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Old 09-26-2010, 07:53 PM   #441
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Thanks for all of the great suggestions. I will check these out!

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I don't have a template for them but you've made me think of a suggestion: Beate's Tri-Fold Card Instructions in the resources section of SCS at
Splitcoaststampers - Trifold Pocket Card Project Tutorial by Beate Johns

The tri-fold card may be a variation for you if you don't find the template you are looking for. Instead of, or as well as, putting the photo on the insert (*insert as suggested by Beate), you could just insert a photo, perhaps with a magnetic strip on the back, into the tri-fold card. Have samples to show customers.
It could even be made to look like a mini scrap book page to go into an album or sit on display, or put on the fridge. It could be applied all year round for whatever event or reason.

Small photos would fit into some of the credit card size gift folders and the photo could be intended to go into a wallett. Here's a link to instructions for one by Jenn on SCS:
Splitcoaststampers - Gift Card Holder Project Tutorial by Jenn Balcer

There are lots of others in the SCS gallery which look like purses, which could also be used for the photos, too.

Hopefully, all this gives people more reasons to buy our crafts! !

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I am placing an order with Clear Bags this week. I know this is somewhere on this thread but I can't seem to find it. What sized bags does everyone use for the composition books with RSVP pens?

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In my tins there are only 12 nuggets and they lat flat in the tin (one layer)...and yes, I wrap all 12 of them.

They were just "ok" sellers for me last year - sold them at $5.00. I think that I made 15 to sell and actually sold 5 or 6.

Where did you get your tins from? I am doing a craft fair next month. I have bought stuff to make, now I just have to sit down and make them.
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I am placing an order with Clear Bags this week. I know this is somewhere on this thread but I can't seem to find it. What sized bags does everyone use for the composition books with RSVP pens?

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I ordered mine from Etsy here:

50 9 x 12 Clear Resealable Cello Bag Envelopes by momgen on Etsy

It was $7.50 for 50 of them and like $4-5 shipping. I didn't think I'd do more than 50 of the big comp books, so that's why I ordered these. They fit my project just fine.
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I ordered the 9x12 bags from GT Bag Company when I was placing an order for the 1x8 bags. They were $11 for 100 bags.
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What is a good amount of change to start off with? I've got to go get change today so I don't put it off until last minute LOL. Just made some really cute Halloween bags tonight and don't want to sell them cos they're so cute! Have got to finish up everything else as well. Thankfully DH has the next 2 days off so hoping I'll be able to go down to my craft area for a few hours.
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Here is a peek at some of the bags I finished up tonight!
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Where did you get your tins from? I am doing a craft fair next month. I have bought stuff to make, now I just have to sit down and make them.
I got the tins here last year:Tin Rectangular Window 5.5" by 3.7" hinged - COVER

Not sure if there is a better price out there this year, I haven't looked since I have a lot left over.

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Thanks for getting back to me on this. I have a big order going in to Clear Bags today because I need lots of different sizes. They are the only place that I can find that carries the card jackets in multiple sizes. I like those better so that people can see the inside of the card. I also like their clear card boxes for sets of cards.

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I ordered mine from Etsy here:

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It was $7.50 for 50 of them and like $4-5 shipping. I didn't think I'd do more than 50 of the big comp books, so that's why I ordered these. They fit my project just fine.
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Thanks for your input! I looked for some time last night and couldn't find this info on the thread.

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Jenn, your Halloween bags are really cute!! What are they used for?


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Jenn, Love your halloween bags. They look like you put a lot of time and effort into them. SO cute!!
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Jenn, your Halloween bags are really cute!! What are they used for?
They are big enough for a gift card or candy A friend of mine is already interested in buying some for her daughters prek Halloween party. WOOHOO!
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What is a good amount of change to start off with? I've got to go get change today so I don't put it off until last minute LOL. Just made some really cute Halloween bags tonight and don't want to sell them cos they're so cute! Have got to finish up everything else as well. Thankfully DH has the next 2 days off so hoping I'll be able to go down to my craft area for a few hours.


Are we talking $ or coins here?? For bills we always start off with $150.00 in assorted bills. Be sure to have one of those counterfeit pens on hand. And the coins vary depending on your pricing but I would say $25.00-$50.00 should do. I save all my coins thru the year so I knopw I'll have them whenever it's show time


Good luck and just close your eyes whenever you go to sell those treat bags
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Are we talking $ or coins here?? For bills we always start off with $150.00 in assorted bills. Be sure to have one of those counterfeit pens on hand. And the coins vary depending on your pricing but I would say $25.00-$50.00 should do. I save all my coins thru the year so I knopw I'll have them whenever it's show time


Good luck and just close your eyes whenever you go to sell those treat bags
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I don't want to be Debbie downer here (think of me as Betty Bank Employee, instead!), but please do not rely strictly on the counterfeit pens, there are ways of getting around that and the counterfeiters know this! Here is a website from the Secret Service on counterfeit money United States Secret Service: Know Your Money - Counterfeit Awareness
Please be aware that it's the smaller bills (5's & 10's) that are more frequently counterfeit, than the bigger bills, we tend to not look as closely to the smaller denominations.
We put A LOT of time and effort into our crafts and I would hate to see any of us get ripped off, so please check out this website and really look at the money you are getting. Desperate times, desperate people - don't be a victim.

