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Blog entry by NoWhiskeyWoodworking posted 11-16-2021 02:01 PM 462 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, this coming Saturday, due to an unforeseen opening, I will be trying to sell my woodworking at a Holiday Bazaar.

The price for the table isn’t too bad: $25.

Since I just started woodworking in June, I’ll need to fight the “fraud” factor. I keep imagining a seasoned woodworker stopping by my table, picking up a box and asking, “So what, did you put this polyurethane on with a used toothbrush, or what?”

My biggest thing is probably pricing. This is not a woodworking specific show, but more of a local craftspeople show to sell possible Christmas presents. It’s in Bay City, Michigan, so a somewhat rustbelt, industrial city (a little over 30k population)

For instance, I was considering going $125 on this clock? Too low? Too high? Do people haggle at these things?

Any thoughts anyone has would be appreciated!

-- Van "If you're looking for perfection, don't look here."



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splintergroup

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#1 posted 11-16-2021 04:17 PM

It seems like not that long ago I also attended my first crafts fair. I doubled up with my wife’s glass work.

It was a three day event and rarely any time to take a break! I did have a blast, talked my self hoarse.

I’ve done a few more shows at the same venue since then and always an interesting mix of people. Seems there always are a few “groupies” that love to hang around and gab. Very few cash customers, fortunately my wife had the “Square” reader for her phone which allowed credit cards. Also glad I had the foresight to bring plenty of packing material for the more fragile items (exposed clock hands are very delicate!)

As to pricing, that really depends on the event. Learn as you go.
I also found that it’s good to be prepared to offer “discounts” (5-10%) since many people ask when they buy several items. Also good to place things where people can touch them and also give them space so they don;t feel you are hovering.

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NoWhiskeyWoodworking

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#2 posted 11-16-2021 05:36 PM

Thanks, Splint! All of this will be helpful!

-- Van "If you're looking for perfection, don't look here."

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#3 posted 11-16-2021 05:49 PM

id say thats a fair price but as splint said ya gotta feel out what your area is willing to pay.just consider the first show a learning experience.my wife used to do toll painting and did a local crafts show every year,never made much money but it covered the expenses and got rid of the stuff she made.otherwise what do you do with it.i helped her out,and it was more fun than profit.good luck and let us know how it turns out.looking to do some myself when i retire.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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NoWhiskeyWoodworking

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#4 posted 11-16-2021 05:54 PM

Yeah, not sure if I’d be doing one if it didn’t just pop up. Had a friend who knew I was woodworking say, “Hey, there’s this local craft show that raises money for middle school activities. All you gotta do is pay the $25 for a table. They have two spots open.” Then, he started a text message between me and the guy that organizes the thing.

So, the work was kinda done for me!

As it turns out, you also donate one item for their raffle, but I got no problem with that.

We’ll see how it goes… and I will update!


id say thats a fair price but as splint said ya gotta feel out what your area is willing to pay.just consider the first show a learning experience.my wife used to do toll painting and did a local crafts show every year,never made much money but it covered the expenses and got rid of the stuff she made.otherwise what do you do with it.i helped her out,and it was more fun than profit.good luck and let us know how it turns out.looking to do some myself when i retire.

- pottz


-- Van "If you're looking for perfection, don't look here."

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#5 posted 11-16-2021 06:09 PM

Never done a craft fair…

BEST OF LUCK!!!!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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NoWhiskeyWoodworking

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#6 posted 11-16-2021 07:32 PM

Thanks!

-- Van "If you're looking for perfection, don't look here."

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bugradx2

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#7 posted 11-16-2021 08:41 PM

I’d be very curious to hear your thoughts once it’s complete!

-- The only thing not measured in my shop is time

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NoWhiskeyWoodworking

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#8 posted 11-16-2021 08:58 PM

I’ll try to remember to post a blog about it!


I d be very curious to hear your thoughts once it s complete!

- bugradx2


-- Van "If you're looking for perfection, don't look here."

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#9 posted 11-18-2021 05:57 PM

Have you watched “flea market flip” ? I think it is on TLC. Lara Spencer is the host.

I feel like that would be the perfect preparation for a craft fair. Good luck!

-- Go team!

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NoWhiskeyWoodworking

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#10 posted 11-18-2021 06:06 PM

I don’t know that I’d have time to catch an episode before Saturday, but I’ll have to look into the show.

Maybe it will be a fun show to watch post-Holiday Bazaar.


Have you watched “flea market flip” ? I think it is on TLC. Lara Spencer is the host.

I feel like that would be the perfect preparation for a craft fair. Good luck!

- Woodforbrains


-- Van "If you're looking for perfection, don't look here."

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#11 posted 11-19-2021 09:03 AM

Price can be hit or miss. One show will be different than another. Depending on the crowd it attracts. Smalls will sell easier than big ticket items. People are more apt to have $10 or $25 in their pocket to spend. A Square helps for items over that significantly. Have a small card on table with the credit card logos. So, also offer some smalls. I offered Lay-away terms on my big ticket items. Some liked that. But I offered a assortment of one item for $100 each and another big ticket item which was Cedar Chests and Hope Chests. Next time I’m bringing Smalls also to sell. Like wooden spoons and Pizza Cutters.

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NoWhiskeyWoodworking

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#12 posted 11-19-2021 11:50 AM

Yeah, I’m at the point where I don’t have much small. I am an author too, so I’ll be bring some copies of my novels and short story collection. Those will sell for $10.

I’m not too worried about making sales. My investment is minimal, and it’s a good cause.

I will look into a credit card square. I’m sure they are easy, but tech makes me all skittish.


Price can be hit or miss. One show will be different than another. Depending on the crowd it attracts. Smalls will sell easier than big ticket items. People are more apt to have $10 or $25 in their pocket to spend. A Square helps for items over that significantly. Have a small card on table with the credit card logos. So, also offer some smalls. I offered Lay-away terms on my big ticket items. Some liked that. But I offered a assortment of one item for $100 each and another big ticket item which was Cedar Chests and Hope Chests. Next time I m bringing Smalls also to sell. Like wooden spoons and Pizza Cutters.

- WoodenDreams


-- Van "If you're looking for perfection, don't look here."

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#13 posted 11-20-2021 11:55 AM

Van, hope you have good luck at the show. I to have been thinking about hitting some shows, and yes the big question is how to price things out. It seems that there are a lot of folks that don’t want to pay the price for hand made items. Bit the time you figure materials, setup time and a decent hourly rate it bring the item up in price.

Example, the Keepsake Box I did a few months ago, spent about $50 on materials and 20 hours. But I milled all of my trim pieces too. So at $10 and hour, will folks pay &250 – $300 for the box?

And that is cheap labor.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#14 posted 11-20-2021 06:45 PM

i think the craft shows are great for people that love to make stuff and need to get rid of it,i mean how many clocks,pens,bowls and what not does a person need ? so if you can make enough money to pay for your hobby and have some fun i think there great.if you wanna make some real money though probably not.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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