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Old 12-10-2019, 03:07 PM   #7841
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Oh I forgot to say I was pleasantly surprised with how well the fabric Bookmarks I made sold! I mean I expected to sell them but I thought that they would be enough to start me off for next year. That isnt the case! I will definitely be making a whole bunch over the year!


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The most disappointing item for me this year were the paperclip/planner bookmark sets of 3. People barely looked at them.


This year I was surprised by how many hair clip sets I sold. I have these on my table every year just to have variety. I sold them all in the first couple shows and had to make more this year. I think it's because the vendors who used to sell them have stopped coming. They were on trend a few years back. People still like them though. This is one of the main reasons I like to have variety on my table as different things appeal to different people!


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Very Cute!! I too used to have bows but I haveny put them out in a while. I had someone ask but I didnt have them with me.
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Are all the craft shows over now and how did you do this year?
It seems to me there were less people reporting on their sales....maybe my imagination.
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So my last show ot the year was eh. It was the first time I did the event. It rained all day. The parking lot was half taken up with construction equiptment. And parking was at a minimum. Previous tears no good was offered. This year they offered hot dogs and sloppy joes. Hoy dogs I could see...but sloppy Joe's seem more like a stay-at-home in case you make a mess food to me. I don't know how many they sold. There were 2 floors, I was upstairs. The aisles were tight and I felt like people didnt go down the aisles if there were too many people in them so I felt I missed out on some potential customers. A lot of the vendors who had been there years prior kept remarking how slow it was. So I am undecided if I will give it another try next year. Maybe. They did announce that they were looking for a bigger location for next year so we will see. I still made 3x my table cost so it wasnt horrible. Just a lot of work for small sales. Prior my lowest show was a 9-3 and I cleared almost $650. I was tired by the time this one came around and honestly I was thinking I was going to make only about $100. I did do better then that so I am not completely disappointed. My friend rented the table next to mine and sold Color Street. She didnt sell anything. She didnt need the whole table so she let me set up my card rack and dishcloths on the end of her table. 😊

Best sellers were still the fabric bookmarks, gift card holders, spiral notebooks, easel calendars,mini tic tac favors and mini coffee and Kcup gift card holders.
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I wanted to add that this year I did NOT make the Hershey trees. I was asked at every show if I had them. I guess I dropped the ball there!!
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well one thing for sure, we make a decision on what to make and go for it. You win some and you loose some. We have probably all made items for a number of years that are always well received, other ideas we think are great turn out not so much.
Personally in the past if I came up with an idea that I felt would be a best seller, I would make a ton of that item because I felt sure it was going to be a hit. Boy to be younger again and have that much courage to take such a chance . Fortunately I was successful with what I called “ take the money and run”.
One year while selling lot of quilted items I took such a chance.it was the year Cabbage patch dolls were the big thing. I designed a very simple carrier or bunting bag as we called them them in those days. They were really cute and I was as selling at a large convention centre Christmas sale. I took my own doll and put it in the bag and pinned it up high on the curtain behind me in my booth were it could be seen from many angles. I could not not keep up as people were buying 4 at a time which I sold for $15 each. I think the total cost to make was $3 and I was buying supplies wholesale at the time.I just made them one year ......i since had several other items of original design which were as successful I guess because they were original and Unlike anything anyone sold. Now older more cautious, I am thinking of getting into selling again, because heaven knows I have a lot of supplies.

I think a lot depends on knowing your customers what location sale is held at, and where you live. Those that have successfully learned this will be in a better position to forecast what to make.

I did have some things I made in the past that I thought were going to sell well, but only made a few to test the waters. Fortunately this worked out and I was never stuck with inventory I had to find a home for.

