Yesterday was our first craft fair and, wow, I learned a lot:
- Rain sucks, especially for soap.
- I need a foldable table with a handle instead of the monster banquet table I borrowed from my mother. My hands hurt from gripping the metal underside.
- Wheeled carts for hauling all of the plastic bins are genius.
- Put as much product as possible on the table, people like to touch and smell and see things.
- Buy a pop-up tent for outdoor shows … again, RAIN.
- Get a smartphone credit card reader … impulse buying!
- Men and women, old and young, everyone needs soap.
- Bring more plastic baggies to protect the soap from the rain AND cute baggies with our logo.
- Don’t worry about the competition; everyone has a different market.
- HAVE FUN, talk with people, and stop stressing about sales. Friendly, approachable people make more money anyway.
We didn’t make a killing by any stretch of the imagination, but we more than broke even with the cost of the vendor fee. For now, that’s all I wanted. I met a lot of great crafters, got good advice, and signed people up on the mailing list.
The next show is in a couple of weeks, and I’ve got a lot of work to do between now and then. I want to experiment with some new soap, shampoo, and lotion recipes. I want to add some embellishments to the products and packaging. I want my new business cards and banner to come in the mail! Weeeeee soap!