Tips for Art/Craft Shows

I hope everyone has had a great weekend so far. I’m sure many of my friends watched the Buckeyes finally win yesterday. I have been busy trying to get everything ready for my two shows I have coming up next weekend. I’m doing one Saturday in Westerville, OH (Westerville Central Arts & Crafts Bazaar) and another on Sunday in Powell, OH (Powell Gift Bazaar). If any of you are local and have time, please stop by.

Doing shows can be pretty stressful and time consuming. There is so much to do. It’s the best way though to get your items out there for people to see first hand and up close. (Plus, customers don’t have to pay shipping which is an added plus for them!)

For those of you who are thinkng about entering craft shows, here are a few tips that I learned to help you out.

  1. Don’t forget to acquire a Vendor’s License first. Also, this has an added bonus. Many craft stores will allow you “tax-exempt” purchases. You simply fill out a form they give you, make a copy of your vendor’s license, and then you’re good to go. All of your purchases can be made tax-free! Talk about saving some money.
  2. Organize, organize, organize.
  3. Be friendly with the customers but NOT too much. You don’t want to be too pushy of course. Just enough to let them know you’re excited about the items you sell.
  4. Although it’s great to have help, you don’t want to bring all of your closest relatives. For one, there usually isn’t enough room for everyone and two, what if a family feud breaks out? Talk about a show stopper! (Just kidding.) Seriously though, one other person is always great to have.
  5. Offer purchases by use of credit cards. Squareup.com has an awesome card reader for your phone and or ipad. They take a small percentage of your sale but it is so worth it. Trust me, I’m not one to carry cash and sometimes I won’t make a purchase if I can’t use my credit card.
  6. Offer a giveaway drawing in exchange for your customers contact info. It’s an easy and great way to build up your customer contact list. Plus, who doesn’t like drawings, especially when they’re free?
  7. Have fun and don’t fret if your sales didn’t end up where you wanted them. (Ok, I’m eating my words here!) Seriously though, chalk it up to a learning experience.

Well, to all you crafters and artists just starting out, I hope these tips help. If you have tips of your own please let us know…