of What I Wanted For My Table...
3. The Tablecloths
I didn't just want tablecloths...I wanted them to be special and stand out!
I didn't want to simply order signs from someone else...I wanted mine to be handmade like all the products I sell!
5. Spinning Table-top Display for Pendants
It was at least $90 to buy one and I didn't like any of them anyway, so of course my husband and I decided we could make our own and put our own handmade crafty 'spin' on it - pun intended :-)
6. Bonus Hair Scrunchy Display
8. And of course, before we packed it all up, we had to do a practice table set-up in our living room!
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If you are anywhere near Ocean Beach Fire Island, NY the weekend of August 13th - 14th 2016, stop by our table and say hi!
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Hi there! I'm Kathie, the author behind Creating A Simpler Life. I'm excited to share our longterm projects (and planning) toward building our future retirement homestead in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. In the meantime I will be sharing all the other little things we do that are part of creating our simpler life!