Craft Show Results
Not sure how my first craft show of 2019 would go (I only sell at two different shows each year). I figured with the arctic weather coming in the day before the show, I might do well. Cold weather both reminds potential buyers that the December holidays are near and that knitwear might be a good gift.
Craft Show Expectations Met
Each show I’ve done, I have a minimum expectation for what I’d consider a successful show. And this one met those expectations.
The Flemington Fine Artisans Show has the following characteristics:
- The show is a one-day show from 10:00 to 4:00 – so only 7 hours of showing
- It’s a juried show which means the organizers are selective about the vendors who get into the show
- The cost is about a $100 (I don’t remember and couldn’t find my paperwork) for a 10 foot booth space
- It takes place in a busy shopping area with a lot of both destination traffic and impromptu attendees
I ended up bringing about 100 items to sell. I sold about 20 items at an average of about $45 per item.
Selling about 3 items per hour doesn’t sound like a very hectic time. But it’s never spread out evenly. And for every sale, there are a lot of customers who don’t purchase something, but require attention.
But the best thing was when Hayes and Steve showed up from Philadelphia! I honestly didn’t have much time to spend with them. But I felt incredibly supported by them.
After all is said and done there is really only one criteria for success. Answering the question, “Will I do this show next year?” And the answer is definitely yes.
I do very little knitting at Craft Shows. Personally, I think vendors should pay attention and not be distracted. I can’t tell you how many tables I pass by because the person is on their smartphone, or more interested in eating than selling.
However, I did start a second Garter Striped Stole on Saturday (similar to the white and variegated one I started last week). I even made a bit of progress.
The black and blue striped one is similar to one I had in inventory already and thought it would be popular.