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Craft Show Conundrum

May 26, 2010

I'm thinking these cute little earrings probably would bring me luck at my first craft fair

Some days it feels like things just can’t move fast enough. Already, we’re here with Memorial Day Weekend just around the corner and the craft show scene spread before us. So I’ve been putting a lot of thought into the business of craft shows, something I must admit I’d always taken for granted as a craft show attendee.

First off, there is so much inventory to tote around! If there’s one thing I’ve read over and over again, it’s that the more stuff you have, the more likely people will be to stop and take a closer look (this is true whether you’re online @ Etsy or at a local craft fair).

While I can sit down and make jewelry all night until the cows come home, it’s amazing to me how challenging it has been to get my store inventory up. There’s all the photography, photo editing (and photo shopping), pricing, description writing, tagging. Whew! Right now, I’m hovering around 20 items, but I’ve made a goal to list at least 2 new things every day. Good thing I can make it faster than I can list it. And to look decent at even a small craft show, I’d need to triple that I think.

Then there are all the logistical details beyond the actual jewelry to think about. Things like application fees, tents, tables, display materials, promotional materials, not to mention insurance …. yes, you read that right … INSURANCE …. most events (at least the good ones, I think), require vendors to carry liability insurance so they’re covered in the event someone trips in their booth. YIKES! Who on earth stops to consider those sorts of things when they’re strolling through a little craft fair? I’m just usually looking for the ice cream and lemonade (after scouting out all the good jewelry, of course).

However, never say never … Even though I have admittedly hermit-like tendencies (you know it’s bad when your 14-year-old takes you aside and says, “Mom, you really need to get out of the house more often”), I really do enjoy chatting with complete strangers at craft fairs, and I think it would be very fun to come up with all the previously mentioned booth details. And just think of all the people watching! That would be heaven in my book.

So while I may not make it into the summer circuit, maybe you’ll be able to find me later in the year at a holiday show or two. I’ll keep you posted!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 31, 2010 4:29 pm

    For five years I did a full year of juried shows — nearly 20 some years, so a LOT of outdoor summer shows. This year, however, I dropped all but one outdoor show (it’s the last weekend of September so not expected to be boiling hot) and kept my top four indoor shows.

    I just needed a break. I couldn’t keep up enough inventory without losing all my sleep and reading time, and heaven help me if I got sick. Plus I NEVER had time to learn new things. So I focus now more on my internet store and the shows I *did* pick.

    If you’re interested, I started a blog the beginning of this year about the journey of taking this much time off, my plans, and how it’s going —

    Best wishes to you!

  2. June 1, 2010 9:11 am

    Thanks, Lori, for your insights — and thanks for pointing me to your excellent blog. It’s inspiring to see people change their lives to take care of themselves better. Adding to my blogroll now!

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