How can I find craft fairs and similar events in my area? Also, any suggestions for selling my products at these fairs? I plan on attending several fairs before attempting to sell at any, but I'd love any do's, don'ts, and any good to know facts. TIA!
Try checking with your community resource center.<br><br>
You may try calling around to a few churches, as well. This time of year, several churches in my area are hosting Christmas craft fairs. I'm hoping to browse a few tomorrow. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
Subbing and hoping to start doing craft fairs next year. I spent this past summer checking out the fairs in my area, asking about entry fees, looking at tent set-ups, and trying to figure out whether there's a niche for my product (art quilts) or lots of competition. Check out community listings, maybe the Chamber of Commerce, local parks/festival grounds, or local artisan's groups, cooperatives, or guilds. I plan to go for just a few shows until I get my feet under me and see what sells.<br><br>
Good luck and what do you make!<br><br>
Betzi<br><br><a href="http://www.SylvanQuilts.com" target="_blank">www.SylvanQuilts.com</a>
In Wisconsin I use portalwisconsin.org<br><br>
How about Crafts Report magazine at the library, or other trade magazines related to your craft? Go to the library rather than buying them all.<br><br>
If you are going to be attending some fairs this year, ask other sellers where else they will be selling.
or the city commerce? maybe. or craftster.org might have some info <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
I used to subscribe to a newsletter that had many listings in it. I can't think of the name right now (and it was pre-internet) but I found this <a href="http://www.extravaganzacrafts.com/" target="_blank">extravaganzacrafts.com</a> and <a href="http://www.craftmasternews.com/" target="_blank">craftmasternews.com</a>. I think checking with your local visitor's assciations and asking other crafters is a good idea too.<br><br>
My biggest tip is to get a manual credit card imprinter. Many people want to use debit/credit cards now. I would also spend some time planning your display to work for your items.
Thank you for this thread! I did a few at local churches last year and wanted to branch out but was having a hard time finding out which were quality or not... I have found quite a few for this season! I greatly appreciate it!
I make quilts! Art quilts and baby quilts, mostly, and some clothing accessories: purses, pins, vests and jackets once in a while. At the moment I'm doing small quilted wallhangings - landscapes and natural scenes.<br><br>
I'd love to know what others are doing and where! (I'm in central Mass.)<br><br>
Other than locating fairs and getting their application deadlines on my calendar, my main question of the moment is about my inventory. I'm starting out small and hoping to do maybe two to four fairs next summer/fall. How much inventory do I need to produce? I'm going to try to jury in to some shows that draw 6,000 to 8,000 visitors. I've go no idea how much inventory I need. Although I've seen other quilters at those shows, they are mostly making usable items: table runners, placemats, bed quilts, pillows, etc. So, I haven't been able to network with anyone doing similar work. (Hopefully there will be a niche for me, because I don't seem to see any competition locally, but I don't know what to expect.)<br><br>
So, what do the rest of you make and how do you decide how much to produce? Are you just starting out or have you be doing fairs for a while? How many shows/year do you do?<br><br>
Bedtime for DS. More later!<br><br>
Betzi <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/sewmachine.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="sew">
hi, mamas. I wanted to sub this thread, thanks.<br>
I have to say, Betzi, I clicked your link-your quilts are amazing, incredible, beautiful, inspiring. girl, please make as many beautiful things as you can; I pray you are blessed to sell as many as you like. good luck to you mama, but I dont think you will need it!
Wow, thanks for the compliment! I'm suffering from some self-esteem issues and self-doubt about whether I can really make a go of it and positive feedback always helps! My goals for this month include opening a bank acct. for business only, getting a seller's permit, registering to pay tax on what I sell, writing a business plan, having my mom come to visit for my birthday, and having DS evaluated for about half a dozen developmental delays related to speech and language and sensory issues! Oh, we also have to get our taxes done this month!!! Guess my plate's kinda full huh? No wonder I'm stressing!<br><br>
But, having the crafting / quilting to focus on really helps keep me sane so on good days I'm very optimistic that all will work out in the end. Sometimes I function better with deadlines, so my New Year's resolutions include making more structured time for quilting every week.<br><br>
Anyhow, thanks again! I still want to know what kinds of crafts others are doing or thinking about doing?<br><br>
Your quilts really are great and you have a very professional website.<br><br>
Good luck with all the plans for January. I get all of my bookeeping ready in January and turn it over to the CPA in February. W2s and extra income forms don't have to be mailed out until Jan 31st. A few places wait until the last minute to send them out.
Betzi, I am a quilter myself. Your work is really exquisite!<br><br>
For craft shows, you need a range of products. A large number of smaller, affordable items, and then a few showpiece quilts like on your web site. Make sure you price the large ones high enough to cover all the time involved!<br><br>
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Try this link:<br><br><a href="http://www.findacraftfair.com/" target="_blank">http://www.findacraftfair.com/</a><br><br>