Sunday, March 28, 2010

Craft Shows

How many of you do craft shows? Have you found some that you do really well at year after year? I don't do a lot of craft shows, but I have been doing 1 or 2 in the Spring and 1 or 2 in the Fall each year for the past few years. I'm still searching for some really great craft shows, but thought I had found a a couple that brought in good crowds and I made decent money at. Yesterday I participated in one that I did last year. It was the best one I participated in last Spring and was excited to do it again this year. Well, it was a bad day!! I only made enough to cover my booth fee and lunch! I spent the last two weeks adding new products to my inventory, neglecting my family and staying up until 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning. Talking to the other participants and the lady in charge of the show I found out I wasn't the only one disappointed with the results of the show. It was REALLY slow and people weren't buying much. Is it a sign of the times (because so many people are out of work) or is it because it was Spring Break for the kids in the area and a lot of people were on vacation in other areas? I'm curious if others have run into this problem this year? Where do you sell your crafts and how do you advertise your website or your Etsy site? I really need some help spreading the word on my business and would appreciate any feedback you can give!! Thanks!!

I would like to add that I did give out a bunch of business cards and several people said they would be contacting me to place orders in the future, so I'm hopeful the craft show wasn't a total waste of time! :-)

This week I will be working on adding products to my Etsy store and updating my website with new products.

1 comment:

Debbie said...

I've got my first one in May....I just making a little bit. And, it's only costing a small amount. I have hope for a good day, but we'll see. I'm not going to be doing very many, but a few year, may be useful to get my brand out there....