‘Tis the season! Craft fair season that is. As you’re busily shuffling around trying to get all your product made, priced, and displayed some of the finer details of preparing for a craft fair can easily be forgotten or just slip through the cracks. Having multiple craft show checklists running is probably something that you do already, but it can’t hurt to check and double check right? The last thing you want to happen is to show up at craft fair and realize you forgot to bring change.
Craft Show Checklists
This article I found is actually just a long list of all the items you could ever need at any craft show. I kind of love that. It’s sometimes great to have an extensive list even if you don’t need a lot of the items on it. Besides, it always feels good to cross items off a list, even if you didn’t have to actually gather them. You can find the list on Handmadeology.
I also found a really detailed article with 30 Things to Bring to a Craft Fair. I like how this blogger included explanations for any of the items that weren’t no-brainers. She also offers insights on how she accepts payments at craft shows – something I always find interesting.
Craft Show Tips
No matter how many craft fairs you’ve attended or participated in, there is always something to learn or a new way to do something a little differently. What I like about this article is that it offers up tips for both indoor and outdoor craft fairs. Bookmark it too keep all year long if you don’t have any indoor craft fairs planned for the summer.
Etsy also put up an article full of craft show tips on their blog. It’s got some really great and detailed tips on putting your best foot forward at your booth. Try out some of their tips and let us know if they worked for you! And if those aren’t enough, you can always try some of these craft show display tips to make your display stand out from the crowd!
Now we all know that sometimes people can be less that pleasant. That’s just the hazard of retail and, don’t fool yourself, you are definitely working retail when selling your items at a craft fair booth. To help you (and myself) out, I found this article on dealing with difficult customers at craft fairs to help you keep your charm and smile though the sale.
Of course, if you still haven’t participated in a craft fair, save this collection for your first one! And in the mean time, read this article on why you should absolutely participate in craft fairs. And once you’ve decided you’re ready, ask yourself a few of these questions to figure out which craft fairs are the right ones for you, because not all of them will fit your customer base and there is nothing worse than wasting your time, money, and patience on a craft fair that’s not profitable.