BTW...if you're in the western PA area and would like to come for my A·Muse Studio open house (Sunday, April 17th 12 - 4), please email me (email@example.com) & I'll send you more information. I have 3 projects (+1 for kids) planned along with specials, door prizes, food, and more.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
My First Craft Show
This Saturday, I set up a table for the first time at a Craft & Vendor show. Unfortunately, the weather & lack of promotion by the show organizer meant a VERY small turnout (I'd say less than 40 people). While I was hoping to make more connections to share info about A·Muse Studio with local crafters, I did learn a lot from this show.
The lessons I learned: (sorry for the poor photo quality - my focus seemed off)
Font needs to be BIG and easy to read. I placed price labels next to all items & while I thought these were really good, there were people that struggled seeing them. This photo shows the left side of my table which held my Easter-y items: pencil packs, skittles purses, bunny poop, tic tac holders, bunny nuggets, and cards. In the back right corner of the photo, you'll see bags of donut seeds.
Here's a photo of the different types of notebooks I sold. I placed a sign on the crate listing upcoming holidays & events, thinking people would use these as a reference and make the purchases. Um...I don't think a single person paid any attention to this. Now this may have been due to the small crowd. The magnetic post-it note holders were a hit. Next time, I will place them on a cookie sheet, so people can see them 'at work' - again, no one seemed to read my little sign stating 'magnetic.'
This is the right end of my table which held more notebooks and information about A·Muse Studio. The photo below shows a close up.
Here I had a mailing list sign up, business cards, flyers for my open house, free water bottles with my business information, and a large sign about my open house. I will say that this did capture attention - too bad more people weren't there :( Especially when I had to lug a bunch of water outta there.
Now for my big seller...golly!
Leave it to dogs! While I figured these would sell, I didn't think they'd outsell my Easter stuff. I guess it's hard to judge because of the lack of traffic, but I will make these for any future shows I decide to do. The image on the bag topper is from the Cricut cartridge Create A Critter.
I'm really pleased with my first attempt at a craft show. I know it wasn't an elaborate set up like I've seen from others, but I was happy with it. After dealing with being sick all week, it's a miracle that I was even ready.