My first craft fair as a vendor was a bit of a nightmare. I have sworn them off, but I have listed below my tips and tricks for craft fairs!
Here are my tips:
1. How much is the craft fair? If the craft fair costs alot of money, I really wouldn't suggest it. (If it's your first one, PLEASE don't waste your money!). Think about how many items you would have to sell in order to make back your money. My craft fair cost $65. So if I sold 7 of my prints, I made my money back.
2. Do bring business cards: Another reason to go to a craft fair would be to get your name out. I had 100 business cards and gave out about 50. I also suggested that people could take more than one if they knew someone who would be interested in my products.
These are about $4-5 and be purchased at Staples or Walmart.
2a. Make a sign that points to your business cards. I know it seems cheesy, but a cute chalkboard with an arrow tells customers to take cards. Customers are sometime hesitant so I told each customer to take a card and look me up online.
3. Have a website listed AND IT HAS TO WORK. - Whether it is a website, email or phone number- give people a way to follow back up with you. Here's the catch- IT HAS TO WORK. If you create a website or an email but don't have anything on them, or its an e-mail you don't use, don't bother!
4. Understand it is a lot of physical labor- Not trying to wimp out here, but I am a tiny female girl and lifting heavy things just isn't my strength. You have to load your tables in your car and then unload them. I recommend getting a hand truck.
Many people had this one:
The one I was at did have a lot of volunteers. Don't count on that though! And please, do not abuse the volunteers! The man next me pointed at a box and said "It is too heavy for me to lift, can you lift it." Wow. If you can't lift it, don't pack it.
5. It is a great way to make cash: The lady next to me was selling Sensey Products (Candles) and she LITERALLY SOLD OUT. Her problem, however, was that she didn't have any way to follow up with customers. She asked one customer if they were attending any of the other shows she would be at.... If she had had a website, I can PROMISE, she would have had a TON more in sales!
6. Make sure your booth has a cohesive feel: Now I'll admit, I let 3 other people share my booth with me. It was a disaster! People had no idea where to look or what was going on. Booths need to have a simple theme. If you don't have alot of items, display them proudly, and give out business cards!
7. Tall displays and short tables: Every craft fair or venue is set up differently. The most successful vendors had 3 short (about 4 or 5 ft) tables that could be arranged in many different configurations as you accommodate any type of booth style. Tall displays instantly make a booth feel more professional.
I've seen them at Michael's or Home Depot
9. If you do not have enough product- make sure what you do have is displayed in a very special way. One lady there sold art work prints. Her entire inventory was 20 pieces, but she laid them out in a way that made each piece look very special.