Have you ever held a stall at a craft and vintage type fair?
Yesterday was my first and very quiet despite a very popular farmers’ market nearby, which surprised me; it was not overly encouraging, I must admit. Thankfully I did realise that it was not just me selling little (thanks to the experience of the author beside me who attends hundreds of fairs each year).
- meeting fellow stall holders and learning from them and their experiences
- understanding what is likely to sell to more people
- getting a feel for which times of year work better and to not assume other events nearby will increase the “footfall”
It is intriguing, the whole idea of earning a living at craft fairs – I cannot see how it is possible, to be honest, unless you have something quite widely popular. Of course it really does depend on the visitors, which can be made harder for the organiser if their posters are removed, and there are nearby events going on that take up all the car parking in the area instead of offering more visitors to the fair as well (which is what I’d figured would be the case).
Anyway – I am glad I went. I sold very little and certainly not enough to warrant the time spent in preparing, but did cover the price of the stall and a little extra, and learned much for the next time. Will I do another? Quite probably but elsewhere, I expect.
Perhaps with just the beeswax candles in cups, and the boxes, but with things to put in them… Himself has made a couple of suggestions, which is encouraging from someone who is not excessive in his encouragements, shall we say.
Things to remember for next time:
- be prepared a week before, not half an hour before!
- remember to print labels and notes (I forgot my beeswax candle information) for the table
- be a little less eclectic; less of the retro items in which only a few people might be interested, instead of it just reminding many of their nan’s house!
- drink more (water, that is 😉 )
- and keep the table cover plain
Please share your experiences and tips for others, and if you’d like to write more, let me know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.