Craft show experiment #1: What I'm selling and my setup

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Blog entry by Ebro posted 12-01-2015 03:53 AM 1802 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have wanted to do this for quite some time, so I signed up to sell at a local craft show/fundraiser for my son’s show choir this Saturday. I’ve been working on my inventory, mainly on weekends, since September. Most of my product can be seen in my recent project posts for those who are interested.

I’ve got more than enough inventory to take care of the show. Actually, I’ve kind of over done it. Besides the woodworking, I’ve set up a credit card reader, started an etsy store (DBWoodOriginals) and am now working on my setup for the show. My space only includes an 8’ table but for $35 what more can I expect?

Here are a few pictures of my practice setup. I’m working with a 6’ table, but I’ll have 2’ more on Saturday. I’m missing room for some golf club coat racks, refrigerator magnets, and pens but the magnets are the most important thing I don’t have in my practice setup. My intention was to raise some of the items up higher, but I’m happy as is (so far). I’ll leave this up for a few days to see how I feel later on. If anyone has any advice, I’d appreciate it.

The table

Close ups. I have utensil examples out to encourage people to pick them up and ask questions.

I don’t have overly high expectations of the show, but I’m hopeful. What I have on the table is less than half of my inventory. I’m trying not to over-clutter the table but as I sell, I’ll replace that item with another. Having been there for years as a volunteer, I’d estimate there are 500 people attending. I’ve been posting on social media trying to generate some interest. I’m not overly worried about sales, whatever doesn’t sell will end up on my etsy store. What I have listed so far is pretty minimal.

I’m working on my list of items to have on Saturday. Business cards, chalk and wet wipes for the price tags, salt for a salt cellar display, cash box, startup cash, my Square, batteries for the clocks, bottled water, and snacks. I’m sure I’ll add to that list before Saturday. If I’m missing something major please let me know.

My next blog post will be how the show went. Hopefully it’ll be a positive experience.

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#1 posted 12-01-2015 09:46 AM

I have no craft show sales experience, but it looks to me that you have some nice products there. Unfortunately due to your limited display space, your products tend to blend together detracting from the individual items. It might have helped to have plain colored boxes at different heights to place some of the goods on so that they would catch the customers eye better.

Good luck with your sales, I hope you have a successful day!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 12-01-2015 12:16 PM

Mike, good advice, I agree with you. I’ll try another setup and post it. Thanks for the help. Definitely glad I’m working the kinks out now.

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#3 posted 12-01-2015 02:27 PM

Love what you are doing. Great job!

First question you should hear: “Are those Lazy Susans?” :-)

You are choosing to have a crowded table, and that does affect how people interact with your pieces. You want them to touch the wood. Touching indicates (potentially) real interest. Clutter may leave people afraid to touch.

Table cloths should go to the floor to hide your containers.

How are you wrapping purchases? We sometimes stack containers behind the table, cover the stack with a tablecloth and put the wrapping materials there.

Do you have care instructions on a handout? If the buyer is giving the item as a gift does the recipient know who you are in case they want to get another?

How are you making change? Are you charging sales tax, or will that come out of the purchase price? How are you figuring the sales tax?

You certainly have great looking products. Have fun meeting people …

You may enjoy my blog where I discuss our experiences doing events. Go to my blog and search for The Board Chonicles and you will see the displays for both my cutting boards and my wife’s skin care products.

Good luck!

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA,

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#4 posted 12-01-2015 03:32 PM

Henry, I have read quite a bit of your blog. I’ve really enjoyed it!

I am worried about crowding, so I’m going to work on that this week. I’m weighing the balance between having some of everything out and having too much. The extra 24 inches I gain from my practice table to the Saturday setup will help.

Great suggestion on the table cloth, I’ll have quite a bit of extra stuff with me.

I’ve got bags, paper to wrap items and boxes for some of the small pieces ready to go.

The back of my card will have care instructions.

I have the change part figured out but I hadn’t thought about sales tax, coincidentally, I’ll be talking with an accountant later today so I’ll see what his thoughts are.

Thanks for the input! The feedback I’m getting is really helpful. I’ll be making changes and posting new pics in the next day or two.

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