I had my second fall craft show of this season this past Saturday and I have to tell you...It Rocked!!! It was by far the best show I've ever done! There were people there non-stop from the time the doors opened to the time we shut down! And they were buying!!! My booth-mate and I both did wonderful :)
Here are a few of the things that I think helped this show be a success:
*It is well advertised
*It has been going on for several years
*It is in a high-income neighborhood
And here are the things I think helped it be a success for me personally:
*We had an awesome location!
*I have such a wide variety of items to offer
*Most of what I sell is given as gifts...and it's gift-giving season
*I take custom orders
I had someone ask how I do custom orders at shows, and it's easy :)
*Take payment as well as shipping Up Front
*Take down their shipping information as well as phone number
*Let them know when they should expect their item
*Take down any info pertaining to the order...colors, sizes, etc. and keep everything all in one place. I use a small notebook.
It's really that easy. Just think of all the info you would collect from someone on Etsy and write it all down. I took 7 custom orders and everything went smoothly :)
Luckily I have three weeks until my next show so I have time to get all my custom orders done and get my inventory stocked back up!