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Advice for New Crafters &  Artists

February 2016

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Selling at arts and crafts shows can be pretty overwhelming to new artists that are looking to showcase and sell their products. Arts and crafts shows can range from tiny to huge, and from diverse to very targeted. Here’s what you need to consider before committing to a show as a new artist.

The first thing to take into consideration is what product – or craft – you are looking to sell and whether the event you’re thinking about getting a booth at can be a good fit for your product, or vice versa. For example, if you sell handmade wooded wall art, your products may do very well at an arts and crafts show but not at a festival targeted to kids.

Since getting a booth entails an investment, you want to make sure you apply for the right events to match your brand and your products. Otherwise, you could be throwing money down the drain. Go online, and do a bit of research on the arts and crafts shows you’re considering. What are people saying? Are they loving them? Are they finding items and buying? Or are they left wanting more?

Also, always be sure to let event coordinators know you’re new to arts and crafts shows and that you could use any feedback they may have for you. These people are often very friendly and super helpful. Helping you helps them with the success of the event overall, so they have a vested interest in you doing well. Ask for advice, and do not hesitate to ask questions if you need to.

It’s always a good idea to start planning your booth ahead of time. Set up a model booth at home or at your business place, and try a few layout variations. Stay consistent with your brand, and make sure your booth does not overshadow your products. Apply for your booth, and secure it with your payment before other people get the best spots. These tips will help you get started on the right foot.

Finally, one of the most overlooked perks about arts and crafts shows is that they will help you build a brand and a fan base. When a person falls in love with your art, he or she will surely tell others about it. 

This is why word of mouth is still the best advertising method, despite advances in technology. When you find the right arts and crafts show for you, be sure to always encourage the people who approach your booth to give you their contact email and to like you on Facebook and your other social media pages. Building a list of followers is a much more valuable asset than a big sale. Take advantage of this great opportunity!

Comments

thank you!

By Lisa Emley on February 11, 2016

HI!  I have always wanted to sell my items at an arts & crafts show/fair, but for some reason something holds me back.  Maybe being new to all of this.  I crochet a lot of character beanies such as the ninja turtles, minnie mouse, minnions, pooh, tigger. . . I could go on.  What would be your suggestions?  I would love to try one in Ruidoso.  Something like what you all are announcing for Labor Day weekend.

Thank you for your help.

Debi

By DEBI on February 14, 2016

Thank you so much for the helpful article!

Noël

By Noel Georgiades on February 21, 2016

Thanks Lisa, this will help me a lot on my first show.                    Will

By Will James on March 29, 2016

My sister and I are looking to get into some show we did some last year and really enjoyed ourselves we would to get into the marion one if there is and space left for vendor could you please let me know either by email or phone my # is 3192020261 Than you.

By Deb Allen on May 13, 2016

I entered a Craft show last weekend and it was a bust. I as well as the
other vendors didn’t make any sales. I felt it had to do with poor planning on the Events leaders with graduation weekend and Father’s Day on Sunday. Do you have to become a member to attend these events? If so is there a fee for a spot? I have found many events listed but they all say members only. Why is that?

By Cathie-Ann Barnes on June 22, 2016

would like to receive information for you arts and crafts
including rules and contract
  thanking you in advance

By vernon bakke on June 22, 2016

How does someone become a vendor at up coming events? I am very interested.  Can someone reach out to me via email mail or by phone at 401-649-3796. Thank you very much.

By Lina Abdul-Hasib on July 6, 2016

I would like to become a vendor for a craft show. How much is a table? What are the requisites to become a vendor?
Please email me at your convenience. Thank you

By monica bencomo on July 18, 2016

Thank you ! I am ceramic artist recently graduated from college. I have a business in Artegon Marketplace in Florida and am ready to be a vendor at the festivals too. Very valuable information.

Rochelle Garcia
Cute & Clay

By Rochelle Garcia on July 26, 2016

Would like find dates for craft shows in November in Hondo Uvalde and Devine Tx
If any can help I do appreciate it

Diane

By Diane on August 3, 2016

I am a potential vendor for selling Tupperware at some events. I am looking to not sell it so much as to make contacts for parties. Any advice for someone who is not doing cash and carry? Thanks in advance!

Tupperlady813!

By tupperlady813 on August 25, 2016

I am looking to set up a booth at a craft show, to sell my paintings.  I am new to this so I am not sure how to go about it.  I am looking in the CT area.  Tolland, County area.

By Janet Robarge on September 16, 2016

I will like to know,  I sell jewelry that I design and make,  is your fair a good fit for my goods

thank you

Pia

By Pia Cevallos on September 23, 2016

I have done shows for over 20 years and later opened up a gift store. I loved that time of my life. Now with Etsy and other social media outlets it is hard to find a good show. I never considered any of my shows a bust. I always felt I found something great about each one even if I or others didn’t sell anything. I met my wood guy at one show and a lifetime friend at another. I networked and found the show that I ended up doing for twenty years called Sugar Plum in Orange County California. Though I am an event coordinator for a hotel now… I learned a lot doing shows. One thing is… I never did a first time show. I’d go to it as a shopper but waited to see how well the promoter advertised & the quality of the other vendors etc..  That was the biggest thing I learned. The second was location, location, location. Having said that, I am helping a client have her first Boutique in a few weeks. She is such a little go getter that I am looking forward to seeing how it does. I sure do hope that it is the sign of the times and people are going to see Holiday Boutiques pop up again! If anyone needs any advice, I am willing to offer what I can!

By Diane Reed on October 27, 2016

I’m am new to crafting showings but I would love it if some would take me under their wings as a baby bird and guide me. I have beautifully decorated crosses that are adornished with antique, silver, some gold, play Jewerly and things you see in everyday day from A to Z.  They are one of a kind no two are alike.  I have just closed by resale shop after 14 yrs but I have always been into crafts.  Iam looking for a place to sell my crosses but it seems i am to late to sign up for next years platform.  Please advise.

By Diane on November 2, 2016

Good advice.  Thanks for posting.

By Jim Solomon on November 18, 2016

How can I discover if the Hawkeye downs fair is full. Haven’t joined yet nancy

By Nancy jenkins on December 2, 2016

I make jewerly and I want to start selling at craft shows? I have trouble finding them and getting signed up. Can you advise me on this

By Lori on December 6, 2016

Hi I’m henna (tattoo) artist hi can you advise me how I start my bishness?

By Ranjan on January 4, 2017

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