If you’re thinking about selling at craft fairs for the first time, you’ve probably already noticed there is a lot of information out there for vendors! It’s easy to become overwhelmed about starting this new aspect of your business.
Today, I’m sharing several resources to help you start off your experience as a craft fair vendor on the right foot.
Legal and Tax Issues
The U.S. Small Business Administration blog post, “How to Legally Sell Your Goods at Fairs, Garage Sales, Flea Markets, and Craft Shows,” reviews the major legal and tax implications of getting started as a craft fair vendor. This post will help you think through craft fair involvement before you get started so that you don’t run into legal or tax problems later.
The Creative Income Blog has pages of great articles about craft fairs! (You can find the complete craft fair archives here.) Three recent articles that will help first time craft fair vendors are:
- How to Decide If a Craft Fair Venue is Right for Your Creative Business
- 3 Things that Will Make Your Craft Booth Instantly Appealing to Customers
- 7 Rules for a Successful Craft Fair Booth
After reading these articles, you’ll have a better sense of how to approach your booth and prepare for your first craft fair.
More craft fair resources..
Another great read is the 2015 Crafter’s Market: How to Sell Your Crafts and Make a Living, the first in a series of annual books aimed directly at crafters who sell their work for profit. In addition to articles on indie craft shows and pricing, the book also includes detailed listings of craft fairs and shows, and a regional craft show index to make it easy for you to find a local show.
I had a chance to interview one of the authors, Grace Dobush, in this episode of the Creative Yarn Entrepreneur Show. Grace is also the organizer of Crafty Supermarket, an indie craft fair in Cincinnati, so she shares her perspective as a craft fair organizer and as a vendor.
Craft Fair Packing Checklist
It’s easy to forget to pack something, especially as you prepare for your first craft show! What to Bring to a Craft Fair in the Etsy Seller Handbook has a simple checklist to make sure you bring everything you need to your first fair.
Don’t forget Pop-Up Shops and Consignment!
If sitting at a booth all day isn’t a great fit with your personality or lifestyle, you may want to consider consigning your work to another vendor at a craft fair or pop-up shop. You can learn more about both by listening to this interview with Vadis Artist on the Etsy Conversations Podcast.
If you’re an experienced craft fair vendor, what do you think is most important for the newbies to know? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!
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