Craft Shows 101: The Morning of the Show

Craft Shows 101 The Morning of the ShowYou’re awake, you’re anxious and excited, and it’s time to get ready!

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Craft Shows 101: The Day Before the Show

Craft Shows 101 The Day Before the ShowThe day before the show is a great time to make sure everything is ready to go. The day of the show will be eventful enough without scrambling at the last minute to try and get everything together.

First thing – your change box or cash register. Make sure this gets checked before the bank closes. You will want to have plenty of change on-hand for the length of the show. If it is a high traffic show, it may be a good idea to also have a locked drop-box so you don’t have a large amount of money sitting in your cash register the whole time. I’m not usually too concerned about this at the shows I attend; however, you can make your own mind up about which option you feel most comfortable with.

Check that your table coverings are wrinkle-free. Table coverings that are not wrinkled will give a much neater, welcoming impression. If you are unable to clean your table coverings at home, you may want to check this a couple days in advance. This will allow enough time to take them to a dry cleaner, if needed. The type of table cloth and table skirt I use wash up very nicely in the washer and dryer, so I keep a small garment steamer on hand for in between washes when there is just a few wrinkles that need to come out.

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Craft Shows 101: Preparing for the Show

Craft Shows 101 Preparing for the ShowThings are getting real now! You’ve been accepted to the show, and it’s time to prepare!

First things first – making your products. When finishing up your items, it is always good to have some sort of label whenever possible.  If a customer loves your product, and want to buy more, you want them to remember your business name. Business cards work for this; however, many times, business cards get lost or thrown away.

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Craft Shows 101: Payments

Craft Shows 101 Payments You’re heading out to your first show, If you’re just not sure how much money to bring or what kind of card reader to use I hope to shed some light here on some of the options that are offered currently.

A lot of people in today’s world don’t carry much cash, so a card reader is great to have at your shows. You will still want to have cash on hand as well though. Make sure you have plenty of 1’s and 5’s to make change throughout the day. A good idea is to look at your price points and figure a lot of people will carry twenty dollar bills. What kind of change will you be giving back to them? And don’t forget your sales tax, if you have your sales tax license already.* You’ll want to be sure to have enough pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters as well.

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Craft Shows 101: The Application Process

Craft Shows 101 The Application Process

Once you have found the show you would like to attend, it is now time to apply.

I like to make a copy of every contract to keep on file and refer back to. This is especially helpful when tailoring your selection of products for the type of show you will be attending. (You don’t want to forget what products you said you would bring.)

Note: Some shows do require you to have a sales tax license. Make sure to look up the information for your state on how to acquire one.

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Craft Shows 101: Finding the Right Show for You

Craft Shows 101 Finding The Right Show for You

Non-Juried, Juried, Gift Shop, Art Show – how does each differ from the other? – Click to Tweet!
 
 
When you start to find shows in your area, or where you’re willing to travel to, you will notice there are different types of shows.  You will find non-juried, juried, gift shopping/holiday, and art shows. 
 
There could be more, but these are generally the kind you will come across.
 
Now, you’re probably wondering what the difference is, so let’s go over them.
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Craft Shows 101: Where to Find a Craft Show

Craft Shows 101 Where to find a craft show
 Want to start selling your handmade items but not sure how to find a craft show near you? (Click to Tweet!)

When looking for a craft show, you will want to find the right show for you. For example, if you’re selling high-end, higher-priced pieces, you may not do very good at your local high school bazaar. (But if you do, props to you!) You will also want to do some research after finding a show before signing up for it. Let’s start with finding a show though.
 
There are many options out there for organizers to advertise their upcoming shows. You could start by looking in your local newspaper or watch for signs advertising a show. If you attend a show, you could also ask for the event organizer to send you the information for future shows they have planned.
 
Local newspaper, signs around town, Facebook, Google, Craigslist, attending a show as a guest, talking to other vendors at a show you’re at – these are so many different ways to find a show.
 

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