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Creating Crafts that Get Attention in New Mexico

March 2009

New Mexico has long been known for its unique arts and crafts with local flair and flavor.  There is a lot of money to be made selling arts and crafts in New Mexico because that is what tourists expect to buy when they visit that beautiful state.  The real message of this is that you have a lot of local competition and you will have to work hard to create crafts that get attention in New Mexico.

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Creating Craft Displays that Sell in Oregon

March 2009

A great display is vital to your success at craft shows in Oregon.  Your display will create the image people will have of you and your crafts.  They will notice your display before they notice your crafts and, in fact, they will be attracted to come over and look at your crafts by the quality of your display.  However, the value of the display is based not so much on the beauty of it. You should be careful to create a display that projects the cost of your items so that you will attract the right customers.

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Crafts Made in West Virginia Have Local Appeal

March 2009

More and more people are realizing the benefits of supporting local business owners and buying local things to sustain their local economy.  All the steps that had been moving the US towards a “global economy” are starting to blow up in our faces and the economy is at its worst point in decades.  The fact that people are waking up and starting to do something about it is very good news for crafters in West Virginia as it makes selling their hand-made arts and crafts even easier than before.  An easily visible and prominent “Made in West Virginia” tag can mean all the difference when it comes to selling your crafts items in West Virginia these days.

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Crafting in Maine—For Love or Money?

March 2009

If you are a crafter in Maine who is crafting for the love of it, have you ever thought about trying to make money doing it?  If you are already trying to make money with crafting in Maine, are you making enough to make it worth the effort and the time spent on it?  There is an important attitudinal change that is essential if you want to turn your love of making crafts into a viable business.  The first thing you must have is a strong desire to make money doing what you love.  Once you have that, what is needed is to set a goal for how much money you want to make.

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Craft Show Trends for 2009 in New Hampshire

March 2009

The craft show trends for 2009 in New Hampshire are very promising for artists and crafters who are ready to break out of a rut and start making some real money with their creations.  People around the country and especially in New Hampshire are looking for inexpensive or free forms of entertainment during these tough economic times and craft shows rank high on the list in that area.  For that reason, many forecasters suggest that 2009 will bring in record profits for artists and crafters in New Hampshire, especially for those who are in tune with the latest trends.

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Craft Shows in Today’s Economy

March 2009

Today’s economic conditions have spurred a change in both artists and craft show revelers. A rekindled outlook on the “sustainable” and locally fresh grown products is coming to the forefront. Such a phenomenon may include the desire for more organically produced foods; they are blockbusters at this year’s fairs and festivals. Local art and constructed craft goods are also a hit. From hand made clothing to jewelry, craft show goers are now more inclined to purchase green and sustainable art.

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International Women’s Day Festival

March 2009

In 1997, the United Nations declared March 8 the day to celebrate women around the world. The Women’s Festivals were created to celebrate the accomplishments and nurture the dreams of women in an interactive, multi-cultural, and entertaining format focusing on the five key areas of women’s lives: Personal, Professional, Philanthropic, Political and Planet (also known as the “5 Ps”). The Festivals aim to provide a unique opportunity to provide a rich common experience and fertile environment for networking and resource sharing. Founding not-for-profit organizations include: The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara and Carpinteria, SCORE, Future Women CEOs, and Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV).

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Craft Shows and Taxes

March 2009
The end of the year is coming up fast. Time to get your records in order.

When you are a retail vendor, even if it is just part time as a crafter, you are required to collect and remit sales tax in most states.  To do this, most states and shows require proof of a sales tax ID number.  This sales tax ID number is not your federal tax ID.  Sometimes this sales tax ID is know as a sales license, resale or sales permit.  There are some cities and states that allow for temporary sales permits, but generally, that is not the case.  Check with the show organizers and your local tax office to confirm what you need in order to stay in compliance.  You can find some great links to local state sites through the attached widget on this page.

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Pricing Your Crafts for Maximum Profit

March 2009

Ready to sell your crafts but stuck on how to figure it out? There is an art to pricing your crafts.

Pricing your crafts begins before a craft is even made.Pricing your crafts is a business decision independent of your creative outlook and is dependent on your business plan. This includes considering your marketing expenses as well as your financial projections.

There is a fine balance between overpricing and under pricing. If you overprice your item, you won’t sell it. If you under price it, you can lose profits, or worse yet, customers will see your item as “cheap” and not think of it is a quality product. The most important part of constructing a sound business plan is research your market.

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Finding the Best Craft Shows in the New England Region

March 2009

Why New England Region Craft Shows Are Successful

New England region in the United States is an interesting and lucrative area for marketers of crafts and artworks. That is because most population centers in the region are located in semi-rural settings, where people do not have many other alternatives for amusement and fun activities. Thus, it is just logical that scheduled and organized craft shows in New England are news.

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Annual Hampton Beach Seafood Festival

March 2009

Thousands Attend the Annual Hampton Beach Seafood Festival
by Jennifer Jones

Being a newcomer to the Hampton Beach Seafood Festival the last thing I expected to find when I attended what has been voted One of the Top 100 Events in North America several times were crafters like myself. My grandmother introduced me to arts and crafts at the young age of four years old. Ever since then I’ve been drawn to art stores and craft fairs to both create my own crafts and to view others’ work.