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Wow thanks for the info!!! I use the pens but will sometimes check for the watermark or whatever its called. I guess we all need to learn what REAl money looks/feels like
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I don't want to be Debbie downer here (think of me as Betty Bank Employee, instead!), but please do not rely strictly on the counterfeit pens, there are ways of getting around that and the counterfeiters know this! Here is a website from the Secret Service on counterfeit money United States Secret Service: Know Your Money - Counterfeit Awareness
Please be aware that it's the smaller bills (5's & 10's) that are more frequently counterfeit, than the bigger bills, we tend to not look as closely to the smaller denominations.
We put A LOT of time and effort into our crafts and I would hate to see any of us get ripped off, so please check out this website and really look at the money you are getting. Desperate times, desperate people - don't be a victim.

Good Luck to everyone!

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This is a good reminder. Thanks for the info.
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I don't want to be Debbie downer here (think of me as Betty Bank Employee, instead!), but please do not rely strictly on the counterfeit pens, there are ways of getting around that and the counterfeiters know this! Here is a website from the Secret Service on counterfeit money United States Secret Service: Know Your Money - Counterfeit Awareness
Please be aware that it's the smaller bills (5's & 10's) that are more frequently counterfeit, than the bigger bills, we tend to not look as closely to the smaller denominations.
We put A LOT of time and effort into our crafts and I would hate to see any of us get ripped off, so please check out this website and really look at the money you are getting. Desperate times, desperate people - don't be a victim.

Good Luck to everyone!

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Former bank employee totally agrees (I personally caught counterfeit singles - more than once.)

I only occasionally read this (and the older) thread but I am hoping to start doing craft fairs in 2011 (never considered it before but I live in a more populated area now but am still unpacking / organizing my craft stuff so 2010 is out of the question).

So, I'd like to know some tried-and-true links and other methods for finding local craft fairs. I did a search but the sites that came up (sorry ... don't recall details) were either not updated for several years, poorly organized as to types of events, or required a fee for details.

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I got some at Walmart and at Staples. I believe most office supply stores carry them.
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I found out about the ones I'm doing either through word of mouth or did a search for craft shows in my area and it brought up links to the local churches or businesses holding them. Also check out the calendar of events for your town if your town has one online. That's where I got contact info from.
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Here in my city a lot of people use Kijiji, so that's where I found the ones that I'm signed up for. They were listed in community events.
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So, I'd like to know some tried-and-true links and other methods for finding local craft fairs. I did a search but the sites that came up (sorry ... don't recall details) were either not updated for several years, poorly organized as to types of events, or required a fee for details.

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I just did my very first craft fair this weekend. If you can find your first one, then what happens is if you talk to the other vendors at the show, they will tip you off on the next shows coming up. That's how I got my next gig for this coming weekend. I have found them also on Craigslist. Also, call local schools and ask them if they have any craft shows scheduled. Another place to try is local churches. But really, once you do one show, the other vendors will let you know where to go next.

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Thanks ladies ... I'll pursue these leads. Your help is appreciated!
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Almost every single one I'm signed up for my lead came from Craigslist. Great resource!
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I am placing an order with Clear Bags this week. I know this is somewhere on this thread but I can't seem to find it. What sized bags does everyone use for the composition books with RSVP pens?

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I like the 8 7/16 x 10 1/4 from clearbags for the large comp books with rsvp pens. Nice fit and the pen doesn't move around. Books and matching acrylic post it note holders by dhb1281 - Cards and Paper Crafts at Splitcoaststampers
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I just did my very first craft fair this weekend. If you can find your first one, then what happens is if you talk to the other vendors at the show, they will tip you off on the next shows coming up. That's how I got my next gig for this coming weekend. I have found them also on Craigslist. Also, call local schools and ask them if they have any craft shows scheduled. Another place to try is local churches. But really, once you do one show, the other vendors will let you know where to go next.

