Learning the Bazaar world

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Years ago, when I first started with my crafts, I was just selling online and I was doing well. I decided to take it to the next level and try selling my items in person. I signed up for one of the biggest craft shows in my area, Crafty Wonderland. I got accepted into the show. I was so excited — I was going to do great! Little did I know that was not the case. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. My table was terrible compared to the others. I sold a few items but did not even make the money I paid to get into the show. I was embarrassed.

It took many years to get up the courage to decide to get back out there and sell my items at craft shows and bazaars. This time I am going to be prepared and it is going to be great. Here are some of the things I have learned.

  1. Start small. This is so important. If you start small you can work out the kinks. Smaller bazaars have smaller fees. So if the bazaar world is not the place for your items you don’t loose much money. Work your way up to the larger shows.
  2. Make your table pop. Have a pop of color that people will be drawn to. Don’t just lay your things on the table. Make some stands or racks for you things, so you have some depth. Place items at eye level and item that are easy to pick up. People love to pick things up and see how they are made.
  3. Make sure things are priced. People don’t like to ask what the price of your items are. Make sure they are clearly marked.
  4. Brand yourself. Make sure you have your cards out on the table in an easy to reach place. A nice touch is to have tags and bags that are also branded with your name and/or logo.
  5. Bring a helper. Someone to help you set and break things down. This person is also nice when you need a bathroom break or a bite to eat.
  6. Last but not least, be patient. It may take a few shows/bazaars to find out which ones your stuff sells best at.

I hope these things are helpful. If you have any more helpful tips to add please comment below.


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