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Old 06-29-2009, 11:09 AM   #1841
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I'm working on a few things at the moment. but one idea I haven't tried yet is the post it note holders. I like how they turned out and would love to make them. I need to know where to find the acrylic holders at a decent cost. I would really like to keep my cost down. Any suggestions are appreciated.

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I'm working on a few things at the moment. but one idea I haven't tried yet is the post it note holders. I like how they turned out and would love to make them. I need to know where to find the acrylic holders at a decent cost. I would really like to keep my cost down. Any suggestions are appreciated.

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You can usually find the acrylic frames at Dollar General or other Dollar Stores at a very reasonable price. Hope this helps!
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WalMart has them both directions for $1.00 and Target has them for $1.19. Good Luck!
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Thanks for the info...I'll check them out. was at the dollar store yesterday...didn't find anything but curved glass frames...so I'll go to walmart this evening and see what I find.
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Does anyone have a template/tutorial for making pinwheels?

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Here is a link that has three different sizes:
http://www.skiptomylou.org/2008/07/0...tic-pinwheels/
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What a neat site! Thank you for the link!
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When I sold a pack of cards, I made up inserts for the inside with dbl stick tape (left the peel off side intact on one side) some of the inserts were stamped with Happy Birthday greetings and others thank you, etc. People could choose what inserts they wanted, and which card to put each one inside of.
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Here are my covered lollipops I made for my 4th of July booth. You will also see "firecrackers" they are rolls of sweetarts wrapped in dp......i have never had such a hard time trying to find patriotic dp (locally). I ended up using a couple of pieces that i had laying around because I could not find any stars or stripes or combination thereof, paper, if my life depended on it.

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1405405?cat=500&ppuser=85649

I had a lot of compliments on my mini photo albums. Here's a picture of one of them. I haven't uploaded the other one yet.

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1405404?cat=500&ppuser=85649
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Those are great! Where those suckers with the circle scallop? They are so cute.

Love the fireworks too.

How much did you price your photo albums for? If you don't mind. I'm having a hard time deciding on a price.

Thanks for sharing!
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The pops and firecrackers turned out adorable! TFS

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Here are my covered lollipops I made for my 4th of July booth. You will also see "firecrackers" they are rolls of sweetarts wrapped in dp......i have never had such a hard time trying to find patriotic dp (locally). I ended up using a couple of pieces that i had laying around because I could not find any stars or stripes or combination thereof, paper, if my life depended on it.

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1405405?cat=500&ppuser=85649

I had a lot of compliments on my mini photo albums. Here's a picture of one of them. I haven't uploaded the other one yet.

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1405404?cat=500&ppuser=85649
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I sold the photo books for $5 each. I used about the equivalent of a full sheet of card stock and 5 clear envelopes (All SU). The approx. cost of making them was about $1.25 not including my time.

Oh yeah, thanks for your kind comments
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My show next week will be on pavement. Can't use stakes to keep my tent secure.

Stores around here don't carry the velcro sand bags that attach to the legs.

Anyone have a home-made variety that would be easy to make up?
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Monica;

I have an idea, but don't know if it would work. Try old burlap sacks and fill with play sand and weight it down that way. Just a thought.
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Bottles of water would be cheaper, the $1 for 5 litres.

then you can just use latter or tip away.
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Stores around here don't carry the velcro sand bags that attach to the legs.

Anyone have a home-made variety that would be easy to make up?
Get 5 gallon buckets from WalMart or Home Depot and fill with sand or landscape rock and stick the legs into it.

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Stores around here don't carry the velcro sand bags that attach to the legs.

Anyone have a home-made variety that would be easy to make up?
I've tied the cords that would ordinarily be used with tent stakes to 8X8x8 cinder blocks -- very cheap at Home Depot or Lowe's and much less messy than filling buckets with sand!
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Hello Ladies! Wanted to post here as I just had a HUGE fair last week in Falmouth, MA (Cape Cod). It was giant - and very overwhelming. I'm glad I did it - I definitely made a profit - but I will most likely be sticking to smaller fairs going forward!

