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Do I have enough for my first "Craft Fair"

Decided a few months ago to make stuff to sell, pretty much made all this stuff, and stuff not pictured in just a few months.

However, I am 11 days away from my first craft fair, and I am wondering if I have enough inventory, plus how to price it.

Some stuff I am taking, like the clocks, Cedar Chest, my Walnut Shop Stool, kids toys not to sell, but as an example of what can be ordered.

I also have, well its like a cutting board but it has all the different species, finished half semi and half gloss, to help people choose the materials they might want in a custom order.

Anyway, here are some pics.

Inventory I will be taking
30 bowls
2 Cherry Clocks
4 Lamps
Truck, Trailer, Backhoe, Road Grader
2 Desktop Organizers
10 Spoons
Cedar CHest
Walnut Stool

I am sure I can pump out more stuff, input appreciated. And pricing on the bowls, well hell alot of stuff I am not sure about.






It's all fun and games until someone loses the Walnut.
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Someone has been a busy beaver,All looks good to me and Im sure you will sell a bunch.Nice work there.

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Where is the craft fair?

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More info will help get better answers.

Where is this craft air? Geographic location and place ( church,school, convention center)

How much did it cost to get in? A $20-$40 craft fair will probably need less stuff then one of the big ones. Not always some of my best shows were school shows.

Is this a one or two day show?

Pricing is hard and depends on Locarno, income level etc. it also can be determined by cost of materials, the craft fair and how many people are expected to be there.

I'm thinking you may have enough fora smaller craft fair but no where near enough of a large one. Just a guess asked on your list.
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More info will help get better answers.

Where is this craft air? Geographic location and place ( church,school, convention center)

How much did it cost to get in? A $20-$40 craft fair will probably need less stuff then one of the big ones. Not always some of my best shows were school shows.

Is this a one or two day show?

Pricing is hard and depends on Locarno, income level etc. it also can be determined by cost of materials, the craft fair and how many people are expected to be there.

I'm thinking you may have enough fora smaller craft fair but no where near enough of a large one. Just a guess asked on your list.

Trade Days, Mckinney, TX. Collin Co

fri/sat/sun

Never ever been to one, no idea what they are like.

70.00 first time, 20.00 each month after that.

Kinda wanted to get a feel for it, then I'll know what people may be looking for, etc.

If I sell out on day 1, I'm happy.

It's all fun and games until someone loses the Walnut.
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Make sure your display has some varying height to it. As for pricing, it really depends upon your local market. What sells for $100 here might nanotubes sell for $50 there, or vice versa. When I entered into the craft fair craziness, I shopped several shows the prior year to get an idea what things were going for. Set a price that you'd be ok paying if you couldn't make it yourself and don't be afraid to raise or lower accordingly once you get a sense of the competition.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Looks good to me. All that stuff you could be the craft fair, although I've never been to one myself.
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Make sure your display has some varying height to it. As for pricing, it really depends upon your local market. What sells for $100 here might nanotubes sell for $50 there, or vice versa. When I entered into the craft fair craziness, I shopped several shows the prior year to get an idea what things were going for. Set a price that you'd be ok paying if you couldn't make it yourself and don't be afraid to raise or lower accordingly once you get a sense of the competition.

Steve, the price difference when I moved from Tacoma to Fort Worth back in 2004 hit me like a brick, a 250,000.00 house here....is like a house on Mercer Island, It's way cheaper here.

The plan has always been to pick up profits in bulk. By spending the time to make interchangeable jigs, sleds, etc, I save man house in milling material, assembly, etc. My Stave Checkerboard bowls, 4 3/4" x 48" pieces edge glued together do 2 bowls, takes 2 minutes to cut the staves on the sled, if I had a waist high stack of ready to cut boards, I could cut say....100 bowls worth of material in 45 minutes.

I have glue up jigs to glue up bowl halves, 5 at a time. I got nothing better to do sometimes than come up with this crap... blame my dad, he tells Lockheed how to build the JSF fighter, its in me genes.....

However, it really is in the Jigs, templates, masters. Take the time to make a master, make a jig, save it, it cuts man hours down bigtime.

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Make sure your display has some varying height to it. As for pricing, it really depends upon your local market. What sells for $100 here might nanotubes sell for $50 there, or vice versa. When I entered into the craft fair craziness, I shopped several shows the prior year to get an idea what things were going for. Set a price that you'd be ok paying if you couldn't make it yourself and don't be afraid to raise or lower accordingly once you get a sense of the competition.
I agree totally and would add don't try toguesswhat they want and only make those things. What sells today may not next week. You will drive yourself crazy trying to figure out what will sell. Try and keep a good variety to make sure.
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Trade Days, Mckinney, TX. Collin Co

fri/sat/sun

Never ever been to one, no idea what they are like.

70.00 first time, 20.00 each month after that.

