Wednesday , 22 October 2014

Craft Show Tips

Make more-better-faster! Tips to Increase Productivity in the Studio

  The summer craft show season is fast approaching and for many of you that means replenishing inventory. Here are a few tips for streamlining your production that you can use this summer and all the way through the busy holiday season. Spring is a great time to reorganize and rethink your workspace. Arranging materials in the order that you ... Read More »

Craft Show Preparation – 7 Things You Really Need To Think About

7 craft show prep tips

  You’ve decided to have a go at doing a craft fair. Awesome! You can have a lot of fun at craft fairs and there’s money to be made, whether you’re just trying to support your addiction hobby or you want to earn a regular income from your artistic talents. BUT. Craft fairs can be hellish. Seriously. First, you’ll spend weeks hand ... Read More »

How to Get Post Craft Show Sales

Having a successful craft show experience means more than simply making a lot of money over the weekend (though that’s great too!) Another factor to strive for besides immediate sales is directing your visitors and buyers to buy again from you later, either in person, or from your website or marketplace site. There are several things you can do to ... Read More »

Craft Show Survival Kit :: Part Two – The Box

If you missed part one here it is!  Part I of The Craft Show Survival Kit: The Bag.  Today, we will move onto some of The Bag’s most important contents: The Box. I consider “The Box” my crafter’s tool kit, complete with all the knick knacks that I need to put together my booth and a few extras to help ... Read More »

Craft Show Survival Kit – Part One – What’s In The Bag?

One of the things I found most stressful about prepping for my very first few shows (several years ago) was the worry that I might forget something important. It would, of course, be something I could not live without. The whole show would fall apart and I would crawl home, a disappointing slug. Hopefully, your mind is not as overactive ... Read More »

Craft Shows Tips for Indoor and Outdoor Fairs

Craft Shows Tips for Indoor and Outdoor Fairs Bean, Lily and the Beantown crew just returned from a whirlwind road trip out to Portland where we attended Crafty Wonderland, a large indie craft fair at the Oregon Convention Center. The show worked out to fall perfectly within our vacation timeline and we have friends we’d been dying to visit in ... Read More »

7 Easy Tips to Have a Fun and Profitable Holiday Event

How to Host a Sweet Holiday Event 7 Easy Tips to Have a Fun and Profitable Holiday Event Participating in a holiday craft fair or open studio event is no easy task. However it can be a great way to meet new customers and to get them to follow your work throughout the year. Avoid feeling overwhelmed by tring these ... Read More »

Ice-Breaking Questions to ask Craft Fair Browsers

  I’m a shy introvert, so in-person selling is not exactly my fortay. I’m a rock-star at online communications, but often get accused of being a mute in the “real-world,” with the exception of karaoke night (in which case I substitute volume for my lack of signing talent, my apologies for butchering all of your favorite songs.) This is a ... Read More »

A Great Big Craft Show Checklist

The ‘I Will Get It Done Soon’ NotePad, Eco-friendly, 50 sheets by: papersquid   A Great Big Craft Show Checklist: In my last post  I wrote about my best tips for selling at craft shows and promised to provide this big checklist of items to consider taking with you to a show. While not every item on the list is ... Read More »

Craft Show Manager – Now Available!

  Keeping track of your finances at a craft show can be complicated.  That’s why we’ve been working the past month developing the ultimate craft show solution to make your craft show season go so much more smoother! We know you don’t want to focus on finances while at the show, so our unique system has you enter in information ... Read More »

What to do with Your Etsy Shop when Attending a Craft Fair

  Many artists and crafters with Etsy shops enjoy the occasional benefits of selling in person at craft fairs. However, there can be a conflict when selling online and at shows, especially if you mostly sell one-of-a-kind items. A common dilemma is what to do with your Etsy shop during that time, and whether or not it makes sense to ... Read More »

Tips For a Successful Art Show

Guest Post by: Pepi’s Musings I’ve been to four craft shows so far, and thought I’d share some of the lessons learned and valuable observations for the future. Once you find a craft show and your application gets approved, you need to start preparing for it right away. The more thought and time you put into it, the more prepared ... Read More »

Diversifying Your Handmade Business – Trade Shows

  One of the best ways to grow your business is to diversify. We have been selling wholesale and consignment  as well as vending at craft shows for over 8 years now and we have come to realize we just need more opportunities!  We thought what about trade shows? They seem like such a great way to sign up a ... Read More »

Should you sell at craft fairs?

    I was poking around the forums one day and was very surprised to read a question regarding whether one should set up and sell at a craft fair. I guess I just presumed everyone started at the craft fairs! Yes! You should sell at a craft fair. There is no better way in the world to learn more ... Read More »

Craft Show Manager

    Keeping track of your finances at a craft show can be complicated.  That’s why we’ve been working the past month developing the ultimate craft show solution to make your craft show season go so much more smoother! We know you don’t want to focus on finances while at the show, so our unique system has you enter in ... Read More »

How to Sell the Roof Off a Craft Show

If there’s only one thing I know about Jan Szklennik of Sunlit Soap (by the way, there’s only one thing I know about Jan), it’s that she knows how to set up at a craft show with her beautiful array of handmade soaps. I recently witnessed her sell the roof off a lovely community center at a local holiday show. I ... Read More »

Why Etsy Sellers Should Exhibit at Trade Shows

  One of the questions I hear most often is whether exhibiting at trade shows is still worthwhile. The answer is definitely. Attending one of the thousands of trade shows happening across the country every year is still the best way to meet new customers face-to-face and get your product on their radars. Trade shows give you a direct line to ... Read More »

Square Tested

I wrote an article a while back about how to accept credit cards at craft fairs. After that article Shawn Hoefer wrote the article “It’s Hip to be Square” which was more comprehensive and gave us a lot more information. His strong recommendation was to use a company called “Square” to process credit cards. Since those articles appeared, I have ... Read More »