Craft fairs are awesome ways to earn a little extra money. If you are willing to make some items and spend the day at the fair, you have very little to lose.
Depending on where you live, there might be restrictions on what you can make at home to sell at this type of event, especially in terms of food. Where I live, there is a great amount of freedom. You are permitted to bake cookies, make fudge, create candies and much more. However, there are virtually no limits on the other types of crafts individuals are allowed to make and sell.
There are a few craft fairs here during the year and I love them. I usually have at least one table to sell fudge, candies, and cookies. Over the years, I have learned a few things about organizing for them. This is important for any fair, but especially the larger Christmas one.
At least a month or so before the craft fair, I start to make a list of items I want to make. This enables me to get the materials for making them. Yes, I write a list of these items as well as anything I need to bring to the fair.
I make the items starting several days prior to the craft fair. I start with the items that have the longest shelf life. In my cast, the fudge is first but not including the Skor fudge. The Skor bits sometimes melt so it’s important to leave this kind until last.
At least a day before the fair, I collect all of the items I have to bring to the craft fair. I place them in plastic tubbies. I cross the items off the list once they are in the tubby. The last minute things are placed in the night before or the morning of the event.
Of course, everyone is different but here are some ideas on how you can prepare for a fair and keep relatively organized.
In a nut shell:
Decide what products you are going to make and sell. Do this with enough time left so that you can purchase the needed materials and actually make the products. For food items, start with making the items with the longer shelf life.
Purchase all of the needed materials. You may want to buy a little extra in case mistakes are made along the way. Doing this ahead of time saves you hassle later when you suddenly realize you don’t have something you need.
Create a list of the items you will need to bring to the fair and make sure you have them all together at least a day before the fair.
This list may include:
- Table cloths;
- Baskets, bowls, trays;
- Props to showcase your products;
- Business cards and other promotional materials;
- Products to sell;
- Product samples;
- Small change (small bills and coin);
And the list goes on. Of course, all of this depends on what you are making. You may have a home business already started and plan to offer the same goods. If this is the case, you are really recommended to take advantage of this opportunity to market your business.
For Selling Food Items
If you are selling food items, samples are awesome. I can’t count how many additional sales I obtained through people having a bite of fudge. However, you have to be careful with what you offer and how you offer it.
It’s not advised to give out anything that might have peanuts or nuts in it because of potential allergies. You may also want to have a list of ingredients available. People really appreciate this. Also, make sure your samples taste great… that is what will bring in the extra sales.
Hope this helps with your next craft fair and all the best with wooing your customers! 🙂