Wow, I'm still tired. I did well for my first craft show, but will I do it again? Yes, but not during the holiday season. Too much work and stress added to this crazy time of year.
Anyway, I thought I’d post a few pictures of my booth and add a few more tips or "lessons learned" for Part Two:
1. Be positive! Smile and engage people when they enter or come up to your booth. Most people love to chat a bit (and if they don’t you can tell right away, but at least you tried, you know?) My sister and I watched several other vendors who were scowling and complaining about the sparse crowd … no one even approached them in the first hour. Why? They were downright scary with their scowls and frowns.
2. As I said before, grab attention! I placed what I thought were my most interesting items up front and even if people didn’t buy, they came up to my booth. I also posted this sign, which garnered a few chuckles.
3. Bring a small waste/garbage can!! Carmen from Beyond the Fringe recommended this to me, and boy, was she right! We really needed it for paper scraps, wrappers, etc. Unfortunately, I didn’t bring one, (ahem, Stacie).
4. Bring someone or arrange for someone to help you or to give you a break. Having my sister Stacie there was invaluable! She helped me set up, sell and she took care of the money while I talked with customers. She was so super helpful, I honestly couldn’t have done it without her. Thanks sis!
One last word of wisdom, have fun! I really did enjoy being there, but I think I’ll stick with my esty shop next Christmas season (or at least do an earlier show).