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Craft fair preparations – My April update

Hello there 🙋🏻‍♀️

Earlier in the year I signed up to sell my handmade cards at a craft fair in December (2018).

As I signed up in January I have given myself 11 months to prepare and make stock 😁

I’m sure as I get towards December I will be thinking that 11 months wasn’t long enough but for now it seems like a decent length of time to make things to sell.

In this post I thought I would share a quick update of my progress so far and share some of the things that I have been thinking about to prepare.

When I initially signed up my mind was a wash with so many ideas, thoughts, worries……

I will, of course, make lots of Greetings cards, I am after all a card maker. But how many should I make? What shall I put on them?

How should I display them, should I buy a stand?

How much should I charge?

I could do some watercolour paintings, pieces of Calligraphy……….

I’ll need to get a white table cloth, should I have bunting??………”

 

So, I’ve been making a list of the ideas I’ve had, so that a) I remember them closer to the time and b) so that it’s not so overwhelming when it comes to November, just before the fair.

Here’s a list of my progress so far;

  • Receipts

I’ve bought myself a receipt book.

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This is the receipt book I found in a local shop. No affiliate links, just happened to be this one they stocked. Other receipt books are available

My thinking is that as the pages are numbered up to 100 I can keep a track of how many items I sell. The book also has a duplicate page, where you write on the top page and the blue ink transfer’s to the page underneath, so I can also write down the type of product (ie. Calligraphy Birthday card) and then after the fair I can see what sold best.

  • Logo me up!

Inside the receipt book I have started to stamp my logo on each page (I’ll need the year just to finish this 😂)

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I have also dug out my old ‘Thank you’ stamp and am going to write my Social Media contact details on each page.  Who knows, it might generate a future contact / opportunity!

  • I’m going to have light!

At the end of last year I went to a Christmas market and saw a stall selling handmade products. The lady had a light box with her company name on and, along side the way she had set out her stall, it looked really nice.

Ever since then I have been looking for one and I recently found one in a craft shop.

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I have covered up the price and shop name as again, no affiliate links, just happened to be the one I saw and bought.  Other light boxes are available
  • I’ve also been busy making!

The current card making stock stands at 63.

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63 and counting…….

I’ve been making a mix of Birthday, Anniversary, ‘Just because’ and my favourite anytime of the year….Christmas!

I have been posting a lot of the designs that I am making on my mariebxmastree Instagram account. Let me know if you take a look 😊

  • And now to the list ‘still to do’……
  1. White table cloth
  2. Buy paper bags to bag up cards sold (hopefully)
  3. Stamp logo on paper bags
  4. Finish stamping the receipt book
  5. Find some nice crates or boxes to display cards
  6. Make Calligraphy pieces for Frames
  7. Keeeeeeep Making cards

And so that brings me up to April. Lots to do, lots to make, but I am having fun working on the projects and hopefully it will be a success.

Have you ever sold your handmade products at a fair?  Do you have any hints or tips to share?

Thank you for reading, I hope you have enjoyed this post and Happy Crafting!

3 thoughts on “Craft fair preparations – My April update”

    1. Thank you for your message Ellie, I really appreciate it, and for taking time to read my post. I’m excited to do the craft fair but also quite nervous 😊

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