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Posted on amount of inventory for 1st craft show

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#1 posted 06-30-2019 11:13 AM

Chiming in a bit late on this one. My wife and I have been doing sales for somewhere around 8 or 9 years now. We generally do about 4 or 5 a year mostly the same venues. Every show is different. Spring shows are notoriously slow. We have found that diversity is the key, she sews and makes fabric items and I do wood stuff we fall in to the categories of games/puzzles, housewares and every day carry items. Prices range from $2 to $65 for one of my bigger outdoor games (which have not sold well). Having such abroad spectrum of inventory can be a bit of a challenge but it helps to spread the sales out over the course of the shows.

Hopefully you don’t let your first show be a reflection of any future shows. Our first show we used half a 6’ table while my mom used the other half to sell baby blankets and burp towels :) we sold my $50 of stuff. One thing my wife and I try to do know is go to a show first walk around and talk to a vendor or two about the show. Also see how many vendors are doing the same thing you are. Steer clear of any show that has a large amount of company vendors or cheap junk vendors.

As to Etsy, we have been on there for years and made 12 sales. Unless you really want to pour a lot of time into it or have something that no one else has it does not seem worth it. We took the plunge this year and launched our own site. Takes time but looking forward to building it up.

Hope this helps.


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