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;
I’ve bought myself a receipt book.
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 😂)
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.
- I’ve also been busy making!
The current card making stock stands at 63.
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’……
- White table cloth
- Buy paper bags to bag up cards sold (hopefully)
- Stamp logo on paper bags
- Finish stamping the receipt book
- Find some nice crates or boxes to display cards
- Make Calligraphy pieces for Frames
- 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!