Post # 1
Hi Bees….I am getting ready to sell my hair bows and hand painted signs at local craft fairs….as i am a’ newbie’ at this ….I was wondering if anyone else on here had any tips, ideas, Ect……or if you shop at craft fairs please let me know what you look for in a booth. Thanks in advance Bees!
Post # 2
I sell wreaths at craft fairs sometimes. I’m actually working on Halloween ones right now. Display as much merchandise as possible, and if you’re willing to create custom pieces be sure to advertise it boldly. People love custom made crafts. Do some research and focus on things that make your hair bows and signs different from others. Customers tend to ignore booths that sell very similar looking items. Keep your prices realistic as well. Good luck!
Post # 3
misskittykakes: I sell hair bows at a local craft show every now and again. I just make sure I have a lot of product and I color code everything. There is something about color coded items that really draw people in. I also find it inclines people to buy more of something because an item may look better in the bunch than apart. Make sure your prices are clearly and firmly stated. Nothing I hate more than haggling over a $1 hair bow.
Post # 4
Thank you guys so much for the responses….do you normally sell more during the holiday season or does it really matter. Do you have a pic of your booth/display you can post?
MrsMeowton: what do you mean by ‘color coding’ your items.
Post # 5
Ooh I do! I’ve been selling at fairs for several years. Here are my best tips:
- Merchandising: think about how you will layout your booth. It’s easy just to put everything on a table, but could you hang your items? Or display them on boards? Check out Pinterest for ideas.
- Branding: even if you’re only small, give your booth a name. Hang a sign, get some cheap business cards. Make sure your tablecloths match your brand etc
- Point of Difference: this kind of falls under branding, but make it clear to customers why your booth is unique. Do you hand-make everything personally? Do you use vintage or recycled materials? Have you made something special for someone (e.g. advertise if you have made products for brides etc)
- Pricing: As PP have said, make sure everything is clearly marked. Offer mulit-deals (buy one for $5 or three for $10) if you like.
- Packaging: Make sure everything is well-packaged and ensure you have carry bags for people.
Finally, the most important thing is to be on your feet and engaging with customers ALL day. It’s so easy just to set up your booth and hope that people buy, but if you’re up there speaking with people and looking enthusiastic, you’re 10x more likely to sell things.
We sell all year roung but the holiday season is definitely better for sales. Best of luck with the new venture!
Post # 6
misskittykakes: Color coded: I lay all of the blue bows together, all of the purple bows together, all of the pinks bows together, etc. It’s more eye catching and in my experience it’s made people buy more than one at a time.