Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Craft Show Tips....




I did a tiny little craft show this weekend up in Dekalb, IL. There were seriously about 15 vendors and were in the parking lot of a Caribou Coffee shop. The turn out however was EXCELLENT! It goes to prove that LOCATION is everything! It was on a MAIN road where everyone driving saw the tents and signs, it was at a coffee shop where everyone getting coffee had to pass us to get in, it was in a parking lot of a strip mall where we were pulling in people from other shops too! Yay! So when you sign up for one make sure it's not in a nowhere location! (This I tell you from experience! I MYSELF got lost on my way to my very first craft show!! If the vendors with maps can't find it, who can???)
Bring business cards! Bring LOTS of them and preferably bring a holder for them! (I left mine at home and it was WINDY!!!!!! A great tip I have is to print a coupon of some sort on the BACK of your cards!! (use a coupon code) Then you know when people from the show are buying things! This past weekend I used a code with the workd Caribou*** on it and so far I have had THREE sales from there! How cool is that? It's great knowing where they are coming from.

Have a tent! Seriously, if the rain comes down your stuff is safe AND if it's a beating hot day, you are in the shade! It was a crazy day on Saturday! A bit chilly in the early morning during set up, but then it got rainy as the show opened and then in the afternoon it was hot hot hot! (OH and it was verrry Windy! So be sure to weigh your tent down!)You don't have to get a big, fancy EZ-Up tent right off the bat, you want to test the show waters first before you make such a large investment. The one I am using in this show is a simple, green one with no sides from Target. It was on sale for 18.88. I use water jugs to weight it down. Simple and re-usable! More tips to follow tomorrow!!!

7 comments:

Southern Belle said...

I just won the "Lovely Blog" award and I want to pass it on to you! Come check it out: http://southern05belle.blogspot.com

jeni@pnkgeeni said...

Congratulations of the sales. I probably start planning for a show next year.

Authoritaters said...

Super awesome! I love the coupon idea, but am confused a bit on the codes, though can you elaborate more on that on your next post? I shall tell Rachel about this post!

missknits said...

great tips!! and so glad it went well for you! yay!

Rachel said...

Great tips! Glad it went well for you :)

Was that your banner I could see in the photo of the tent? It was really bright and eye catching!

Michelle said...

Thanks everyone! No, that one was not my banner, I will have to see if I have a photo of mine. I looove mine! My husband got it for me on Etsy :) (He shops my faves!!)

I will definately be hitting up the topic of discounts and codes later on today!

Authoritaters said...

Hey Michelle! Thanks for popping by and I will look forward to your coupon post!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...