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Best Useful Craft Show Checklist

As promised in an earlier post [read it here], I am sharing the craft show checklist that I used for my first show. Having this list really helped me to stay organized and for things to go as smoothly as possible. I needed something that I could check off as I went.

You can download my craft show checklist from this LINK HERE: Best Useful Craft Show List

If this list works for you as-is that’s great. At the very least, it’s a start and then you can modify the checklist to whatever fits whatever you particularly sell.

I researched ideas that were out there from others. I also came across one from our local SFETSY group leaders. Then, I added a few of my own ideas. This is not the be-all end-all list but you can trust it’s a solid start. 🍄

Check it right here: Best Useful Craft Show List

Hope it helps!

Best Useful Craft Show List

 

A Simple Felt Fairy Home Just for Fun

Here I share my humble felt fairy home.

I hadn’t done any felting lately and I wanted to do something. So, I attempted to create a tiny little home for the fairies hanging around my home.

If I’m being honest with myself, I’ve turned out better felting projects. Yeah it’s not a masterpiece, but I still think it’s adorable and it’s lovely.

If you practice one thing or maybe even two, you can become very close to perfect at it.

I’ve been lucky enough to know a few masters of their crafts. I’m married to one. But as for me, I’ve never been so engrossed by a single thing that I can put so many hours into doing it to the point of mastering it.

Maybe Aikido could be the closest thing? Or maybe it’s my practice of Reiki? Maybe … but the point is, it’s never been one thing. My heart is in many things.

If I were to mostly spend my time and energy on felting, I’d expect my felt art to look different than what it does now. I’d probably expect it to look better.

But then again, I’m not after perfection.

I am mostly after expression.  🎆

I enjoy doing things that are close to my heart. That’s definitely more than one thing. So I do them all.

It’s impossible to get to all of them all of the time. But it’s okay. I just love to spend my time and energy on the things I enjoy. The results may not be the prettiest or most perfect. That’s alright. I feel there is beauty in imperfection. Beauty in humility. Beauty in what most people don’t consider to be beautiful.

It’s important to simply create something from inspiration within. That’s why I love to wool felt. I feel inspired by cute and little things. Wool felt is a great medium for that and felting is fun.

We don’t need to get boggled down in turning out something perfect. For many of us that can stop us from continuing the work or from even starting it.

Sometimes it takes courage to work on something and be okay with how it turns out. Sharing it can take even more courage.

I think about how when we were little kids in art class our work, good or bad, got hung somewhere no matter what. Some were better than others. It was all art though.

Until next time … it’s the little things in life.

 

My First Arts and Craft Show Experience

 

Vendor Booth

I did my first show show last weekend in the East Bay at the Alvarado Fall Fest. The show was great, especially for a first time seller like myself. It was a small show so foot traffic compared to other shows wasn’t a lot. Since I took this as a learning experience, it was perfect for me.

Not being a huge fan of crowds, this would’ve been a great event for me to attend as a visitor.

For my own purposes, I was able to calculate how many visitors I had. Approximately 6 – 8 booth visitors per hour for 5.5 hours of booth time. I made a few sales and collected a few email addresses.

Alvarado Fall Fest Collage

 

I mentioned in the last post Preparing for My First Vendor Show, that I would do a follow up of how it went.

Below are 9 points to summarize how it went

 

1. Scout Out The Venue

It turned out that taking the time to scout out the venue was a very good thing. On the day of the event it saved time because we were familiar with the streets and the parking. It gave me some peace of mind because I knew what to expect. I’m not a real early bird, so the less thinking I have to do the better. I know that this won’t always be possible. In those cases, I will study a map of the surrounding area and print it out to go over ahead of time.

2. Do a Mock Set Up of Vendor Booth

This was really helpful in saving time. There was so much unpacking to do on the day of that there was a point where I wondered if I would be able to have it all up on time. The pictures I took on my phone of the mock booth set up really helped. I was able to work in a more focused way because of it.

3. Double Check on Booth Order Extras

For this show, vendors had the option of adding on to their booth space order. You could order chairs or tables. At other ones you can also order tents. I was able to borrow a tent and I already had chairs. I was lucky that the show offered tables as an add-on because I’m not sure what I would’ve done.

The add on option for a 6 foot table was a small charge. I ordered it early on.

Just by chance one of the show organizer’s emails just a day or two before the event sounded like only sponsors had tables. I wouldn’t have thought to double check on my order before this, but something nudged me to just be sure.

Good thing I did because I found out that the table size had been changed from 6 to 8 feet. On the day of there was some chaos around who got tables and missing tables.

Because I verified the day before with the organizer, I had no trouble in getting my table as per my order. If I hadn’t, I think it would’ve stressed me out to think I might not have a table.

4. Don’t Forget a Tent

Luckily I was able to borrow a tent. We tested it out prior to make sure we could easily and quickly set it up on the day of. Since it was early in the morning we weren’t all awake. We forgot to pack the tent. 🙁

Luckily, we got their early enough and lived close enough that my husband could go back to get it. It was so warm that without the tent we would’ve not made it past a couple of hours. Don’t forget a tent.

5. Have a Complimentary Gift Promo 

I think this could be whatever you want it to be. It’s like a give away gift or a chance to win something for free. It’s basically something that you can use to promote yourself and make yourself memorable. If it can serve other purposes I’d love to know.

I had a handmade cookie for my visitors. The cookies served the purpose of: 1. being memorable 2. thanks for shopping 3. and intend to cross sell. The cookies were made by a friend who wants to get into baking. So, we labeled the cookies with contact information should anyone want to order some.

Everyone loved receiving a surprise free gift. They were surprised and delighted. I loved seeing them smile!

6. Be Friendly With Other Vendors

One of my favorite things about this event was being next to all of the other vendors. They were positive, energetic and helpful. It was great to be “one of them”. I made some contacts, too. It felt like a great way to meet people who do similar things. You just never know how relationships can develop!

7. Sales Aren’t Everything

When you’re new to the game, sales aren’t everything. While I would’ve loved to make more sales, I set out to gain more that just sales. I set out to learn something and grow on it. If I would’ve just been focused on how many sales I would make, I think I would have missed out on a whole lot of other valuable feedback. Sales are great, but one thing I learned is that pricing online is different than pricing at a show, and each show is an entirely different market place. How to price accordingly is a new question to consider going forward. Hopefully I can figure that out. If anyone has any experience with that, let me know.

8. Tape Rules and Ice Cooler is King

There were some unexpected things that came up with putting up the banner. Having duct tape on hand was very useful when it came to putting up the banner. Duct tape = no worries.

The Ice Cooler was great because it kept my breakfast, lunch and snacks cool. I was so hungry after setting up and talking to people that it was a relief not to have to go anywhere to pick something up to eat. Ice cooler is a must.

9. Be Open to Learning

In other words, want to learn something. I think if you make new things about learning they are more enjoyable. Sure, there can be less than desirable moments, but overall you remember mostly what you took away.