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For the first time, I am considering a craft show. It is a local show with about 80 vendors. They have four or five shows per year. I figured this would be a good time to test the waters. And since it is a one day show, I won't have to be there for three days. That could get really boring.

I figure it is too late for the one next weekend because I wouldn't have any inventory to display. On the other hand, a lot of the stuff I would offer is custom so pictures (and a sample) of previous projects might be all I need.

The Spring show in April will give me time to prepare, and better weather so I can incorporate my outdoor spray booth for finish work. Booth prices range up to $75 for a 10x10 which includes an 8 foot table and chair. I can take care of the rest.

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Note: We have numerous local high schools and many junior high schools in the area. I think I might be able to sell a sign or two...and maybe a few teacher's desk signs...and sports signs...and trivets...and who knows what else!
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Why not? You do great work, you have the time, and it could be a fun day.
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I mentioned before that I know a retired college professor who make some very nice boxes. He gave a few away, sold a few, then starting hitting craft shows. I believe he may have paid a bit more for a booth. Oh yes, he got one of those card swipey thingies for his phone so he could take credit cards - his business jumped significantly when he did that. He did well, enough so to up grade to a 30-32- sailboat, and those things aren't low budget, especially when you count in winder storage, maintenance, mooring, et al. He did that for several years, while his rep spread. He started getting consignment shops asking him to sell stuff thru them, and people who bought, came back, and word spread. As far as I know - haven't communicated in some time - he does no more craft shows, and is doing quite well money-wise.

He got a bit tired of the craft shows after a few years, all the labor and all, but by that time he didn't need to sell at them. I say give it a shot. I think it would be well worth the cost (which is is very unlikely you will not make that back), for the experience alone. Among other things, you will find out what sells well, what doesn't, and if you have stuff priced well. My vote is, do it. And if it doesn't pan out, blame it on Gaffboat.
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Thanks Theo.
Yep, I have the Square setup for phone and iPad...and I can take PayPal via email invoicing.
Hopefully, the weather will cooperate because I will most likely be outside.

My thinking is if one person buys a school sign, and then they show it off or tell others, I may pick up an additional sale or two afterwards. Or if one teacher orders a sign and likes it, well...

I would be happy to sell a few things to make the CNC worth the purchase.
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I know that some people have their own craft show tents https://www.ecanopy.com/craft-show-tents.html. I know my friend sent a photo of one, but don' t recall if it was his or not. Not cheap so much either. Even a large umbrella would be better than nothing, rather than being in the sun or rain. Maybe a small trailer would be my choice they would allow it - that is what my friend really disliked, packing stuff in, then having to pack whatever hadn't sold out . I went to one indoor flea market, tobacco warehouse in the off-season, and one guy was selling out of the back of an old military ambulance.

I would suggest boy sprout and girl sprout plaques too.

There used to be a guy selling birdhouses out of his pickup in our town, several times a year. He'd park next to the main street, in a parking lot, on Saturdays. Had a chair, he was in the shade, and apparently sold out each time. Don't go up main street very often anymore, so don' t know if he still does it or not. Nicely decorated birdhouses too, for $25 each.
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I think you'd do well, Mike. And a one-day event is far better than multiple days. I thought about checking to see if there are any near me for a similar setup. Like you, though, a lot of what I do is custom so I'd have to do a little inventory and samples but not so much ready to sell items. Do the local schools, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, etc. required permission to use their logos?

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I think you'd do well, Mike. And a one-day event is far better than multiple days. I thought about checking to see if there are any near me for a similar setup. Like you, though, a lot of what I do is custom so I'd have to do a little inventory and samples but not so much ready to sell items. Do the local schools, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, etc. required permission to use their logos?

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I have seen that discussion before. And I agree with what was being said. The schools basically steal the logos from pro sports and nothing is ever said. I have seen it many times. Even the pee wee football teams use the names and colors/logos - Cowboys, Patriots, etc.

High schools do the same as far as mascots - Patriots (with a patriot image), Cougars, Bears, etc. So Goose Creek Memorial Patriots. Sterling Rangers (Cowboys star and colors).

I am not sure about the Boy and Girl Scouts.

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Make your way to a couple of craft shows prior to your first one. See what the other crafters are selling and check pricing. In looking into it, I found that pricing can vary greatly by geography alone. Get to know your crowd. Some craft shows bring out the browsers and lookie-lou's. Some bring out the folks looking to spend big bucks.

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I know that some people have their own craft show tents https://www.ecanopy.com/craft-show-tents.html. I know my friend sent a photo of one, but don' t recall if it was his or not. Not cheap so much either. Even a large umbrella would be better than nothing, rather than being in the sun or rain. Maybe a small trailer would be my choice they would allow it...
Good thoughts. Not my first rodeo. I wish I still had my trailer, but I sold it to my photography buddy about 6 years ago. I asked him recently if he wanted to sell it and he said NO!

Got to see some excellent sports and sell a few pics during my photography days. During this tournament when the picture was taken, 8 photographers were covering the games (6 fields- photogs split time). I didn't shoot a single photo. I spent all my time uploading pictures to our local server so the players/parents could see them on the monitors. Those were the good old days - hot but still good days.

I still have some of those folding tables. My buddy bought the laptops. I bought the monitors. All gone now.

Note: You could equip a pretty nice woodworking shop with just the cost of some of those "tools" pictured.
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See what the other crafters are selling and check pricing. In looking into it, I found that pricing can vary greatly by geography alone.
Location, location, location. I found out long ago, you can go 10 miles, price your stuff at X $, and sell everything. But go 10 miles in the opposite direction, price your stuff the same, and don't make near as many sales. Doesn't happen like that real often, but can. If you sell out in an hour, your prices are too low. If you make one or two, or no, sales, then your prices are too high. Can be vary hard striking a balance. I think I have the pricing on my canes pretty well worked oout now (time will tell). But the canes are all quite similar, cost to make should be the same, and time to make should be the same, except some of the figure drawing will take longer than others - which is not a biggie with me, because that is actually a bit relaxing for me. The price will be boosted some for the more complex designs, and if anyone wants them colored, then the prices will be boosted a fair amount more - because I hate painting them for anyone but myself. That's what markers were invented for, so customers can decorate their own canes. Hehehe
The pig and truck banks now, still trying to figure out pricing on those. The difficulty there is I have different size designs for each, short to long, and different widths. Time increases a tad with wider banks too. Be nice to have a formula that would work with anything I make, but I don't see that happening.

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