Craft show experiment #3: The recap of an amazing day

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Blog entry by Ebro posted 12-06-2015 02:54 PM 1506 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It was finally sale day! I got started setting up at 6am. I had gotten to bed at 11:30 the night before and had been up since 4 thinking about it so I was already exhausted. The show is run by the high school show choir and was well organized and had lots of kids helping to get everything unloaded. Setup went well and the extra table length compared to my practice setups was more helpful than I thought.

The show started at 9:00. I had a good start and had sold all of my golf club coat racks by 9:30 and later took an order for another. Note to self: make more of those next time.

The morning was very strong, I had $500 I sales by 11:00. This show is built around performances by the elementary, middle school and high school show choirs and a parent run bake sale. As expected, the crowd was spurty and every time a performance went on, sales stopped. The lulls gave me a chance to rework my setup and talk to other vendors who stopped by. I was drawing lots of attention and apparently people were noticing the rookie was doing well.

What drew the most attention throughout the day were the watch clocks and curved spatulas. Those items got people to stop and ask questions. My success seemed to be that I had items in all price ranges and the majority of my inventory was kitchen related.

Somewhat to my surprise, cutting boards sold very well and pens sold much better than expected.

In the end, I had gross sales of $725 which was more than 20x booth fees… way beyond my expectations. Talking to vendors near my space and other woodworkers, they didn’t have the success I did. It was a great experience and I’ll definitely be back next year for this one. I give a lot of credit to the Lumberjocks community for help along the way with advice and encouragement on the craft show experiment and individual project posts. I’m not sure if I’ll do any other shows but I’m considering it. I’ll be working to stock my etsy store to see how that goes.

Thanks for reading!

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Mr M's Woodshop

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#1 posted 12-06-2015 02:58 PM


Congratulations on a job well done.

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA,

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#2 posted 12-06-2015 03:04 PM

I am glad you had a good show (that is as long as I am not in the same show ;-)! The pictures of the tables look wonderful.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#3 posted 12-06-2015 03:18 PM

Thank you.

Henry, I definitely heard “are those lazy susans” a few times yesterday. Thanks for your advice!

WoodNSwdust, Ha ha! If you’re heading to northeast Indiana for a show next December let me know and I’ll dial back for you.

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#4 posted 12-06-2015 03:29 PM

congrats on great sales


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#5 posted 12-08-2015 02:34 AM

what were the booth fee? $250?
there is a place here that does this type of ‘show’ every weekend… kind of like an inside flee market. But the booth rental fee for the month was well over $500. I’ve never did a craft show, but it sounds fun.

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#6 posted 12-08-2015 03:05 AM

Holbs, the fee for this show was $35. It’s a once a year thing. I doubt I would have done it if it was expensive. It was a great experience, with or without the sales. The money definitely made it better though.

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#7 posted 12-08-2015 04:28 PM

Congrats on a successful first show. Now you’re “hooked”, right?

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#8 posted 12-08-2015 08:05 PM

Don, definitely! I’m taking a break to work on the shop for a while, but I’m already thinking about what I’m going to do different next year. Maybe I’ll even add a show. Baby steps… I want this to be a hobby, but earning good $$ makes me think about doing more!

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