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Old 08-17-2009, 11:51 AM   #1961
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I love this thread!! I am going to my first craft show in October and had originally planned on taking only cards. Now I plan to take nearly half a dozen crafts.

Thank you for all the great ideas!!!
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im your "spooky" is fab, did you cut everything by hand, I bet you could do some of this with a die cutter or cricut!NICE!
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I showcased some clean and simple mini note cards on my blog today if you want to take a look. I am going to sell them in a pack of eight (like my drink tags) at the fall craft fairs.
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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!!
Thank for posting your craft fair pic. I was wondering where your purchased your card rack display.
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Here is a website that sells card racks

http://www.displaywarehouse.com/show...FRkNDQodewlSmw

there are tons of companies out there, I just did a Google search

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I scored at a rummage sale today and got two racks, one for cards and the other holds magazines or books. I'm thinking of participating in a sale in October (oh and no I don't have anything ready for it!) and I was so happy to find these racks. Been looking forever and didn't want to spend tons of money on them. Now I need to get cracking on projects for the sale!
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Congrats on the racks. I bought mine second hand last year too! I posted photos of my Teabag Boxes on my blog today...I am planning on selling these this fall.
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I'm so excited,I have 46 coasters "tumbled tiles" stamped and baked,have about 40 left to do,...did some chipboard coaster calendars,and coco pkgs,have done the pic for my candy bars and they are layered,always wait to get the candy bars closer to the sale,and have not seen a sale on coco yet. Did bead pens,have more to do,don't like that chore. But I feel good like I'm getting there. Always so much to do and so little time.
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Oh wow, ladies, I started reading this long, long thread yesterday from the beginning. I read, bookmarked favorites, and made notes until 2:00 am.

I started reading again this afternoon, and here I am on the last page. Whew!! What a wonderful wealth of information, encouragement and talent.

I'd been seeing a sign on a nearby church that I pass by nearly every day. It said "Crafters - Call ---------. I finally wrote down the number and called. The lady was so nice. She said it is the 6th year of the Craft Fair and was thrilled when I told her I did papercrafts. She said they don't have anyone else in that category. So, we will see if that is good....or not.

She's sending me an application. The booth fee is $25 for one day, November 7, from 10 to 4. I am very excited about going, and my head is just reeling with all the creative ideas I've found here.

I have a room FULL of stamps, paper, ribbons, bling, you name it, and I know I can make some great things for this show.

Thanks to everyone for taking the time to share such detailed information, post links, and look things up.

I'm looking forward to reading this thread every day between now and November 7th. Oh wait, I have to make things don't I? Yipes!
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I'm so excited,I have 46 coasters "tumbled tiles" stamped and baked,have about 40 left to do,...did some chipboard coaster calendars,and coco pkgs,have done the pic for my candy bars and they are layered,always wait to get the candy bars closer to the sale,and have not seen a sale on coco yet. Did bead pens,have more to do,don't like that chore. But I feel good like I'm getting there. Always so much to do and so little time.
Where did you find your coasters? I went to Lowes and the only tumbled tiles they had were about $5.99 for 4. I'm sure these aren't the ones that everyone has been using to make these. Just seems kinda pricey.

What exactly are they called at the hardware stores? I appreciate any help on this.
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I get mine for Lowes. They are in the tile section in big boxes of about 40 or so. Of course I do use the smaller ones for drink coasters and they average out to 20cents or so each. Just make sure they don't have a coating over them already because the ink won't really stay on them. If you can't find them just ask on of the workers and tell them you need tumbled tiles and they "should" be able to help. Hope you find them, these are really fun to make and sell pretty well.

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I got mine either at Lowe's or Home Depot. They are 3.5 inch square tiles. They are quite heavy, and come in a box of 9 tiles, I think. The style is Bottocino. The box is a cube with a hole in the front. I forget what they cost. They tend to be very dusty, so you need to rinse them, and let them dry before you stamp them.
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I got mine either at Lowe's or Home Depot. They are 3.5 inch square tiles. They are quite heavy, and come in a box of 9 tiles, I think. The style is Bottocino. The box is a cube with a hole in the front. I forget what they cost. They tend to be very dusty, so you need to rinse them, and let them dry before you stamp them.
That's where I got mine, & that's also the name/style that I bought. The count sounds about right too. I don't recall what I paid for mine since it's been about 2-3 yrs since I bought any.

