Good Morning Everyone,
This year, I did 5 craft shows which were a lot for me and they were all good. With the 5 craft shows, I was able to recoup all my craft expenses. Yay! I didn't make any profit but I still have lots of supplies, papers, punches and die cuts. I considered those items are my profit because I am going to spend all the money on them later anyway.
Here was my table for the first show that I did this year. It was at a high school. It was on October, 23 the weekend before Halloween but I didn't make any Halloween projects to sell at the show. As you can see my table was almost empty and this was right after I set up. I haven't sold a thing at this point. But at the end of the show, I somehow sold a total of a little over $300. I sold 1 card during the entire show from the poster board on the right hand side but I sold two sets of card. See picture below for card sets. The two ladies who bought the card set didn't even look at the cards. They saw the purses and they wanted it.
I made two similar sets to this set. I put 10 cards in each purse and sold for $20 each purse.
I also sold a lot of the empty top note boxes and purses. People bought them for gift card holders.
This show was at a hospital. It was the annual employees craft show. I didn't work there but my husband does. I always sold the most here. This year the traffic was not good. But I was surprised that I made more money than last year. Are you wondering how much? Just a little over $500. I couldn't believe those $2 and $3 did add up to quite a bit.
The card purses were sold within the hour I was there. Too bad I only had four here. I took most of the cards that I made through the year and put 10 cards and 10 envelops in each purse. I only sold for $20 each purse. I wanted them to sell that was why I priced them low. I rather make less money than bring the stuffs back home. Now I can make more!
In front of the card purses were the chocolate top note boxes. Also sold very good. There were 9 pieces of Hershey nuggets in each box. I warped each nugget with either designer papers or with embossed card stocks. I made everything coordinated.
Individual card purse. The papers for the purses were from the Luxury stack from DCVW. Love that paper pack! This is my second pack.
I made this purse template but I was inspired from Becky Robert.
Some craft show tips:
I only went to the event that said "craft show" only and the admission is free to shoppers.
I attended the craft show around Fall. When people started thinking about the upcoming holiday.
I picked and chose the craft show that had been going on for many years. All the show that I attended had been going on for at least 10 years and took place around the same time of the year.
I priced my items low. It wasn't like I didn't like making money. Everyone always thought twice before spending. So if I wanted to continue enjoying my paper crafts. I needed to get rid some of the stuffs that I've created in order for me to make more.
I paid no more than $40 for the space.
Hope this help some of you.