It’s a new year and I have new goals! One of them being to work at more craft fairs. To do so, I have to have an inventory list and I thought I would share how I come up with this list and what I do to create the actual inventory as well. This post will explain how to build an inventory for craft fairs.
See What You Have
First, I think it’s important to see what you have and what you can use. This way you’re not spending money where you don’t have to. Even if yo do this as a hobbyist I think it’s important think about craft fairs with a business mindset.
So, go through your stash to see how you can utilize your own yarns, but also look at patterns you’ve already done and how you can utilize them for the show. This way, you’ll already know how to male them and you won’t need to worry about at least that pattern and how it turns out.
If you don’t have a stash, then you should plan on where you want to buy your supplies. You can buy things on sale (duh!) But if you’re going to do this long term, you may want to look into wholesale yarns. I might write a post about this alone in the future.
There are two ways I think about timing. The first is being obvious and knowing how much time you have between now and your craft fair. Once you know that you can now focus on the second type of timing.
For this, I look into how long things take to make. I then plan my next weeks based on that. I start with he projects that take longer, to get them out of the way as well as help myself not stress out if they’re not done. When you’re doing this you also want to make sure that if you’re going away, to plan that into your schedule.
A third way to look at timing that I just thought of is seasonal. Make sure what you’re planning to sell makes sense for the time of year. In a way, I am lucky because Connecticut is always cold haha.
Have a Variety
Having a variety isn’t just good for shows, it’s also good for you and creating things. Sometimes I don’t like creating the same thing over and over again, it takes away the creativity which is the whole point, right?
Remember to Enjoy Yourself
I’ve told myself that once things become not fun with 1001knits that I would stop. I am lucky that hasn’t really happened yet for me so that’s a plus. I will also caution and say don’t mistake nerves with not fun. Sometime’s (read: always) it’s good to push yourself out of your comfort zone.