Yesterday, I had a table set up at the 4-H Fairground for the Holiday Bazaar. I finished getting everything ready for it the evening before. I also made a price list and placed it in a silver picture frame. I thought the silver was an appropriate color for the holiday season. I got up around 6 a.m. after sleeping only about 4 hours and went to the fairground around 7:30 so that I could get my table ready for the bazaar.
There were about 100 vendors there. Most of the vendors had hand-crafted items. There were woven scarves, Christmas decorations for the home and trees, homemade fudge, crocheted and knitted items, Mary Kay Cosmetics, a chiropractor, and more!! There was also a food booth for lunchtime eats.
I was actually very surprised when I sold an item during the first 15 minutes after the door opened to the public. It gave me hope that there would be a trend of people buying some of my items. Altogether, I sold seven items for a total of $32. That was twice the amount of money made at the Christmas bazaar the previous weekend.
I don't think I will do any more craft shows. After paying for a space at the shows and taking the time to set up and tear down everything, it's really not worth it. I paid $45 for a table at two shows and sold $48 in handmade items. So I cleared $3.
I'm going to have to find a few other ways to sell what I make. There are a few places on the internet that I will be looking into very soon. I will need to narrow down the selections so that I can concentrate on making a few variations of these selections. I have also been designing easy patterns for knitting washcloths. I figure that if lots of other people can sell patterns to me, I can sell patterns to them, too!
When I get a couple of shops set up online, I will make an announcement here. I should be able to get them started some time in early January. Stay tuned!!