Anyway, here are some of my notes from the fair. You can find lots of Photos of my booth & product on my blog:

http://crafts.peteandkerry.com/?p=573

Here is a C&P from my blog, with a little more info added in:
  • Biggest Selling Items: Laminated Bookmarks, Altered Binder Clips, Jumbo Clothespins, Altered Composition Notebooks, Post-It Note Holders (always a fave!)
  • Those wire display racks that you see were a new thing for me this time around! They are actually closet organizer shelves that I bought at Lowes in the Home Organization section. They are standing on end. I attached them to each other with tie-wraps -and then I secured them to the tables using bungee cords underneath. Neat, huh?
  • The black backing to my display racks was simply a flat black sheet that I got at Walmart for $3. I simply attached to the back of the rack using mini binder clips. So easy & cheap. I thought it gave the booth a nice finished look.
  • Lots of requests for stuff with Ladybugs on them. I think they are all the rage right now? I wrote that one down!
  • People LOVE those altered composition Notebooks. Weird huh? I think they make a great little gift for a kid - lots of people mentioned they wanted to get them for their children to draw or write in. I will def. be making lots more of these.
  • I wish I had made more door hangers. People liked these a lot too.

For copyright issues - I simply printed a bunch of labels out. All the labels said "Kerry's Paper Crafts", then my website URL - and then the appropriate Copyright was noted. For ex: Copyright Stampin Up! or Hero Arts, Stamping Bella, etc. - this was a great way for me to get my name on something & comply with Angel Policies. I adhered these to the backs & under-side of all my items.

People were VERY interested in things for their kids. In fact, I was definitely a "kid friendly booth"!! I think they were attracted to the bright colorful items - and of course, my prices were lower than most other vendors at this fair. (there were many high end vendors at this fair). Many parents said to me "It's nice to have a booth where I can get my kids a little something & not break the bank - esp. in this economy". So I thought that was a good thing!

As I stated - lots of requests for Ladybugs. Apparently they are a HOT thing at the moment!

My booth setup was definitely a step up this year. I used much more height than last years fairs and it worked out - I had much more room on the tables to display stuff.

I'm sure I am leaving some details out, so leave me a comment on my blog or PM me for more info if you have any questions. Thanks!

I now have to focus on my 2 upcoming fairs for this fall!! LOL!!
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Your booth looks great Kerry! Thank for sharing Those notebooks & post-it holders always do well for me too. Glad I made some ladybug barrettes now! (& will have to pull out my Darling Dots ladybug too.)

I might have to take your wire shelves idea--that's fantastic---are those white hooks at Lowe's too?


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Hello Ladies! Wanted to post here as I just had a HUGE fair last week in Falmouth, MA (Cape Cod). It was giant - and very overwhelming. I'm glad I did it - I definitely made a profit - but I will most likely be sticking to smaller fairs going forward!

Anyway, here are some of my notes from the fair. You can find lots of Photos of my booth & product on my blog:

http://crafts.peteandkerry.com/?p=573

Here is a C&P from my blog, with a little more info added in:
  • Biggest Selling Items: Laminated Bookmarks, Altered Binder Clips, Jumbo Clothespins, Altered Composition Notebooks, Post-It Note Holders (always a fave!)
  • Those wire display racks that you see were a new thing for me this time around! They are actually closet organizer shelves that I bought at Lowes in the Home Organization section. They are standing on end. I attached them to each other with tie-wraps -and then I secured them to the tables using bungee cords underneath. Neat, huh?
  • The black backing to my display racks was simply a flat black sheet that I got at Walmart for $3. I simply attached to the back of the rack using mini binder clips. So easy & cheap. I thought it gave the booth a nice finished look.
  • Lots of requests for stuff with Ladybugs on them. I think they are all the rage right now? I wrote that one down!
  • People LOVE those altered composition Notebooks. Weird huh? I think they make a great little gift for a kid - lots of people mentioned they wanted to get them for their children to draw or write in. I will def. be making lots more of these.
  • I wish I had made more door hangers. People liked these a lot too.

For copyright issues - I simply printed a bunch of labels out. All the labels said "Kerry's Paper Crafts", then my website URL - and then the appropriate Copyright was noted. For ex: Copyright Stampin Up! or Hero Arts, Stamping Bella, etc. - this was a great way for me to get my name on something & comply with Angel Policies. I adhered these to the backs & under-side of all my items.

People were VERY interested in things for their kids. In fact, I was definitely a "kid friendly booth"!! I think they were attracted to the bright colorful items - and of course, my prices were lower than most other vendors at this fair. (there were many high end vendors at this fair). Many parents said to me "It's nice to have a booth where I can get my kids a little something & not break the bank - esp. in this economy". So I thought that was a good thing!

As I stated - lots of requests for Ladybugs. Apparently they are a HOT thing at the moment!

My booth setup was definitely a step up this year. I used much more height than last years fairs and it worked out - I had much more room on the tables to display stuff.

I'm sure I am leaving some details out, so leave me a comment on my blog or PM me for more info if you have any questions. Thanks!

I now have to focus on my 2 upcoming fairs for this fall!! LOL!!
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Your booth looks great Kerry! Thank for sharing Those notebooks & post-it holders always do well for me too. Glad I made some ladybug barrettes now! (& will have to pull out my Darling Dots ladybug too.)

