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Craft Fair Series 2017 | My Second Fair of the Season

Posted in Events
on October 4, 2017

So last Saturday I had my second fair of the season.  Being my second I knew a little better what to expect.  After getting there and setting up it was almost two hours before the first customer showed up.  I didn’t realize this was the church’s first time to host a craft fair so not many people knew about it.  Throughout the day people trickled in.  I feel I would have sold a lot more if there had been more people.  Most people bought something and said I had very creative beautiful things.  My most popular item were the greeting cards.  I brought my price down from the last fair I did from $5 a card or 5 for $20 to $4 a card or 5 for $15.  Most people bought 5 cards.

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Although it was a slow day I did well.  I paid for my rental space and made a nice little profit. I am hoping my next fair has more people.  I am planning on making a lot of Christmas themed gift items and a lot more card.

LCS Craft Fair

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Craft Fair Series 2017 | Cake in a Mug

Posted in Events
on September 20, 2017

It’s craft fair season here in Texas. And what better place to get those cute small gifts for teachers, coworkers and gift exchange Christmas parties than at a craft fair. If you have missed any previous posts on my Craft Fair ideas you can see them all by clicking HERE

This year I have signed up for four fairs and hoping to make a small profit to help with my own Christmas Budget. Here is the latest craft idea I have created for my booth.

Cake in a Mug

It is a simple craft but a great seller at fairs.

I found the mugs at the Goodwill and Dollar store. The cake mix packet is by Duncan Hines and coffee mix is from Folgers. I added some shredded paper and a few coffee candies then wrapped it all up in cellophane with a big bow.

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If you live in the North Texas area please come by and say hello. I’d love to meet you.

Crossroads Craft Fair

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My First Vendor Fair Experience

Posted in Events
on July 31, 2017
My First Vendor Fair

Good morning crafters! I want to share with you my first vendor fair experience. I’ll recap all my prep work, what my day was like and then my reflections. Now I have been to a bazillion craft fairs in the past and thought this would be fun. I started researching how to have a successful fair day and soon discovered a vendor fair is not a traditional craft fair. A vendor fair is really for direct sales companies like Tupperware or Avon. However, as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator I’m a little of both. I am a direct sales demonstrator and what I sell is used to make crafts.

The prep work

For my first vendor fair I needed inventory. (duh!) But what inventory was the most popular? A search on google wasn’t very helpful but to say food is always a good choice.  So next I got on Facebook and found Craft Fairs Stampin’ Style group page.  They were amazingly helpful. It is a very active group and share pictures of what they’re working on and their craft fair experiences.

The first thing I made were these adorable mini coffee cups. You can read my earlier post about them HERE.

Next I decided on Friendship Tea. Sometimes it’s called Russian Tea because it’s made with Tang. Tang is the drink astronauts took in space sharing it with the Russian Cosmonaunts . At least that’s what I read somewhere.  I just called it Friendship Tea.

Friendship Tea:

  • 1 cup Tang
  • 1 cup lemonade mix
  • 1/2 cup instant tea
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground clove

makes 4 cups

Friendship Tea

I made a Christmas organizer

christmas planners

altered composition notebooks

Altered Composition Notebooks

post it note holders with pen. I have a previous post about these HERE

binderclip photo holders

Binderclip Photo Holder

jumbo paperclip bookmarks

Paperclip Bookmarks

and of course greeting cards

Greeting Cards

After I thought  I had enough inventory for my first vendor fair it was on to the display booth.  The research all said it needed height and open for people to feel welcome.  I decided on two tables in an L shape and a chicken wire folding screen to hang my greeting cards. I wanted it bright and cheery and so decided on the color yellow for my theme.

The folding screen was a much bigger project than I had planned and wrote about it HERE.

I had my banner made at an office supply store along with matching business cards.

I then packed it all up the night before.

The big day

I was so nervous it took me forever to fall asleep and then I was wide awake at 4:30 am. I decided to go ahead and get up and have a good breakfast, check email and surf the internet until my friend arrived. She came with coffee (bless her heart) and we were off.

We got to the fair a little early but the coordinator let us in and showed us my spot. I was concerned with the size of the space she had given and so she moved me to the corner and that was perfect. It took us about an hour to set up and so with the extra time we walked around and met some of the other vendors. I made friends with Courtney who sells USborne books and  Melissa who sells Perfectly Posh.

The fair was hosted by SNAP, special needs assistance partners and this was their first event too.  I will say the turn out was a little sparse but for a first timer myself it was just enough for me.

My mini coffee cups were my best seller and I’m excited about making Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas one’s for my next three events.

After all was said and done I ended up with a profit of 115$.  I know that’s not much but it’s more than zero and my next events are actual craft fairs. So I’m happy. Oh also I got 15 people signed up on my email list and I love that.

And mostly I want to thank Dawn Ziesmer for giving up her Saturday morning to help me set up. You are an awesome friend! I couldn’t have done it without you.

 

My Reflections

I am so glad I took the leap and entered my first vendor fair event.  It took a lot of time preparing for this first one but now that I have it under my belt the future ones should be much easier. Next year I think I will have a make and take at actual vendor fairs and not so much product for sale.  My main goal was to get people interested in coming to my card making class and I did not get anyone signed up for that. I had a great day and look forward to my next event which is September 30 in two months.  It is a craft fair at a church so I want a lot of product for that one, especially Christmas themed products.

If you are in the area I would love to meet you. Details where I’ll be are listed below.

Crossroads Craft Fair

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have stupendous stampin’ rest of the day!

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Stampin’ with My Friends

Posted in Events
on July 5, 2017
Stampin with Friends

Last week I participated in an all day card making party.  It was so fun.  Sharon Armstrong and Jackie Ross really know how to throw a great party.

The theme was Western Days inspired by our Country Livin’ Stamp Set.  They even had a photo booth with props for us to get a few selfies.

Western Themed Photo Booth

 

Western Themed Photo Booth 2

When I first arrived and found a seat I got out my cards that I had made to swap with the other ladies that had also brought cards to swap.  It was really neat to see all the beautiful cards these creative ladies made. I left with 20 new and different cards to add to my collection plus the six we made during the party!

The party was held in a local restaurant that only serves dinner so was empty while we were there. The event was so organized.  Each table was a different card making station. We were all given our instructions and card pieces in a baggie when we arrived.  After 45 minutes the leaders had us all move to the table next to us and we rotated in a clockwise direction all day.  Also the leaders picked random cards from Swap Display board for prize drawings. I was the first to be picked and won the new Petal Garden Card Pack!

Events like this is why I got involved in Stampin’ Up! and sign up to be a demonstrator.  I love having the opportunity and excuse to get together with friends and have fun creating beautiful things.

Until next time, remember to do more of what makes you happy.

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