Year-Round Craft Show Best Sellers


I recently conducted a very unscientific survey. That is, I went to a few craft shows in my area and made a special point to notice what was selling. I wasn’t vending, just wandering around seeing if anything struck my fancy with a mind to report back here with some observations.

Keep in mind that there is no reason to change what you are doing. The items that sell in your area may be different. You may have ZERO interest in making some of the items I noticed.

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Jewelry – Jewelry always seems to sell no matter how many vendors at the show are selling similar things. It seems that folks are buying early for the holidays as I heard a couple of remarks about pieces being purchased for gifts. Jewelry with initials, words or phrases seem to be particularly popular. Everything from a necklace with a single typewriter key or metal initial to spoons stamped with words like “lucky” or “dream” and bracelets with lines of poetry stamped in them.

Food – especially artisan, gourmet or organic food items seem to be selling well. If you are a honey farm, organic herb grower, maker of fine jams or jellies you might find that sales are good this summer. Keep food safety in mind during hot weather and if you can set aside some product for customers to sample. Attractive gift baskets seem to be pretty popular too. Maybe you can get together with a couple of other food artisans you know and create baskets for the foodies at the craft shows.

Sewn items – sewn items made with vintage fabrics or quilts seem to be really popular right now. Small pillows, dolls, tote bags, aprons and the like made with faded, much loved fabrics and trims seem to make people feel nostalgic and comforted at the same time.

Personalized items – if it has your best friends’ new baby name on it and it doesn’t cost a small fortune it makes a perfect baby gift. Everything from jewelry to dog bowls to wall art. The good thing about this is that lots of things creative business owners make can be made to include some form of personalization. Names, wedding dates and birth dates are just a few of the ways to personalize items. If you can offer personalization be sure to place a few signs in your booth stating the fact.

Bath Products – People are not only fussy about what they are putting IN their bodies but also what they are putting ON their bodies. Body washes, shampoos, scrubs and lotions made with natural ingredients were hot sellers at a couple of the shows I visited. Again, if you can have some out for shoppers to try you may convince someone who is hesitant. Just be watchful as flowery scented items can attract stinging insects. If you notice the bees hanging around a little too much you may  want to keep the cap on the items until someone asks about trying it.


Have you attended many craft shows so far this summer? What did you notice was selling?

By: Vicki O’Dell , The Creative Goddess

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  1. Pat says

    Have seen anyone with crochetted items? I crochet babysets, blankets, bibs, kitchen towels and wash or dishclothes. My dishclothes have been good sellers besides my kitchen towels.
    I have been trying to leave out my baby sets and find a great seller to replace them. I have been looking at craft mags and other sources but have not found anything.

    • Jan says

      I went to a craft fair today and there were no baby items there at all. A lot of the people were from a senior community so that may have been the reason. Only holiday items were present

  2. says

    I’ve found that recycled items are HUGE, especially at school craft shows. Kids love seeing what you can do with found objects, cans, bottlecaps, etc. I also use drapery swatches to make small coin purses and chapstick keychains that always sell out!

  3. Dawn Wilson says

    We’re new at this, but the few that we’ve done show me that your items above are right on target. Our product is extremely different and hasn’t been seen – or so we keep being told! Shellybeans makes multi-purpose hangers. What started out as jewelry hangers expanded to kitchen, bath & bedroom, everywhere hangers. Something that you didn’t mention that I saw selling like mad was seasonal items like corn stalks in the fall, Team color items, & saying signs. I’ll let you know what I see in the Christmas shows!

  4. Jennifer Sharp says

    Crocheted scrubbies were hot all summer at the weekly Farmer’s Market, along with dishcloths and gift sets with mugs. Also hot all summer was home made fudge, breads, bagels and my husband’s homemade snacker crackers. As people began thinking gift giving time, scrubbies and dishcloths remain hot, along with crochet topped kitchen towels, hats, slipper socks and baby bootie and hat sets.

  5. Jennifer Sharp says

    Another super hot seller all summer were jumbo scrubbies with scrubbie mesh on one side and cotton thread on the other made for washing cars!

    • Cheryl Murphy says

      I crochet baby blankets, but have also started to add recycles of silverware into key chains and wind chimes. They will be in the first craft show in November. Anybody out there tried this? We are in Upstate NY.

      • says

        I’m a firm believer that people should specialize and only sell the type of thing that they specified on their vendor application so that show producers can manage the mix properly.

        My friend makes silverware jewelry, but was undercut at a poorly managed craft show by the woodworking guy who also had a tray of spoon rings. I crochet and was annoyed at the same show when I saw that the hot dog vendor was allowed to display a basket of crocheted scarves on the counter.

  6. janice Greenwood says

    I can make crochet into dishcloths, doll clothes bears of the month , monthly wreaths with crochet decorations. I make beautiful things and people just walk by. I need HELP

  7. Toni says

    My Biggest seller is keychains fobs, bracelets, and dog collars. Oh yeah, and my scarves were a hit. I did over $1000+ on them last winter season.

  8. Karlue says

    When I lived in PA and made fake foods i did really well at craft shows and I was the only one with that type of craft. Since moving to Georgia there really isn’t a want for fake foods. I miss creating my cakes and cupcakes.

  9. Fran Wilcox says

    remember that to sell food. you must have a license from the State./county etc from the health dept. Actually it is your kitchen that has to pass inspection for this license.

  10. Lisa says

    I would also like to add that the items that sell also depends on where you live. I live in southeast central Florida and crochet items don’t sell very well here, even dishcloths. I crochet and have for 30 years and never seem to be able to get rid of what I make. I’ve even tried to make layettes for Christenings and they don’t seem to go far. What sells here is bath items, especially natural organic stuff, and jewelry. Food items don’t sell well here unless you’re selling out of a food truck. Many of the craft shows and flea markets I’ve frequented both on and off season do pretty good selling team sport items (pro and collegiate), jewelry. I guess the bottom line is, go to the shows and see which booths have the most people flocking around them, then you’ll know what’s selling and what’s not.

  11. Phyllis C says

    I too sell at craft shows – all over Central Florida, and now I little bit into Georgia……… I am finding that Craft Shows are changing dramatically; it used to be you went to and bought at a craft show the kind of things you couldn’t find in the “mass Market”, and people were willing to spend the $$ ( not overpriced) for the hand made and unique items. I have found now, that “most” are “looking” for a “deal” and will walk right by if you don’t have rock bottom pricing or if you won’t sell it “cheaper” that what you have it marked. Very important to mark your items.
    I find we have to be constantly evolving, and should try ( if possible) to carry enough of a variety that you can appeal to (1) one that appreciates the hard work we do and is looking for good quality, (2) the “average shopper” who is looking for good deals (without undercutting everything), and (3) the total cheapskate. ( sorry, they are out there)………..

    I sell Stainless steel and Sterling Silver jewelry, Women’s and Men’s, many with Swarovski elements, and larger size women’s clothing that I embellish ( add to the basic design with embroidery, beads, sequins etc. I also have some silver plate jewelry, and some “end of season” dresses available for those who want to spend very little.

    My Standard response for someone who wants me to “cut a deal” or lower my prices is:
    “Thanks for your interest. My pricing is based on my costs of materials, show fees, time and advertising. I am pricing everything to make it fair for all. ” There is no shipping and you can take it home with you today!! Note: I also have a printed sign that I hang in my tent that says : THIS IS NOT A FLEA MARKET……
    It works :)

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