Monday, October 17, 2011

3rd Fall Craft Show Review

On Saturday, I had my third fall craft show. This is a show that I've done for many years now. I had to miss last year, but it was sure great to be back! I was at a different location and was unsure if I was going to like that. There are 4 or 5 locations for this craft fair and this location was the furthest away from all the others. But it turned out to be a great show!
One thing that makes this a great show each year is the fact that it has been going on for over 50 years. It is a huge show and people plan all year for it. It can be snowing and icy or 90 degrees out and there is always a great crowd :) It is also a well-organized and well-advertised show as well.
I like that this is a more local show than the others I've done so far this year. That means I know more people that are shopping and more people stop to talk. That always draws more people into your booth :) And many people didn't realize I had added my laser engraved items and stopped to talk and saw all my new products!
I am always surprised by what sells and what doesn't at different shows. My engraved photos always get a lot of attention, so I made sure to put my sample in the middle of my table and higher than the other items. It got a lot of attention at this show as well! And hopefully lots of orders will follow :)
This was the first show that I brought my etched glass candle votives to. And I didn't sell a single one! I was really surprised by this because they are an item that got a lot of interest from friends and family and from my blog when I posted them a while back. But I'll be sure to take them to the next show and I hope to get them listed in my Etsy Shop soon.
As with my other shows this fall, I handed out a TON of cards! I only had about 3 cards left at the end of the show! And I think I started with almost 150!!! I got lots of custom orders at the show and I hope by handing out cards that I'll get even more :)
Another thing I found interesting is that I didn't use my Square credit card reader one time! I didn't even have people ask about using a card. I think this has to do with the fact that this show was in a smaller town than my other two shows this fall. People are used to using cash and didn't think about using cards.
I also got the biggest complement at this show :) I'm not used to having other people make similar items to what I make...usually I'm the only one with Name and Word Albums and Engraved Items. This time there was someone at another location making my Word Albums! But I got told on two different occasions that my albums were much nicer! They were much better quality and they could tell the work and detail that I put into mine :) This made me feel awesome!!!


  1. It looks great!
    I'm glad it went well for you!

  2. I am glad you had a good show. And there is no doubt about the quality of your albums--they are great!

  3. Edi, looks like it was a great show. Here's hoping you get lots of custom orders:) Your booth looks wonderful!

  4. such a great display~

  5. Your display looks very inviting and eye catching! So glad the new location worked out for you. ;)

  6. Glad you had a great show. It seems like you will be doing well this year at shows!

  7. Congrats on a GREAT show. Your booth looks amazing. Thanks for sharing the booth photos.

  8. I'm glad your show went so well! I know firsthand that your albums are so professional looking and very detailed so I'm glad people acknowledged that. I still think you should patent them!

  9. I'm so glad that it was such a good show for you! I only processed one card at my most recent show. I think a lot of people are just used to bringing cash for these things. I haven't seen your albums in person, but I definitely believe that they are superior to a lot of alternatives out there.

    I never know what will sell either, and it varies with every show!

  10. Very attractive space! I hope you get a lot of custom orders, too. About those votives...I have found that every venue is different. You just can't predict what will sell, and sometimes the things that sell one year at a venue don't sell the next! Funny about the Square card; I didn't get to use mine, either, but it's nice to know that you were prepared (as I was). :-)

  11. I gotta say, your word albums are amazing! They make great gifts and keepsakes.

    It always amazes me what sells. Funny because it seems like what you think will sell doesn't, then you end up selling what you didn't think would go so well. I'm surprised though that the candle holders didn't sell.

  12. Congrats on the success of the show! It is always interesting to see what sells and what doesn''s never what you think! That would make me angry if another seller was making something I thought to be my design. At least the shoppers noticed that your work was of higher quality!

  13. I'm glad you had such a great show!


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