Yes, I finally made the move and became a vendor at my local craft fair!
It is called the River Valley Artisan Market. I made this decision on a partial whim one evening in early May. And was scheduled for my first even on June 6th.
A month should have been plenty of time to plan, organize, and hand-make the goods I intended to sell . . . right? WRONG!
So of course:
1] DO NOT jump on the opportunity with less than a month to prepare.
You might be able to get away with this once you become a more seasoned vendor and know the ins and outs of the events.
Instead… If your products are all handmade like mine, give yourself more than enough time to stock up on inventory.
2] DO NOT Overwhelm your customers with your amount of merchandise.
Yes you want to sell as much as possible. And yes I’m sure you have all sorts of finished products that someone would love to own. But piling anything and everything onto a table can overwhelm and be off-putting to perspective customers.
Instead… THINK SIMPLE, choose 5-6 products that you know customer’s will love. A Clean organized table will help showcase your work, and make customer’s more comfortable spending time looking around.
3] DO NOT forget necessities!
There’s not much worse than spending 3 days on beautifully printed price signs for all your products, only to find out they’re on your coffee table, and not the box of supplies you packed.
Instead… Check, Check, and RECHECK! There are endless craft fair checklists online. Download one and mark off your supplies as you pack. And again before you set out on your adventure.
That is just a few things I’m learning as a Newbie Vendor, and I’m sure there will be many more lessons still to learn. What are your Vendor Tips? What was your biggest Newbie Moment?