I might have to take your wire shelves idea--that's fantastic---are those white hooks at Lowe's too?
actually the hooks that I used on those shelves were all from IKEA. I have them in use in my craft room, so I just re-purposed them for this fair. But I am sure that any hooks you find will work just perfect. The other thing I noticed that worked were the mini binder clips.

HTH! Good Luck to you!
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Great ideas for the show! I love those post it note holders, but now I might invest in a bind-it-all. Those notebooks are great. They look so professional compared to some others.

Thank you for sharing your ideas - I might have a few questions when I get a little further along.
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Hello Ladies! Wanted to post here as I just had a HUGE fair last week in Falmouth, MA (Cape Cod). It was giant - and very overwhelming. I'm glad I did it - I definitely made a profit - but I will most likely be sticking to smaller fairs going forward!

Anyway, here are some of my notes from the fair. You can find lots of Photos of my booth & product on my blog:

http://crafts.peteandkerry.com/?p=573

Here is a C&P from my blog, with a little more info added in:
  • Biggest Selling Items: Laminated Bookmarks, Altered Binder Clips, Jumbo Clothespins, Altered Composition Notebooks, Post-It Note Holders (always a fave!)
  • Those wire display racks that you see were a new thing for me this time around! They are actually closet organizer shelves that I bought at Lowes in the Home Organization section. They are standing on end. I attached them to each other with tie-wraps -and then I secured them to the tables using bungee cords underneath. Neat, huh?
  • The black backing to my display racks was simply a flat black sheet that I got at Walmart for $3. I simply attached to the back of the rack using mini binder clips. So easy & cheap. I thought it gave the booth a nice finished look.
  • Lots of requests for stuff with Ladybugs on them. I think they are all the rage right now? I wrote that one down!
  • People LOVE those altered composition Notebooks. Weird huh? I think they make a great little gift for a kid - lots of people mentioned they wanted to get them for their children to draw or write in. I will def. be making lots more of these.
  • I wish I had made more door hangers. People liked these a lot too.

For copyright issues - I simply printed a bunch of labels out. All the labels said "Kerry's Paper Crafts", then my website URL - and then the appropriate Copyright was noted. For ex: Copyright Stampin Up! or Hero Arts, Stamping Bella, etc. - this was a great way for me to get my name on something & comply with Angel Policies. I adhered these to the backs & under-side of all my items.

People were VERY interested in things for their kids. In fact, I was definitely a "kid friendly booth"!! I think they were attracted to the bright colorful items - and of course, my prices were lower than most other vendors at this fair. (there were many high end vendors at this fair). Many parents said to me "It's nice to have a booth where I can get my kids a little something & not break the bank - esp. in this economy". So I thought that was a good thing!

As I stated - lots of requests for Ladybugs. Apparently they are a HOT thing at the moment!

My booth setup was definitely a step up this year. I used much more height than last years fairs and it worked out - I had much more room on the tables to display stuff.

I'm sure I am leaving some details out, so leave me a comment on my blog or PM me for more info if you have any questions. Thanks!

I now have to focus on my 2 upcoming fairs for this fall!! LOL!!
Quick question.....the wooden boxes with the handle at top (Halloween paper)...I assume that you didn't paint the entire thing just what shows? And what type of paint did you use?

Thanks in advance for your help!
Beth

BTW - sent about 2 hours on your craft blog this morning! LUV IT! My hubby thanks you too.....peace and quiet for him without me nagging him to cut the grass!!
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Kerry,

Great display and great craft items! Thanks for sharing.

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Quick question.....the wooden boxes with the handle at top (Halloween paper)...I assume that you didn't paint the entire thing just what shows? And what type of paint did you use?

Thanks in advance for your help!
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BTW - sent about 2 hours on your craft blog this morning! LUV IT! My hubby thanks you too.....peace and quiet for him without me nagging him to cut the grass!!
LOL!! thanks!! I'm glad you like it! Sounds like me & my hubby, haha.

Yes, you are correct for those wooden boxes. They are only $1 each (sometimes on sale for 70 cents!) at AC Moore. I paint the very top, and the very bottom with black paint - usually the acryllic paints that they sell at AC Moore or Michael's. I use a foam brush and just sponge the paint onto a bunch of them at once.

I sold both Xmas & Halloween ones. They sold VERY WELL at my craft fairs in 2008. I also used them to make "Snowman Soup" and I could not keep them on my table!

I hope that helps you all. I love this thread, SO many great ideas...
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LOL!! thanks!! I'm glad you like it! Sounds like me & my hubby, haha.

