Saturday, November 12, 2011

Craft Show Fail

I am halfway through my first craft show and it sucks. I haven't sold a thing. Several people have picked up my card so I am crossing my fingers they will find me online. All in all I would say this isn't worth the stress, money and work I put into it. Maybe my prices are too high or maybe people are distracted by the chocolate to my right and left. Whatever the reason I don't think I will be doing this anytime soon. Thanks for stopping by!

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  1. I'm so sorry :( All your online friends still think you're awesome! And I'm loving your purple accents.

  2. I feel the same way about craft fairs. They are fun to attend but not many people purchase much. The last one I did last year barely covered the cost of the booth and supplies. Online sales are best. Your booth looks super cute though! I would have bought something. :)

  3. i know it's a bummer, but craft shows are hit-n-miss. don't get too discouraged. one show will be a flop and the next will be a total success.

  4. That has happened to me too! Just chalk it up to experience...look around and see what the booths who are selling look like and learn from this experience! Hang in there!

  5. I did craft shows years ago and it was always so hard to know what would sell. Some weeks I sold all of one thing and then the next week I'd have many of those and none would sell.

    It also seems that most people at craft shows are looking for high quality items for a very low price. Your flowers are beautiful and you have a great track record with your Etsy shop. Good luck!

  6. Sorry! That happened to me too. My one and only craft fair was about 6 years ago and my aunt and I had tables right beside each other. Neither one of us sold one thing. It completely sucked!

  7. Someone once told me to think of the first few craft fairs as paid advertising for one's product. Apparently it's pretty normal not to sell stuff the first time or two - it's more about getting your face and your work out there and establishing a connection with people.

    Someone else told me it's also quite common to sell little or nothing at craft fairs but then have a little flood of online sales afterwards. Often I think people are just being prudent about their money at craft fairs and don't wanna purchase right away, but later they wish they had and they track you down. :)

    So that's my advice about craft fairs, passed on from some successful artist friends of mine. I haven't been through the process yet personally, and frankly it scares the poop out of me, but I'm trying to psych myself up. :D

    I'm sorry this show didn't work out for you but as Liz said two comments up, the next one you attend might be a success - so I encourage you to keep at it!

  8. If it was a pretty small craft show I would not throw in the towel just yet. I have done 4 shows with the follwing results:

    1 day show, $30 fee, $210 profit
    2 day show, $45 fee, $120 profit
    1 day show, $5 fee, $225 profit
    2 day show, $120 fee, $1,378 profit

    I am sorry people were not much into purchasing at this one, but there may be hope yet!

  9. Thanks all for your support, advice and tips. I don't think I'll be doing a craft show anytime soon. Fortunately, I can send most of what I made to a couple of shows that are selling my stuff. The rest will be up on etsy in time for the holidays. I was told people wanted hair crap and that is what I brought. So I feel like I was a little mislead. I am hoping to hear from some people who picked up cards so it wasn't a total loss. I'd love to work on some products that people may actually use and buy at a show before I'd go to another one. If I ever do. Maybe pillows, frames, towels and other housewares with my rosettes on it. For now I'm gearing up for the holidays. Adding as much as I can online and home for a profitable season.
    Wants again thanks all for the comments! It truly helped get me through and otherwise yucky day!

  10. Getting ready for my first art/ crafts show, I am really nervous! It's a free show for the artists and shoppers. So, I won't be loosing too much.
    Good Luck,


  11. Oh Julie, I am so sorry to hear that you had a bad experience with your first craft show. I wish I had the perfect thing to say, but all I can say is don't give up. Take a break if you need to, but don't give up! I agree with a lot that has already been said. It's difficult to know what will sell. Ultimately, follow your heart because if you are passionate about it, others will see that. I wish you the best of luck!


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