My DH & I actually sat on the floor in the store going thru the boxes to make sure to get the best tiles as some of them might be too rough or bumpy to stamp on & some had nicks on the corners.

There was some prep involved with the rinsing & letting them dry, but it's worth it since it's a very fun, rewarding project. I gave many sets of 4 as Christmas gifts to family & friends. They also make inexpensive but very nice housewarming gifts. not to mention a great craft fair item.
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I got mine at Lowe's, they were clear on the bottom, actually sitting on the floor in little cube boxes, 9 to a box, one square foot, Tumbled Marble, made in Turkey, label on box " Tumbled Marble 4x4 Chiaro. I believe they were under $5 per box. Than I got the rubber bumpers, 1/2" self-stick 12 per package, for under $1.50? Like someone else said, I went thru a couple of boxes to pick out the "good ones", meaning no chips or huge holes where you would stamp your image. HTH!
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Definetely worth your time to sit on the floor to get a good box. A box of 9 is less than $5.

I haven't sold any as coasters yet, but my SIL saw a picture and said that I should have some that can be hung on the wall
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So are you using Staz On for the ink? and are you heat sealing them in the oven? What temp and how long?

Found a couple tutorials, but some of the information in them and the comments attached are conflicting. Would like to make a set or 2 for some new neighbors and friends that are building a new home.

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Hi Ladies,

Had my first craft fair of the season yesterday (& the first outdoor one I've ever done). I posted pics & thoughts on my experience on my blog

http://stamp4life.blogspot.com/2009/...-bad-ugly.html

Hopefully I'll have more insights on bestsellers with my next one!
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Definetely worth your time to sit on the floor to get a good box.
Gotta be careful, though! If a store employee sees you, they'll often make you stop what you're doing and leave the area, or force you to take your boxes of tiles as they were originally packed.
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Sorry if that happened to you! Fortunately it never happened to us. We did it on more than one occasion & employees couldn't help but see us, considering where the tile inventory was.
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Found a couple tutorials, but some of the information in them and the comments attached are conflicting. Would like to make a set or 2 for some new neighbors and friends that are building a new home.

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I made a set for my Mom a few years ago. She loves music, so I did a collage of music notes in black stazon.
I just made a set for my son and his two roommates for their new apartment. The girls wanted a beach theme. I used the seashell set (I can't remember the name). I stamped black stazon, then used SU chalks and a Q tip to color in the shells. Next, I covered a cookie sheet with foil, and baked at 250 for about 20 minutes. They don't smell great. I let them cool, and took the tiles outside, and sprayed with an aerosol sealer. I waited a while, and spayed again. This keeps the chalks from rubbing off.
I'm not sure if all of these steps are necessary, but after reading up, that is what I decided to do.

I have also seen that you can color with sharpies, but I have never done that.
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are you still finding the tiles? I know there was a post saying they were discontinued, and I can't find them at our stores anymore. im in buffalo ny
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are you still finding the tiles? I know there was a post saying they were discontinued, and I can't find them at our stores anymore. im in buffalo ny
I believe those where a different kind, I just got mine a couple of months ago.
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I clean my tiles with a baby wipe, use stazon ink, and sharpie markers...thats it..let them dry and you are ready to go. I made some 3 years ago, use them everyday with hot and cold cups and not a spot has come off..you can rub as hard as you want, and the ink wont come off
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Thanks so much for the video and the suggestions!
Off to Lowe's or Home Depot this afternoon!

Another quick question -
I have a Open House in October...so what would you charge for a set of 4?

You ladies Rock!
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Off to Lowe's or Home Depot this afternoon!

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You ladies Rock!
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I was in an art store in Florida, and saw a set of 4 in an organdy bag for $35.00! I couldn't believe it. I think that if I was buying a set, $15 to $20 seems reasonable.
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I was in an art store in Florida, and saw a set of 4 in an organdy bag for $35.00! I couldn't believe it. I think that if I was buying a set, $15 to $20 seems reasonable.

