I Survived My First Craft Fair

My first craft fair is done and I lived to tell the tale!

Teresa and I met downtown at 6am. She had A LOT of stuff. I had a tote, a card rack and a witch decoration. She had boards to hang her jewelry on, chairs, a tent type thing, her jewelry, tables,  beads to make more jewelry, and table decorations. We unloaded our vehicles and then went to park them on the street. While she was moving her vehicle, I just stood around waiting. Like a kid waiting or her mom to pick her up. I was so overwhelmed, I had no clue of what to do. Teresa is VERY organized, so everything went up quickly. The show didn’t start until 9am, so we had a bit of time to visit and for me to calm down.

The morning started out slowly for me. I was starting to get nervous. People would look at my stuff and like it, but then walk away.  I was thinking it was going to be a long day. I started to question my sanity as to doing a stupid craft fair. When the weather warmed up, so did my sales. People would stop by and look at my cards and laugh and actually ask how much they cost. Whooo Whoo! Nobody seemed to think the price was too high. People seemed to think the cards were clever. Go me! Mr. Bernie took pictures without me knowing it. I have to get the pictures Teresa took of my booth.

By the time the craft fair ended, I had made my booth rental back and then some. I was nervous to count my money, for fear it had been a bust. I was pleased to see it was not. I was able to go home and tell Mr. Bernie that I actually made back all my expenses for the fair. That made him happy. It really surprised me. My cards were $3.00 each. I sold one for $1.00, it was a sample and the back was messed up. I didn’t have any fresh ones of that type, so I suggested a dollar. The customer was thrilled. One person bought 4 cards at one time. That made my day. All totaled I sold 27  cards.

There is another craft fair in November and I think I will sign up for it. I have a better idea of how many of each card I should have.  I can also bring more stuff to make cards. That way if I sell out of one type, I can whip up a new one.

A day after the sale I got an email for a woman wanting custom cards! It turns out her sister showed her my cards and this lady loved them. She wants to make personalized cards for her girlfriends. She seems like she is going to be easy to work with. She is quite funny, so that should make it even more interesting. I hope to get a few more emails as time goes on.

That chapter is done. I’m glad to have it under my belt. I’m not so nervous any more. Most of the booths were jewelry, so I was a novelty for folks. I think that is a huge plus. I can’t wait for my next one!

~Bernie

Comments

  1. Good job! Hope to have time with you and share mine about apartments for sale

  2. Congrats on your success!!!! I'm glad to know you enjoyed it enough to want to do it again. And a request for custom orders – THAT's success!

  3. Congratulations Bernie. I'm actually quite jealous, I've been meaning to (as in for years) register for a craft fair and I always make excuses not too, but mostly I'm just afraid. So nice you had a friend to show you the ropes and do some hand holding. And wow, 27 cards…that rocks. Go you! :D

  4. Woo hoo! Glad it was a success, Bernie. Craft fairs can be so hit or miss, I'm glad you got a 'hit'!

  5. Congratulations! Good job! I am so happy that it went well!

  6. multitaskingmumma says:

    Congratulations!
    This is awesome… you do have a unique craft, I knew people would love it

  7. That is so cool, Bernie! Way to go! And a personalized order, to boot!

  8. Yea!! Glad the weather warmed up for you too, that always helps folks spend money. :)

  9. Congrats! It's so cool to sell stuff that you love and that you make yourself! Some of my favorite people are the ones I do fairs with. Do you have an Etsy shop?

  10. Congratulations! I knew you would do well. But sometimes it takes the "buying public" and not just supportive words from friends to build confidence. Well, done, Bernie.

  11. Fabulous!!! Way to go Bernie!

  12. I have been waiting impatiently to find out how the big event went and I am so happy that it went well! I know that you have such a talent and folks love that kind of wacky humor when they send cards so I suspect that you will have more orders coming your way!!! Congrats. Now you are a seasoned craft show professional!!!

  13. I would definitely call that a success! So glad everything went well and you are getting your name and your cards out there. Too cool, Bernie!

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