Do you do stamping? Do you buy those expensive wedge sponges at the craft store specifically for you stamping needs? Try checking at a discount drug store or one of those 'dollar stores' and look for cosmetic wedges instead. The cosmetic wedges are the same as the rubber stamp sponge wedges, but usually cost much less and you get a big bag full!
We started with all our work displayed, every spot full. Hubby got the idea to take some off, leaving gaps in the displays like they had been sold. Don't know why, but that helped. Then after sells started happening, restock the displays.
Another thing we did was make 10% off signs. Everyone loves a sale. Clearly marked prices are important, but make sure stickers cant be changed easily. Perhaps permanent marker on backs.
Make sure people know you make what you are selling! It shows pride in your work and adds such a personal flair missing in today's world! Create a sign or have business cards...
I had a basket of 1.00 earrings that were simply a single daisy, like on a daisy stitch necklace, glued onto a post. I made these in quantity so could offer them at that low price. I tossed them all into a basket so it was like a bargain bin. Great for younger girls, when the Mom said "no danglies!"
For some reason, the .99 on the end works well, that's something seen in every store! Don't make it $5.00 mark it $4.99.
Our booth was 3 sided and we had 3 people in the booth. I strongly suggest never to have less then 2 people in the booth if you have to turn you back to any part of the booth, even for change. 95% of the time people are honest, but at the larger fair, we got "hit" by a group of 3 teens once. My Hubby and I took all of the kids for a walk and it was the ONLY time we left the booth to one person. Each of the 3 took one side of the booth, one would ask a question and draw attention away. We got HIT on that one, they worked us over good. Hubby and I rounded the corner and they split each leaving in a different direction and our poor friend was near tears! Small items like jewelry are so easy for thieves to pocket. Luckily, we did keep our sets, and fancier work and higher priced items UP on a wire mounted inside an embroidery hoop with cloth. Nice display for them and hard for someone to "walk" away with.
I sure miss craft booths! They were such fun!!!
I loved going to them.
Many thanks to Martha for allowing us to use her suggestions. Please take a minute to email Martha c/o Etcetera and let her know you appreciated her ideas!
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Courtney Fraind lives in Morgan, New Jersey. She is 11 years old and was in 5th grade last year in school. The drawing she sent in was done at home and using colored pencils on textured white watercolor paper. The title of her work is "What the Wind Blew Up" and is about being free. What do you see in Courtney's drawing that makes you feel free?
Courtney finds herself doing art projects at home about four times a week and her favorite art to do is abstract work! Abstract means taking something from real life and changing it to look much different - in this drawing, Courtney simplified objects and puts them in odd positions to create a feeling of wind and being free! Courtney's favorite art materials to use are pencils, crayons and markers.
When she isn't being an artist, Courtney loves to do anything and everything
athletic and wants to be an artist or a teacher when she 'grows up'.
Courtney's favorite teachers are...well...ALL of them, but especially Mrs.
Zach and Mrs. Bandola. Of course, her art teacher also: Mr. Wallace.
Very special thanks to Courtney (our first Featured Young Artist)