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Old 11-26-2018, 08:26 PM   #1
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I was excited when I received an invitation to be a vendor at a local 2019 women's conference. It's a one day event, 9 - 6pm. However my excitement quickly faded when I read the booth/table fees start at $550 up to $1200 and that is for early registration by 12/31/18.
No way, too costly for me. I'll stick with community events with vendor fees no more than $60 with or without donation.

How much would you pay and/or what is the most you've paid to be a vendor to sell your goods?
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Old 11-27-2018, 05:04 AM   #2
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The most I've seen for a booth locally is $55, and in the 2 shows I've done I paid $10 and $25 ... sounds like they are looking more for established retailers who can put up a pop-up shop. Those are trade show booth prices!
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The most I've seen for a booth locally is $55, and in the 2 shows I've done I paid $10 and $25 ... sounds like they are looking more for established retailers who can put up a pop-up shop. Those are trade show booth prices!
That's what I was thinking! NO WAY would I pay that kind of money! You'd probably have to pay at least that much in materials to make enough items to sell to even think about recouping your investment, let alone make a profit! There's a "gambling" aspect to these shows to begin with - I've done well at some, tanked at others - with similar items, even. You just never know what kind of buying mood people will be in and what they'll be looking for. They say "only gamble as much as you're willing to lose", and I'm not willing to lose much, so I'd be at the $25 mark, most likely.
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Old 11-27-2018, 07:34 AM   #4
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Yep, I think $25 will be my max too, and indoor shows only.
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Old 11-27-2018, 07:37 AM   #5
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Just a very different type of event not targeted to someone selling crafts. Even the Stamp & SB Expos charge very large fees, generally too high for even LSS’s unless they also have a big on-line presence. Plus there are additional large charges like electricity to booths.

The venues that host the events charge a lot to the company or organization renting the space, which recoups the cost from the sellers. An exception might be if a venue was discounting space for a charitable event.
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Those are 'established yearly convention at a major metropolitan city' level prices, yikes.

I would not put down anywhere close to 100$+ without having attended the event in question before, thus knowing the expected numbers of attendees and more importantly, what kind of products they're expecting. 'Women's Conference' doesn't really tell you much about your potential customers. All too often I've heard of crafters signing up for shows that end up being nothing but MLM garbage booths.
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Back when I was an active demonstrator, I was approached about having a table at a local Greek festival. Small tables (not even a booth) started at $700... uh, no.
That’s a lot of gyros...
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I volunteered at a artisan holiday fair last Saturday, the ran from Friday - Sunday. There were less than 60 artist and craft vendors at the event. I can only imagine how much they paid for a spot for the three day event. I was chatting with one of pottery artists and she told me traffic from shoppers on Friday was low, and it was about the same on Saturday. There were a lot of looky loos but she did not any sales.
I would have been so upset after paying all that money. But it is what they (those who can afford it) do.
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Imagine the amount of product you would have to sell to break even...egads!! $50.00 was the most I have spent and I looked at it as a donation.
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As a paper artist (mini albums of various sizes, holiday cards), I've been doing craft shows for several years. My limit for a good one day show is $50. If I'm not sure of a show, the limit is $35. I'm getting up in years, so I no longer do 2 day shows or outdoor shows.
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What do you all charge per card? I have a range of cards that have layers, embellishments, and die cuts. I was thinking of $2/card but everyone kept telling me that was too low. Now I am at $3/card or 2 for $5. Any thoughts?
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I make multi-dimensional holiday cards, usually with lots of dramatic floral displays that are way too thick for normal postage envelopes. I include a free 6"x 9" padded envelope at a price of $6 per card, or 3/$15. Hallmark doesn't sell anything like this! True, postage will cost at least $3.50 to mail, but my customers see my cards as a gift. I usually get special orders throughout the year for birthdays, sympathy, etc. My main sellers are my highly embellished mini albums...again, lots of handmade floral displays. Every show results in special orders throughout the year. Please note that I am fully retired and I see time differently than I used to and, thus, my prices are below what I see on Internet sites for similar projects. I'm not very tech savvy...no idea how to post photos. Hope my words have been helpful.
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What do you all charge per card? I have a range of cards that have layers, embellishments, and die cuts. I was thinking of $2/card but everyone kept telling me that was too low. Now I am at $3/card or 2 for $5. Any thoughts?
I forgot to mention that I include the envelope as well and that the craft sale is tomorrow in my building at work! I'll post back at how well (or not) I did.
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Karen, good luck with your sale.

I'd say you could easily get $3 for YOUR cards and certainly 2/$5.
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I pay $30 to $40 for a booth. $50 would be my limit.

Re cards prices - I get $3 to $6 per card depending on how complex it is. A simple embossed only card, maybe with one stamped image is $3. A card with a scalloped middle layer and an embossed top layer with bling on it is $6. All my cards are on 110# paper.
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