Yes, you are correct for those wooden boxes. They are only $1 each (sometimes on sale for 70 cents!) at AC Moore. I paint the very top, and the very bottom with black paint - usually the acryllic paints that they sell at AC Moore or Michael's. I use a foam brush and just sponge the paint onto a bunch of them at once.

I sold both Xmas & Halloween ones. They sold VERY WELL at my craft fairs in 2008. I also used them to make "Snowman Soup" and I could not keep them on my table!

I hope that helps you all. I love this thread, SO many great ideas...
Last one...how much did you sell them for? Trying to figure out if I can bump something else for these...they are sooo cute and look pretty easy!
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Last one...how much did you sell them for? Trying to figure out if I can bump something else for these...they are sooo cute and look pretty easy!
no worries! I am pretty sure that I sold them for $3 or $4 a piece...it's been a while since I did them (I didn't do them at this last fair because it was summer & I wasn't sure what to do with them - plus I didn't want to include candy & run the risk of it melting, etc.) but for Halloween I threw some Candy Corn in there, and for Xmas I think it was just mints or Hershey Kisses.
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Old 07-17-2009, 06:36 PM   #1869
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no worries! I am pretty sure that I sold them for $3 or $4 a piece...it's been a while since I did them (I didn't do them at this last fair because it was summer & I wasn't sure what to do with them - plus I didn't want to include candy & run the risk of it melting, etc.) but for Halloween I threw some Candy Corn in there, and for Xmas I think it was just mints or Hershey Kisses.
I love the idea of the Snowman soup....especially with a chocolate covered spoon inside - YUM! I think that I could get 4.00 at least for these! Thanks so much for your help!
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I was going through my list of best sellers and thought I would share an idea....I think I may have gotten it from here - since that is where all of my inspiration comes from!

Anyhoo...I made up Kids Christmas Card kits which I place in a A2 sized pizza box. I think I sold them for $8.00....not sure if I have a pix since I sold all 15 kits last time! Basically, this is a card kit that they had to color and glue together. I had already matted everything, so it was very easy for them to assemble. I tried it out on my 6 year old and she had a blast with them! I even glued a sample of the card on the bottom of the box - just like you see when you purchase them in a store.

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8 holiday designs to color (reindeer, santa, snowman etc.)
8 card bases and envelopes
8 inserts that said "I hope you get everything on your list.....so that I can come play with it!"
I think that I also had a few premade scallops/ embellies too...

Will try to hunt up a pix...I know I have one somewhere!

I am getting soooo many ideas from here.....now just need to put them into action instead of collecting!

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Thanks for all the tips!

My fair was yeaterday. Rained twice. Lots of lookers, compliments that I had nice stuff and good work, but few sales. Made my table fee back but not the sales I had hoped.

I used the cinder blocks we had lying around the house. Worked great and I was able to help out my neighbor who didn't have her tent staked.

Thankfully I had most of my stuff in bags so that helped keep it protected from the rain.

I was able to pack up before the REALLY hard rain came again. Still in the car so I'll post pics later.
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Monica - sorry it didn't go better. It's hit or miss these days. I've never been a fan of shows that are spring or summer. Holidays seem to do much better. I can't wait to see your pictures.
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Kerry, Love your bookmarks. Great video also. Now I'm thinking of getting a laminator with my measly earnings from yesterday's show.
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what are candy cane seeds???lol
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Kerry, Love your bookmarks. Great video also. Now I'm thinking of getting a laminator with my measly earnings from yesterday's show.
thanks! sorry to hear your show didn't do better. I like to look at each of them as an experience to help me for next time, so that might be one good thing!

I will say the laminator is handy for signs at the fair, etc. It has many great uses.
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what are candy cane seeds???lol
Starlight peppermints -- you know, the round, red-and-white-striped ones! My grandmother always kept them in her purse.
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Has anyone ever tried to sell the teabag holder? If so, how much did you ask for them and most of all, did they sell?
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Monica,sorry for the dissapointing sale,I too don't do spring and summer sales for that reason. Glad you can get something for your trouble,I don't have a laminator.
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hi everyone - I love this thread - just had some wonderful news, my friend and I have had our work accepted at a new (and growing) venture in northampton MA - it is a marketplace/farmers market on a major road with lots of room and AIR CONDITIONING
our first show is sunday and will post pics of the stuff I make and how the sales are - this used to be an old auto dealership...the autos left and the owners couldn't sell the property, so they transformed it into a shopping area with very skilled craftsmen - the farmers market is in the car lot - if anything like this is in your area, check it out...the rent is very low and you don't need a tent, etc. or have to worry about the weather
will keep you posted on what sells...
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