HOLY COW! I had no idea! Considering that these are gonna cost less than $5.00/set to make...that is a heck of a return!

I was thinking 12.00 - 15.00/set depending on the details.
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Had my first craft fair of the season yesterday (& the first outdoor one I've ever done). I posted pics & thoughts on my experience on my blog

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Hopefully I'll have more insights on bestsellers with my next one!
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Thanks for sharing your day and trials and tribulations with us, Julie. I know it wasn't funny when it happened, but the ants made me smile.

My first craft fair experience will be November 7, indoors at a nearby church. It is the 6th year for the fair, so maybe they will have good attendance. I'm hoping anyway. Oklahoma has brutal hot summers, 100 degrees+ so I don't think I would even consider doing an outside event in the summertime here.

Your setup looks great and gosh, you sure have lots of wonderful things. When the dust settles, I hope you did better than you think you did.
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Thanks for sharing your day and trials and tribulations with us, Julie. I know it wasn't funny when it happened, but the ants made me smile.

My first craft fair experience will be November 7, indoors at a nearby church. It is the 6th year for the fair, so maybe they will have good attendance. I'm hoping anyway. Oklahoma has brutal hot summers, 100 degrees+ so I don't think I would even consider doing an outside event in the summertime here.

Your setup looks great and gosh, you sure have lots of wonderful things. When the dust settles, I hope you did better than you think you did.
Thanks The kids really enjoyed the ants too....
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Ok, folks, here's how it went!

For 3 days with decent weather and good crowds, I made of profit of (drum roll please...) $156. Not so great. I'm going to give it one more try though, with more variation in product...

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Old 08-24-2009, 05:51 AM   #1992
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Hey ladies. I've been stalking around here for a while. I'm doing my first craft fair September 19th. It's my first one so I don't want to make too much stuff, but I'm kind of afraid that I might not have enough or enough variety. How many different things do you usually take to a craft show and how much of each thing? I'm just afraid of running out. Do you take pictures or keep one of something if you do run out so people can order? Thanks for your help!
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Old 08-24-2009, 06:17 AM   #1993
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Morning!
Just got back from Home Depot on my quest for coaster tiles.
WELL! They have gotten pretty sneaky at my store - none of the tiles are in boxes anymore....they are all shrink-wrapped!
So no sitting on the floor digging through boxes for me!

I asked one of the employees about the potential of tiles being un-usable or broken since you can't see each one....he told me that they have had a lot of "women" complain about that and to bring those tiles back and they would replace them if I want. Not sure how they will do that since they are all packaged - but worth a try I guess? Then he asked "what do you ladies do with these things anyway?" LOL!

I'll let you know what I find once I get a chance to open them.

Happy Monday All!
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Old 08-24-2009, 06:27 AM   #1994
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Hey ladies. I've been stalking around here for a while. I'm doing my first craft fair September 19th. It's my first one so I don't want to make too much stuff, but I'm kind of afraid that I might not have enough or enough variety. How many different things do you usually take to a craft show and how much of each thing? I'm just afraid of running out. Do you take pictures or keep one of something if you do run out so people can order? Thanks for your help!
I'm probably not the best person to answer this because I ALWAYS make too much, but here's my take on it (if only I followed my own advice). If you're only doing one craft fair, then stick with only making a few of everything--unless it's really easy to make & a low ticket item--I make more of those. I do take pictures but I don't bring them with me. I just tell people what else I can make, offer to send a pic. Sometimes they want a different design or more than what I have so I take a custom order for later. I have a blog & facebook page too so it is easy for me to refer people.

