I get a lot of questions about the difference between Juried vs. Non-Juried. My first recommendation is: If you are just starting out… go to non-juried shows, to gain your confidence and to learn about how to present your product and displays. Once you’ve done that, you are ready to move on to juried shows.
A non-juried show is one that you can apply to without having to present your work in advance. You basically pay the fee and get your spot at the show. It’s great for first timers and newbie craft show participants as the costs are typically reasonable and the hours aren’t too bad. You’ll typically pay $100 or less to exhibit at non-juried shows. The shows are usually smaller community shows, like Christmas bazaars at churches, community parks, schools etc.
I started by showing at a non-juried Christmas bazaar at a local elementary school. I had a blast! For my first show, it was perfect, I had a small table and could experiment with presentation ideas and it only cost me $35 for the table. The show was also an annual one so it had a good following in the community. I made $600 on that show (which is very good for a small local show). But don’t expect to make a ton at these, they are kind of a needle in a haystack approach, try them out if they work great if not try a different one.
If the show has a history and has been done successfully in the past, you should have a good experience. If it’s a first year show, it’s a gamble, and you basically will be the vendor trying it out to see if it works. Some great questions to ask the organizers:
Ultimately, non-juried shows are a great way to start your business, learn what works and what doesn’t and gains confidence at shows. Once you have this basis move onto Juried shows! You can always keep going to the non-juried shows that have been successful for you as they cost significantly less than juried.
What is a juried event? What is the difference? Price, regulations, etc????
By Diane on March 9, 2010
How should your jewelry be presented when you are presenting it for a Jury Show. How should the pictures look and what items should you put in the pictures. Medium priced items and higher priced items? Than you for your input.
By margie Peck on February 21, 2012