Kinda wanted to get a feel for it, then I'll know what people may be looking for, etc.

If I sell out on day 1, I'm happy.
Ahh yes Third Monday trade days. I will be there walking through. Been wanting to sell there but have not made enough extra stuff yet. It sells as fast as I make it.

Got my kid helping now.

The plan was to go check it out and see what sells there and check into booth spaces as far as how big they are in person and location. Then I will decide on whether or not to try it.

It seems like the price is very fair for access to people who A have money and B are there just to look at stuff and buy stuff.

I will look for your booth and good luck!

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Steve, the price difference when I moved from Tacoma to Fort Worth back in 2004 hit me like a brick, a 250,000.00 house here....is like a house on Mercer Island, It's way cheaper here.

The plan has always been to pick up profits in bulk. By spending the time to make interchangeable jigs, sleds, etc, I save man house in milling material, assembly, etc. My Stave Checkerboard bowls, 4 3/4" x 48" pieces edge glued together do 2 bowls, takes 2 minutes to cut the staves on the sled, if I had a waist high stack of ready to cut boards, I could cut say....100 bowls worth of material in 45 minutes.

I have glue up jigs to glue up bowl halves, 5 at a time. I got nothing better to do sometimes than come up with this crap... blame my dad, he tells Lockheed how to build the JSF fighter, its in me genes.....

However, it really is in the Jigs, templates, masters. Take the time to make a master, make a jig, save it, it cuts man hours down bigtime.
I make jigs for everything at my day job. So many in fact the guys say I have a jig for making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

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I don't know anything about the craft fair enviorment but you have some very nice items there. I especially like those lamps.
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Yep I'm going to have to see them in person. I tried to get to TMTD last month but had too many orders to get away from the shop. I will make it this month.

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I think that most people at a craft fair buy on the spur of the moment. If you have something to sell, have it on hand so that they can walk out with it in their hand. Do not rely on people placing orders.

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I think that most people at a craft fair buy on the spur of the moment. If you have something to sell, have it on hand so that they can walk out with it in their hand. Do not rely on people placing orders.

George

I've learned my lesson with tire kicking false orders.....50% deposit separates the serious people from the tire kickers.

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Good grief I hope so! That's a lot of work sitting there. Good luck with it.
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If you have a small booth you should have plenty of product. A display always looks better if full to the brim with product. What this says to the shoppers is "I've got a lot of product here because I expect to sell a lot".

I've sold some segmented bowls similar to yours at craft fairs. I make a few simple ones and a few fancier ones and them mostly ones that are in between. The in betweens sell best. But segmented bowls are labor intensive. If I figured my labor to make and then market them, well it's a labor of love.

I wouldn't count on custom orders. These things are usually impulse buyers.

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If you have a small booth you should have plenty of product. A display always looks better if full to the brim with product. What this says to the shoppers is "I've got a lot of product here because I expect to sell a lot".

I've sold some segmented bowls similar to yours at craft fairs. I make a few simple ones and a few fancier ones and them mostly ones that are in between. The in betweens sell best. But segmented bowls are labor intensive. If I figured my labor to make and then market them, well it's a labor of love.

I wouldn't count on custom orders. These things are usually impulse buyers.

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After the 3rd segmented Stave bowls I built permanent jigs, now if needed, I could do a serious production run of them if I needed to. However there is no jig for the ripping and planing, gluing and re-planing, but cutting the staves, gluing the bowls up, bases to bowls, blocks to bases, yeah I have that part covered.

Im sick of that style bowl right now, I actually have another 20 of them on a shelf that either need to be glued up, or need basses, turned, etc. I just dont want to do a bunch more, I need to finish the desktop organizers, spoons and I have artwork/tags/diplay info i need to do anyway.

Plus, I want to get started on my natural edge+Burl+Open segmented project, and the Open Segmented vase I want to make for the house. And there is Christmas coming.....

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After the 3rd segmented Stave bowls I built permanent jigs, now if needed, I could do a serious production run of them if I needed to. However there is no jig for the ripping and planing, gluing and re-planing, but cutting the staves, gluing the bowls up, bases to bowls, blocks to bases, yeah I have that part covered.

Im sick of that style bowl right now, I actually have another 20 of them on a shelf that either need to be glued up, or need basses, turned, etc. I just dont want to do a bunch more, I need to finish the desktop organizers, spoons and I have artwork/tags/diplay info i need to do anyway.

Plus, I want to get started on my natural edge+Burl+Open segmented project, and the Open Segmented vase I want to make for the house. And there is Christmas coming.....
Uh oh, you sound like me, ha.

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Well I just sold all of the medium size checkerboard bowls at a locally owned home store, man the older furniture they had in there.....I was drooling......

So, out of the stave bowls now, lol, yeah, I think they would sell out fast at the trade days, I think I should be going with 50 of them.

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