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Craft Fairs, Bazaars & Flea Markets? Oh, My!


Many names are associated with events such as these. Craft Fairs, Bazaars, Flea Markets and Swap Meets are a few names you can find. Whatever the name they all mean the same thing. They allow you to meet new and interesting people (hopefully customers), spend quality time with your family and more of course most importantly make some extra cash. But, before you debut your first table at one of these events, getting yourself prepared is the first step. The following is a guideline you can follow to help make sure you're ready.

1. First of course you'll want to find events that are held in your area. This is about the easiest task of all. You're sure to find them everywhere. Check you local newspaper, browse bulletin boards, and watch for fliers.

2. Next, attend a few local events yourself. Take a look around and view things from a customer's point of view. Which tables caught your eye first and why? What sort of products/merchandise is being carried? Most importantly, what's isn't there? Try to visualize how you'd like your table to look.

3. Once you've found the event you'd like to attend, reserve your table. Most events have an event manager. Find out who's in charge and contact them. Pricing will vary from one event to the next. Be sure to find out the average attendance to make sure it's worth the money. Don't forget to ask questions such as the availability of electricity (if needed), the size of your "booth", anything forbidden?

4. Make sure you have enough inventory. Stock up on catalogs, brochures and business cards. Make a list of all the supplies you'll need. Are you going to have samples available? You can find a printable check-list at http://www.mommyshelperonline.com/event-checklist.zip.

5. Decide what types of payments are going to be accepted. Are you only accepting cash? Do you have the ability to accept credit cards? Are you going to take checks? Does your bank accept check from customers out of the area?

6. Make a lead box. Lead boxes can be a great way to gain a mailing list, future or even repeat customers. One thing you can do with you lead box is hold a contest. An easy way to make a lead box is to take an ordinary cardboard box, cover it in decorative contact paper and cut a slit in the top. Print out entry forms with blanks for name, address, phone number and email address. Of course if you offer catalog parties or home parties, be sure to have a place asking if they're interested in holding one.

7. Set up your display at home to get a feel of how it will look at the event. By doing this you can take your time in arranging and re-arranging your display so you'll be ready for the event. The look and feel of your display has a large impact on your sales.

8. Recruit family members. You can make your events more family-friendly by assigning everyone a job. Spouses are great for helping un-loading and loading your merchandise, setting up and tearing down your display. Spouse also come in handy to "watch your table" if you need to step away. Smaller children can help bag/box up products that are sold, hand out business cards and catalogs or even meet and greet customers. Don't forget to bring along some fun things for children incase of the dreaded boredom.

9. Put on a smile. Don't just sit behind your table looking bored. Smile and greet visitors as they walk by or more importantly "stop in". Ask them if they're enjoying the event, how they're doing. Be friendly.

10. Have fun!

About the Author: Anita DeFrank a mother of two and co-owner of DirectSalesHelpers.com which was created specifically for those in Direct Sales. Do you find yourself asking how to make more sales? The above is only a small taste of the wealth of information available at http://www.directsaleshelpers.com. Stop on in if you're serious about your direct sales company and want to know how you can make more sales.


TODAYS NEWS BY OFFICEJAX FREE ADVERTISING AND AD EXCHANGE SOLUTIONSMORE RESOURCES updated Sun. August / 20 / 2017


Early Bird Newspaper (press release)

Union City welcomes new craft, hobby shop
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UNION CITY, Ind. – Union City community members welcomed it's newest small business Tuesday morning with the official grand opening of the Artisan Loop – located at 336 W. Oak St. Shop owner Jamie Matchett says she is hopefully the environment will ...



Wicked Local Marshfield

Marshfield Fair: From Arts & Crafts to Country Arts
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Exhibits have changed reflecting the times to include expanded needlework, hobbies, and crafts. Now in the 21st century, traditional handmade items and modern crafts are all exhibited together; including woodworking, art and photography. Men, as well ...

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Business Notes: Glen Road Plaza Hobby Shop Evicted
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West Lebanon — The hobby and crafts supplies store known as Hobbies 'N' Stuff and Valley Art Suppliers was evicted from its Glen Road Plaza site by the Grafton County Sheriff's Department on July 13 after Triton Realty Corp., owner of the plaza, filed ...



Idaho Mountain Express and Guide

Blaine County Fair celebrates 4-H rodeo and crafts
Idaho Mountain Express and Guide
The fair is a celebration of rural expertise in 4-H livestock-raising, gardening, canning, crafts and hobbies. Rodeo stars of all ages can compete at the nearby rodeo arena. Animal shows and judging, a petting zoo, rodeo action, commercial exhibits and ...



Weakley County Press

HOPING FOR BLUE
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Fair volunteers were on hand at the fairgrounds accepting entries for adult art, photography, sewing, hobbies and crafts, canning and senior hobbies and crafts. All other categories are to be submitted this weekend except culinary, which is to be ...



Crafts come alive in Marton
New Zealand Herald
A crafts show next month in Marton is a collaboration between the Marton Women's Institute and community organisation Project Marton. Institute president Gillian Futcher said the women's institute had been a big part of her life since she was a child.



Lewiston Morning Tribune (subscription)

Catherine Jensen
Lewiston Morning Tribune (subscription)
Catherine's inquisitiveness led her to pursue many hobbies. She had an extensive antique button collection and was a past president of the Idaho State Syringa Button Society. Throughout her life, she was involved in many organizations. She enjoyed ...



MyCentralJersey.com

I started another sweater
MyCentralJersey.com
Have you tried this cabled chemo cap yet? The pattern is in my last blog post: http://www.mycentraljersey.com/story/life/arts/crafts-hobbies/in-stitches/2017/08/02/using-knitting-as-an-escape-free-hat-pattern/104216322/ (Photo: Pamela MacKenzie/Staff ...



The Winchester Star

Competition, ribbons, smiles take over Ruritan fairgrounds
The Winchester Star
The homemaking department includes baked goods, preserved food, clothing, needlework, crafts, hobbies and collections. Ball said it took 32 judges to look at everything in the homemaking building alone. The agriculture and horticulture department ...



Piqua Daily Call

Troy baker takes the cake at fair
Piqua Daily Call
Winners of the Artisan of the Year award are honored for their culinary and craftsmanship talents, and they must enter at least one entry for the categories of needlework, crafts, hobbies, and baked goods. Winners of the Golden Trowel award are honored ...


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