Of course, if you can, keep in mind the size of the fair & how many more you'll have to sell your inventory & if you'll have time to restock in between fairs if necessary. You really won't know what sells til you've tried & each fair can be so different! I think about 7 to 10 different things would be a great way to start. An example of what I've done: notebooks w/pens (7) , post-it holders w/pens (15), pens alone (10), binder clips (12) , mini-albums (14), bookmarks (a bunch), cards (whatever I have on hand--I don't make extra for fairs), ornaments (about 10 per design--I make a lot of these! more than I should but I do a few fairs each year), magnets ( a bunch) and candles (10). Of course, I have stuff left over from the previous year so I'm finally at a point where I'm not starting from scratch completely. I also make altered art jewelry & barrettes but that's a whole different ballgame--just started branching out from traditional paper stuff this year.

The general advice I've heard is to limit the different designs of each item or people feel overwhelmed. I don't always follow this for the bigger items because I like to vary themes--oh well. But if I find something that works, I do tend to make more of it & repeat it year to year. Oh & also--a variety of different price points helps too. I also do a lot of buy 2 get a reduced price sort of thing & that tends to boost sales.

My very first fair season I had cards, ornaments, & frames--that's it. I took a few custom orders for more ornaments but I really should have had more variety because my table just didn't look that interesting & wouldn't make people stop to browse.

Hope that helps! Julie
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Old 08-24-2009, 06:29 AM   #1995
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Morning!
Just got back from Home Depot on my quest for coaster tiles.
WELL! They have gotten pretty sneaky at my store - none of the tiles are in boxes anymore....they are all shrink-wrapped!
So no sitting on the floor digging through boxes for me!

I asked one of the employees about the potential of tiles being un-usable or broken since you can't see each one....he told me that they have had a lot of "women" complain about that and to bring those tiles back and they would replace them if I want. Not sure how they will do that since they are all packaged - but worth a try I guess? Then he asked "what do you ladies do with these things anyway?" LOL!

I'll let you know what I find once I get a chance to open them.

Happy Monday All!
Beth

That's awesome--bring a final product to show him so he can talk intelligently with the other "ladies."
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Old 08-24-2009, 07:12 AM   #1996
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I did get my coasters at Home Depot and Lowes,...sat on the floor and sorted,...even with careful sorting you end up with some that are less desireable,I have both a reg and a thin sharpie that I "fix" things with. I wipe the dust with a damp towel stamp with staz on bake at 375 for 12 min cool color with chalks using a blender pen for detail or Q tip. I always seal with a coat of polly,I use satin finish,always get the roll of pre glued cork and cut tu fit entire back. Have never had a complaint,...I sell both individual and sets,...usually $3.50 a peice and $14.00 for a set. They usually sell very well. Price varity is so important!!! I try to have $1.00 items and the coasters are my spendy item.
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Old 08-24-2009, 07:23 AM   #1997
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ops,forgot,I don't bake them on anything but the racks in the oven,they fit fine as I do a large volume,...more then 100 the last 2 days,it would take forever. Dosent hurt anything and I just wipe them off,the racks,when I'm done.
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he told me that they have had a lot of "women" complain about that and to bring those tiles back and they would replace them if I want.
Just an FYI for anyone in the future...

When we bought our home a few years back we wanted to put a ceiling fan in my Mom's room. We went to Lowe's and bought one and it was stapled shut like they do at the factory.

We got home, took all the pieces out and 2 of the 4 globes were broken. We packed it back up and took it back. The manager told us to go over to the fan area and get another box and bring it to the customer service area - we thought ok, we'll get the whole thing. Nope! He opened it and took out 2 globes, took out our 2 broken ones and bid us a good day.

Now I always check anything and everything before I pull out of a parking lot.

On another note, I've subscribed to this thread. All of you are so amazing, and you are such inspirations!!
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I made these adorable bug pins, Think would do well at a craft store, I've posted on my blog, but hope you guys will give me your opinion on how much to charge.

They are easy, but transparencies are expensive. So, the break down is something like this:

Here is the breakdown of the costs:

You get 25 transparencies for about $35.00 or $1.40 per sheet
I can make about 12 bug pins from each sheet meaning they cost .12 cents each. They take about 10 min to complete twelve. Umm google eyes I don't remember how much they are. Same with pin backs.

I was thinking $5.00 - $7.00 each do you guys think that is fair?
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Those would be cute on skinny dowel rods for plants and flower pots too.
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