HTH!
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I second what Tree says. I did my first one last year and someone visiting my booth suggested I do another one (she was on the committee) which lead to my second. There I found out about a bunch of them from the neighboring crafter who was very friendly and forthcoming with tons of info on local shows. I haven't checked out Craigslist but if the ones I do this year don't pan out then I will check there next year!
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I found a website about life in my area (I'm a Secret Sister so I'm trying to not give away my location) and printed info about several upcoming craft fairs. I hope to visit at least 2-3 to get a feel for the types of vendors they attract/desire and the traffic generated. There is no way I can be ready for this year (esp. since I've never done a craft fair and have less than 6 cards - and I need 8 for upcoming family events LOL!) but I am hoping this helps me focus and decide which venues to pursue.

I realize the answer to this question varies by region but how much does it typically cost and what do you get for it? Most of the fairs didn't have online contracts or pricing but I did find one that charges $75-90 for one day (depends on location); I think they specified an 8-foot table is provided. Another charges $55 and offers free coffee and a bagel.

I still need to checkout Craigslist (the Kijiji site is a competitor but does not have much USA traffic).

Hoping all of you doing fairs are successful.

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I didn't want one to sit on my table, but to put beside it. That way I have more table space for other things! HTH!
OK, I finally broke down and decided! I ordered the 24 card spinner from Displays2Go. I looked all over and it was the cheapest even with the shipping costing more than the actual item. Very weird!
Since I was paying shipping anyhow, I bought a standard spinner rack also to hang things from.
Shipping was $42 to Washington! ouch!

I sure hope my sales go up to justify this extra $100. My hubby says it's an investment. But I am not feeling it yet because I have been paying out too much up front for table fees too! lol
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I found a couple on Craiglist last year, but many more were identified through other vendors. Also, sometimes craft show hosts will attend other shows and invite you to theirs if they like your items. I had many people ask me to consider their shows.

I decided this year, I am only doing 2 day shows because it is so much work to set up and tear down. It just doesn't seem worth it for a few hours on one day. They typically cost about $120 for two days. I have seen some as much as $200-400 for the larger shows but that is still too rich for my blood, even if there will be alot of people attending.

I have made an exception for a small October show (30 vendors at a nearby school) though because the entry fee was only $10 plus $10 worth of product for doorprizes.
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Old 09-27-2010, 09:59 PM   #474
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I really like the one at displays2go- especially the price! But being the picky person that I am, I wanted to be able to display cards both vertically and horizontally, so I'm considering this:

https://www.clearlds.com/productcart...&idproduct=454

What do you think?
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Old 09-27-2010, 10:00 PM   #475
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Here are some pics of things I have made for my craft shows.
Beaded pens, Beaded bookmarks, and Ribbon hairclips.
Diane, your work is really great! Can I ask where you got the paper clips? I'm inspired to try the beaded pens as well as the bookmarks. Thanks for the inspiration.
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Old 09-28-2010, 05:59 AM   #476
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I think all of you are talented and really appreciate the tips (and inspiration).

Happy Crafting!
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Old 09-28-2010, 06:07 AM   #477
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So how many different things do you all have at your craft sales? I have been working on quite a bit of things and hope I don't have too many different items! I have:

Post its - acrylic frames, coaster frames and notebook type
M&M treat bags
Covered long note pads
Home made play doh
Covered journals and pens
Colour me card kits
Cards
Bags of Tags
Tile magnets
A couple altered lunch tins
Tile erase boards
snowman soup
paper clip bookmarks
marble magnets
money holders and gift card holders
decorated frames
notebooks from folders

And I still want to do tile coasters, cookies/brownies in a jar and doggie/kitty treats, reindeer food, nugget tins

Seems like a lot now that it is all in writing! LOL

Think it's too much? Should I ditch the tile coasters and doggie/kitty treats?

Thanks for your help!
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Old 09-28-2010, 07:06 AM   #478
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Hi Sandra,

Everything on your list is what I want on my list too. Ha ha! I was worried the same thing- that I'd have too many things and it'd be confusing to buyers. But I think it'd be better to have a large variety of items to increase your marketability.

Can you take pics for us to see your goodies?

I need to take pics of what I've made too and post them.
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Old 09-28-2010, 07:28 AM   #479
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Here are some pics of things I have made for my craft shows.
Beaded pens, Beaded bookmarks, and Ribbon hairclips.
Lovely items and they look so professional! All the best for your show!
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Old 09-28-2010, 07:35 AM   #480
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Hi, Sandra! It might be a lot, but you don't HAVE to display everything at once....if your table seems to 'busy' at first, when you're setting up, you can leave off a couple of your things for later in the day...keep your ears open, though, in case someone verbalizes that they're looking for something you've set aside for later. I think it's always better to have way MORE than you'll need than less!

Looking forward to pics, too! (hint, hint!)

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