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MD Four Seasons Fine Art and Craft Markets

March 2009

Westminster, MD - August 16 & 17th, 2008

CONTACT:

Michelle Sholund
MD Four Seasons Fine Art and Craft Market – Summer Market
410-833-1098
(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
http://www.mdfourseasonsshows.moonfruit.com

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Craft Shows, Fairs, and Festivals in Massachusetts

March 2009

In Massachusetts, vendor events are held all year round, giving sellers, craftsmen, and tourists alike plenty to do. Massachusetts fairs and festivals include the Topsfield Fair, billed as America’s Oldest Fair, in Boston Street, Topsfield, Massachusetts. This county fair has been continuously operating for 190 years, and features agricultural exhibits including a premier fall flower show, the New England Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off, fruit and vegetables, poultry, draft horses, and many more. A Farm/Fair Museum, Fiesta Shows Midway, and the Essex County Farm Yard are also some of the popular attractions in the Topsfield Fair. Other Massachusetts fairs and festivals include the Daffodil Days at Falmouth, the Hudson Valley Arabian Horse Show at West Springfield, and the Massachusetts Sheep and Wool Festival at Cummington.

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How Crafters Can Setup a Productive Home Office and Workstation

March 2009

As a crafter and you probably work out of your house already. . Most crafts allow you to watch television.Other crafts allow to to enter a world of trance and enlightenment while constructing your art. Most crafts require a moderate size work area area, especially if you’re crafting for income. Most A studio or den will be the best (more on that).

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How to Become a Food Vendor at Fairs, Crafts Shows and Art Festivals

March 2009

Cooking Food At Festivals:  A Great Business Opportunity

If you are looking for a fun seasonal job or want to be your own boss, then consider vending food at your local flea market, seasonal festival, craft show, or bazaar.  There are many opportunities to set up and become a food vendor in a variety of locales. 

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2009 Outlook and Preparing Yourself and Your Arts & Crafts Business for Uncertain Times Ahead

March 2009

Many pundits and self proclaimed economists predict a less than optimistic outlook for year 2009. What’s the best advice for the craft show industry at this time? How can those that own their own arts and crafts business adapt to the changing economic environment? There are no easy answers, but those who own their own business have much greater control over how the economy may impact their business. Here’s some good news:

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December 11, 2008 Newsletter

March 2009

The holidays is a time for family and friends. It also marks the time to start planning for next year’s events calendar. Get in to the best 2009 shows early while there’s still room! Remember the best summer fairs are filled many months in advance, so get the membership that will give you the details you need to choose the most profitable fairs and festivals to attend. Over 8,000 events happening in 2009 have already been uploaded to our events database!

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How to Be Successful Selling Artwork on Etsy

March 2009

Etsy.com is a popular online shopping and site for handcrafts and artworks. If Amazon.com and eBay.com have made their own niches in the online shopping and selling market, Etsy.com is starting out its own. Buyers and shoppers of handcrafts and artworks are raving about the development and operations of Etsy.

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Advertising Information

March 2009

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FairsandFestivals.net delivers the most targeted and loyal crafters there are online. In addition to such a targeted audience, as a valued advertiser on FairsandFestivals.net, you will also receive a backend login and pass to our ad server to track the exact performance of your ad spots.

We invite you to check out our event promotion options below and get your event SEEN today! Getting started is quick and easy. Simply select your option and pay via Paypal and follow the additional instructions for material to send to our media department.

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75th League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair

March 2009

Mount Sunapee Resort, NH
August 2-10, 2008

The Annual League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s (and craftwomen’s) Fair, one of the oldest craft fairs in the country, is celebrating its 75th birthday this year. The Fair will be held August 2-10 at the Mount Sunapee Resort, in the beautiful Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee region of New Hampshire. Within a fairground of white tents are beautifully appointed craft booths, where visitors can speak with individual craftspeople and purchase from them.

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September 2007 - Fairs and Festivals.Net Monthly Newsletter

March 2009

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May 2007 - Fairs and Festivals.Net Monthly Newsletter

March 2009

 What’s New for May 2007:

  • Event Calendar: We just surpassed the 900 event mark, that means we had over 300 events added in April alone. (you must be a member to access the calendar)
  • Discount: We’ve partnered with www.FestivalCanopy.com to offer you a 10% discount on all orders through the end of May 2007.  Use Coupon Code: fairsandfestivals0507
  • If we are missing an event in our event calendar area or you have constructive feedback on how we can make the site and members area better for you, please let us know!

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June 2007- Fairs and Festivals.Net Monthly Newsletter

March 2009

 What’s New for June 2007:

  • Event Calendar: We just surpassed the 1200 event mark, that means we had over 300 events added in May alone. (you must be a member to access the calendar) - we are getting an average of 300 new events per month!
  • New search featurs coming soon! We are adding a zip code search to the membership area by the end of June. You’ll be able to search by Zip Code Radius instead of just by state!
  • If we are missing an event in our event calendar area or you have constructive feedback on how we can make the site and members area better for you, please let us know!

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July 2007 - Fairs and Festivals.Net Monthly Newsletter

March 2009

 What’s New for July 2007:

  • Event Calendar: We just surpassed the 1,400 event mark, that means we had over 300 events added in July alone.
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  • We’ve added a customer service number so if you want to order the membership you can do so over the phone now.

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Membership Benefits

March 2009

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December 2007 - Fairs and Festivals.Net Monthly Newsletter

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August 2007 - Fairs and Festivals.Net Monthly Newsletter

March 2009

 What’s New for August 2007:

  • Event Calendar (members area): We are at 1,600 events and working on a database update where we are adding another 1,000 events hoping to get this done by the 2nd week of August!
  • Work for Fairs and Festivals! Make $1 for each complete event that find for us, more details are on our work at home page.
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