Monday Vlog and How To Pick A Craft Fair
Monday’s don’t always have to be so blue…especially when there’s a vlog out ! 🙂 Alright, so enough of that. I made this vlog about the journey for the craft fair that I participated in and even though that was a few weeks ago, the vlog is going up now because I couldn’t find my SD Card adapter haha. I also thought I would take the time to write about how to pick a craft fair and this week on the blog is all about craft fairs too ! Hope you love !
The vlog will be up later tonight, so stay tuned ! I will add it to the post as well when it’s uploaded, you can check out my other videos here 🙂
How To Pick A Craft Fair
So, as you can see, this wasn’t the best experience of craft fairs and I was really disappointed in the management team and such, so I thought I would prevent you guys from making the same mistakes as I did.
1. Ask about other vendors.
This was probably the biggest mistake I have made. Usually, you can see a list of past vendors, or frequent vendors. But this one was a new concept that the mall had organized and I was excited to just get out there, so I never asked this question. In my defense, it was called and advertised as the “Mothers Day Maker’s Shoppe.” Nothing against LulaRoe (I love them), but…Not exactly a handmade item, ya know?
If the other vendors are similar concepts, then you should be good. However, you don’t want to have too many that are selling similar to yours, because that creates a lot of competition and basically comes down price for the customers.
2. Booth Size and Pricing
Let’s be real, crafting, knitting and crocheting is not cheap. And you want to make smart business decisions. Sometimes venues will charge a fee to rent a booth or a table. It is your job to figure out if that price is fair and if you can afford it. Will you be able to pay the booth price and still make a profit? This should go into your overhead costs and budgeted for when you sign up for shows. It’s important to understand costs, revenue and profit. Maybe I’ll make a post all about this. I nerd out on this stuff because it’s my day job haha./
As much as I would love to say that it doesn’t matter, I think you have to cate your inventory to fit the season and the market type. So, for this I made more summer items, bags, spring shawls, and the only hats I made were really brightly colored and used a lightweight yarn. In the winter, will make more scarves, hats, gloves, etc.
4. Indoor vs. Outdoor
This coincides with number 2 and 3 above. This craft fair was inside, in a store in a huge mall. This was not ideal, but I didn’t know that at the time. Obviously a winter fair would be indoors, but is it a dedicated space for crafts? Or is a store? or is it a big space like a convention? These are things you should consider for winter shows. For spring and summer it’s important to think about if they offer rain dates, do you need to set yourself up by yourself or are they pre determined booths. Is it too hot outside? Things like this are important