Hooray! All done! The Craft Fair was a lot of fun, but I’m glad it is over. Here is a look at what I did:
I put up 2 tables and a Christmas tree (I found this one pre-lit at Goodwill for $10!!).
I was lucky to have a wall behind me that I could hang things on, here is my vinyl sign that I bought at Vistaprint.com. I also got my business cards from them, you really can’t beat their prices.
I had a lot of fun making these monster stockings, no two were the same. Too bad they didn’t sell. I even knocked the price down to $10 pretty early in the day.
I clipped my poinsettia hairbows to my rosemary tree. It was cute, but I’m afraid people excused it for a decoration and didn’t notice them.
Here is my pretty tree, all lit up. In the background you can see the Russian Club table. I’m afraid they didn’t have too many sales, either.
I used the tree to hang my ornaments. They were much admired, but never bought. My favorite were the Harry Potter School shields.
and Slytherin. Correct, I didn’t get a Ravenclaw ornament made. Before the fair I was very disappointed in myself, but it didn’t matter!
Luckily there was a lot of interest in my book purses. I sold most of them, which really helped me to feel good about the whole experience.
I learned a lot:
1) Sign-up for more than one day, if you only pick one it will end up being the one that doesn’t get very much traffic.
2) Focus on gifts more than decorations
3) Bring someone to help you set-up
4) Make sure your product looks like product and isn’t confused as decoration
5) Bring food you don’t have to prepare- I took saltines and peanut butter, but discovered I never wanted to take the time to spread the peanut butter on the crackers because I had people to talk to and pay attention to.
6) Apply early or you’ll end up with your booth upstairs and the trombone choir and french horn players will block access to your booth for 3 hours.
One of my favorite parts of the day was my sweet husband telling me to make sure to look out for more craft fair opportunities. I was afraid he would look at the whole ordeal as a waste of time.
Another favorite part was this:
Sweet Evelyn taking a nap under the Christmas tree. She is just as cute as can be!