I am delighted so many people enjoyed yesterday’s post – this is a continuation. I was awoken with the furnace out back being broken again and haven’t stopped all day … so this will be quick and more tomorrow. One of the stops today was picking up the merchandise that didn’t sell at the local craft fair over the weekend. Tonight I am going to be part of a tele-conference (as a participant, not presenter) and then I get to go to bed! By the way, the little lost bubble is getting some friends here.
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Fairs are another way of marketing merchandise that is not selling items wholesale. Susan and I have been at numerous fairs and we have put in a lot more energy – in general – than what we have gotten out of the fairs. I think it was good experience for us … but it didn’t work well. There are many kinds of fairs … and we have gone to low-end craft fairs because they haven’t been very expensive.
In general we have paid $0 to $25 for fairs … so it doesn’t take too many sales to recoup the price. But remember we also need to factor in the cost of materials … and wouldn’t it be nice to factor in something for our time. There are high end fairs that cost lots and lots of money … and some in the mid-range too. We may try some of them at some point.
But there is also a basic problem for us with the fairs. We are not young chickens any more and I have a lot of health issues and Susan has her share. For me, to go and spend 2 days at a fair (after carrying lots of merchandise to the fair, packing and unpacking the car) is exhausting … it is not healthy for me. Probably at some other times of my life it would have been fun.
Why we choose to do this fair this last weekend is that you drop off the items and they sell and watch the merchandise. This takes off one big piece of pressure around the fair. Last year we actually did fairly well for us … and they were delighted we agreed to do it again. They do keep 35% of anything that is sold.
We had to tag every item and write up a list with the number, name and price of every item. I am sure you can imagine that took hours for a couple of hundred items. This year they are not sure we sold anything.
Two things … there was extremely cold, windy weather with a prediction of an ice storm and the local paper forgot to run the press release about the fair. So the turn out this year was terrible and several people who did great last year sold nothing. They needed to clarify the records to know if we sold anything … they will let us know … but it wasn’t much if any.
So perhaps you begin to see why I am not loving fairs. I will continue this topic …. very soon, hopefully tomorrow. And I will respond to your comments and read your blogs!!
~ Diane Clancy