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Sharing Craft Fair Experience

Charlotte Lindmeier
Thanks to the demonstrators that shared with us this week.  I hope to participate in at least one craft fair this fall so I hope to make good use of their advice.

Our question this week was:
How many items do you take for craft fairs? If you take treat holders do you put treats in them or do you have a display with treats in them and then sell them empty? Do you put together packages of 5 or ten or sell them as singles? Any help for those of us with no craft fair experience would be greatly appreciated.
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Number of items depends on how much I get done!  lol!  I do make treats, usually wrapped candies like Hershey Kisses, Hershey Nuggets, K-pods, Hot Chocolate Kits done up in some kind of packaging.  I find that my area wants them filled so they can give them as is.  Empty containers don't sell.  I usually price my items as $ for one, 2 for $.  Cards I will sell $3 each or 4 for $10.  Of course, my gift card holders are empty and I use one with a used gift card as a display.
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I have been doing craft fairs for years. Even before joining Stampin’ Up! so I feel the need to state all craft fairs are hit and miss. Especially new ones, but even the ones that have been held for years. That said...

My answer is similar to Connie’s, except that I now take candies or non-food items for my party favors since some want candy and others don’t. I display them both ways. I also take gift items, gift card holders, altered composition notebooks and more, depending on the season/occasion. Oh, also kits and handmade cards. I have a regular following for my cards. Especially the one of kind ones... even though they are more expensive.
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I have done craft bazaars for over 30 years with lots of different items over the years.  I have been doing a lot of paper crafting items the last several years using SU stamps, papers, etc: a lot of different Post It Note holders, book type, acrylic frame type and magnetic frame type that have been very good sellers.  I also made coffee cup gift card holders using the little 4oz cups and they went like hotcakes.  I also sell cards which sell very well.  Some bazaars are better than others but having items that are not too expensive and are great for gifts helps.
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My daughter and I just finished a three-day fair in an Amish community. It was her/our first big show. She sells a couple of niche items -- domino necklaces and Protestant prayer beads. However, she had taken almost all of my old Paper Pumpkins that I haven't gotten around to doing. She also made up a few of our card kits. Everyone loved her beads and necklaces, but only one person bought one for her little girl. One person bought several cards. It was very disappointing. The lady that was in charge said as everyone was breaking down, that several vendors said it was not a buying crowd. We are going to try again, and she may make some adjustments to her stock. She made sets out of the Paper Pumpkins and put four in the acetate boxes with envelopes. I'm thinking it might be best to try to sell the cards as singles.
Charlotte Lindmeier
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