Saturday, September 12, 2009

Planning Ahead: First Craft Show

Looking at the calendar and wanting to attempt my first ever craft show sometime in October or November. I have a few friends who are willing to split a table with me while we learn the ropes. Here is a list of things I have learned after doing research in the Etsy Forums and Chat rooms. Feel free to read it and gather tips you might want to put to use... or add to it! Share your advice!

-Make pricing clear and easy to read
-Hand out bussiness cards
-Guestbook or Raffle to collect contact information for newsletters or mailings
-Portfolio of other work
-Form to take custom orders (this one is my idea!)
-Clear shopping bags so that other shoppers can see my items that others have purchased
-Offer gift packaging
-Bring your own food and drinks
-Have a booth buddy so that you can use the restroom
-Wear something that makes you look like you are not just a shopper that snuck behind the table, an apron, nametag, logo tshirt
-Prices in amounts that are easy to make change from
-Table covers, skirts, and banners
-Displays that allow shoppers to see the items well and touch if needed, inviting
-Practice the display at home so that you know how long it will take to set up and you can make adjustments
-Take pictures of your booth
-Get to know the other crafters at the show
-Use a reciept book
-Bring as many items as you can, if it is too much to set out keep extra in a bin under the table
-Bring projects to work on while you are there behind the booth, let shoppers see a work in progress
-SMILE and be polite and sociable, but don't hover
-Take notes for the next show

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