DOING CRAFT FAiRS Buying and Selling my Experience

Craft fairs

I often here crafty people saying my craft fair was a disaster only sold one item or didn’t sell anything. Dont know why this happens, is it because it’s not organised or advertised properly it’s a mystery. Oh no my items are not good enough 😩

The crafter is looking for a good craft fair, at a good price for a stall to sell there makes. Need to pay out for liability insurance. relentlessly to make as much stock as possible stay up late to get ready for the big day! it can be such a disappointment if you don’t sell anything .

Going back when I first did craft fairs when I sold bag charms and jewellery. one of my first was in a church hall situated at the back of the church,so I just hoped it was advertised well . Very quiet but everyone was friendly which is one of the positives of doing craft fairs other crafters like you. I was in a good spot at the door so thought good place bit chilly but good . I didn’t have a great deal of stock even though I hadn’t had any sleep the night before making I got worried I wouldn’t have enough.  My Daughters helped me on the stall and reassured I had plenty . Bought some vintage beads crystals very pretty and made a few items out of them. Unforchanatly I had been put at the side of a stall with lots of jewellery,and in front of me someone selling crystal  necklaces and bracelets . I had said I made bagcharms so that wasn’t organisers falt but did notice a few selling jewellery so a bit of competition .  My stall looked empty to the others with its white cloth a few false presents with Christmas paper and a couple of small round mirrors . At the bottom of the hall was a sweet stall with every sweet you could think of and was busy also a jam ,chutney ,cake stall near another door that led to the cafe had people just popping in and buying seemed to be familer to them they had been doing craft fairs for years . At the other end was a long stall very full of mix of things but she did bag charms and bracelets to think I had seen her page on Facebook we all exchanged cards like you do ! Then like them later . Then there was a little table in the corner selling brooches and things other corner tombola wheel . Other stalls had paintings ,knitted ,crochet items ,cushions , one stall had less than me because she’d been ill and didn’t make anything but had still come along .I was very surprised to see someone with new stuff saying it was handmade very bad. But you can tell . Most of the customers headed for the sweets and jam a couple walked by tried to get there attention smiling saying hello I do have the gift of the gab so managed to sell something . Lot of older people  a lady liked a green bracelet and I said the beads are vintage and  she ended up buying a few so quite pleased I sold anything . We all kept saying it will get busy soon but just went quieter. Thought the organiser was going to get lintched so she disappeared. In case any body asked for money back . We was all getting fed up when we herd an almighty crash the shelf with the sweets on fell off the wall sweets every where I found my self scrambling under the table to catch them so funny . Broke the ice and I could here a few titters . Then the girl on the stall In the corner shouted everything going cheap on this stall so stall holders flocked and bought things off her as she said she was giving up she’d had enough who could blame her . Giving up the handmade business and got a job so wouldn’t have time.

This craft fair had just started making monkeys and had a mix of sock monkeys and bagcharms jewellery . Me and my daughter

This was my first craft fair with more sock monkeys sold them all and took orders for collection great craft fair few years ago now.

Not all craft fairs are the same I think the best ones are the school ones when they are raising money and you give a donation you just give what you can . Also done some really well organised ones but you can pay a lot more for these . Even if it’s quiet you learn a lot from the other crafters  the experiance is second to none . Also gets you out it can be a lonely world being a crafter . Only done a few craft fairs since I started making sock monkeys my first main one I sold out .Good idea is to take crafty things for sale with your makes as the other crafters will buy as well as things you make specially if it’s quiet   You at least make some money to cover costs .

my experiance as a customer I went to a craft fair in a local hall to buy a decoration to put in my bedroom I walked in after having to pay £2 at the door but I seemed to be the only customer . Lots of lovely handmade lots of choice . Even a stall with sock monkeys I felt like eyes was on me please buy from me . Felt I had to buy something even though I make things my self but just couldn’t find anything purple ! Spotted a blue heart with purple embroidered house on it she seemed very keen to sell it for £5  so after looking on other stalls went back and bought it didn’t want to leave with out buying something . This can put people off having to pay before they go in so they just don’t go in .I think this is different where ever you go but if a craft fairs quiet everyone should get in free.

This is the heart I bought from the craft fair special 💕

Perhaps things need to change people need to realise that handmade unique things take a long time to make and are special and a lot of love goes into them . It’s true you do pay a bit more than in the shops but they make thousands of them . I love crafting and often share other people’s work some fantastic crafters make some beautiful things . If you are a crafty person and want make a living out of it ! Not impossible it can be done just have to work hard .I know quite a few successful crafters who I admire . I think you have to work on the product you make and get it right   Before you try selling it ! Good photos is vital specially if selling on social media . Also good displaying on your stall attracts people to you being chatty and telling people how you make things with a smile 😊

If you would like to chat about this subject looking at it on all points crafter,customer,organiser, display just leave a comment below . I have had a lot of spam  regarding this post I ONly post honest answers with no attachments this is my honest view on this subject.

Thanks for reading Julie

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