I never made food items for sale, but I certainly make a lot of Gift and Favour boxes which I really love to do now.
I enjoy reading about the various reports here as they are as varied as the items being sold
On to 2020.Best of luck in all your crafting decisions.
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I feel like you are the expert here, Tammy.
But....I took a composition book and made it into a book to keep passwords in for myself. My daughter loved the idea, so I made one for her, and a couple more to try to sell. The letter tabs took a one time, so I asked $10. I just do one Fair a year. None sold there. I also do a small open house at a friend�s house. I sold one there. I may buy some in August when they are cheap for back to school, and lower the price to $8.
I did books and didnt really do anything to the insides, but I included some tabs, in case people wanted them, in a small plastic bag. I sold then for $5 and they sold very well! Specifically the Holiday Planners!
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I know there are some people that sell their cards in sales or in small businesses.
I wonder if anyone sold wine tags or gift tags especially at Christmas?
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well one thing for sure, we make a decision on what to make and go for it. You win some and you loose some. We have probably all made items for a number of years that are always well received, other ideas we think are great turn out not so much.
Personally in the past if I came up with an idea that I felt would be a best seller, I would make a ton of that item because I felt sure it was going to be a hit. Boy to be younger again and have that much courage to take such a chance . Fortunately I was successful with what I called “ take the money and run”.
One year while selling lot of quilted items I took such a chance.it was the year Cabbage patch dolls were the big thing. I designed a very simple carrier or bunting bag as we called them them in those days. They were really cute and I was as selling at a large convention centre Christmas sale. I took my own doll and put it in the bag and pinned it up high on the curtain behind me in my booth were it could be seen from many angles. I could not not keep up as people were buying 4 at a time which I sold for $15 each. I think the total cost to make was $3 and I was buying supplies wholesale at the time.I just made them one year ......i since had several other items of original design which were as successful I guess because they were original and Unlike anything anyone sold. Now older more cautious, I am thinking of getting into selling again, because heaven knows I have a lot of supplies.

I think a lot depends on knowing your customers what location sale is held at, and where you live. Those that have successfully learned this will be in a better position to forecast what to make.

I did have some things I made in the past that I thought were going to sell well, but only made a few to test the waters. Fortunately this worked out and I was never stuck with inventory I had to find a home for.

I never made food items for sale, but I certainly make a lot of Gift and Favour boxes which I really love to do now.
I enjoy reading about the various reports here as they are as varied as the items being sold
On to 2020.Best of luck in all your crafting decisions.


Last year, I made a ton of those little paper purses with candy in them. I put a sign that they were great coworker or teacher gifts. I made a lot and didn’t sell any. My daughter, who works as a school counselor, took a bunch for gifts for the teachers at her school. (I made up some bags for the male teachers.)
I’ve decided I’m not doing anything with candy.

This year, I started diamond painting. They sell small ones to do as keychains or purse decorations. I bought a bunch, worked them up, and advertised them as ornaments. My daughter runs my booth (I run the whole fair). I got a little Christmas tree for her to hang them on, and she said they sold like crazy!
I’ll see if I can find a link.

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=diamond+p...b_sb_ss_i_1_24
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Last year, I made a ton of those little paper purses with candy in them. I put a sign that they were great coworker or teacher gifts. I made a lot and didn’t sell any. My daughter, who works as a school counselor, took a bunch for gifts for the teachers at her school. (I made up some bags for the male teachers.)
I’ve decided I’m not doing anything with candy.

This year, I started diamond painting. They sell small ones to do as keychains or purse decorations. I bought a bunch, worked them up, and advertised them as ornaments. My daughter runs my booth (I run the whole fair). I got a little Christmas tree for her to hang them on, and she said they sold like crazy!
I’ll see if I can find a link.

Amazon.com: diamond painting key chains kits: Arts, Crafts & Sewing
Wow, I can see why they sold. Good for you! I have no idea of the cost or time required but they could be what I refer to as “bread and butter “ items.
Those are things that are either quick and easy to make or very low cost in supplies. However these could be neither of these. This could also apply to something that just appeals to people and you know they will be steady sellers for a while.

I only make candy gifts for family and friends, as well as various boxes for my daughter who works in a school office.
My grandsons know I can’t give them a Hershey’s kiss without packaging it up😀

I always had bread and butter items each year . I found that sometimes a person could only buy something small from me, but next year bigger budget and would buy a more expensive item.

We wintered down south for 3 months for past 14 years. Got tired of the drive especially as weather conditions in Jan seemed to have more storms and delays. This year Maui for a month, do will have more time in winter to create.

Thanks for sharing.
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I’m at my daughter’s babysitting grand kitties this week, when I get home,I’ll post a picture of some completed ones.
They are relatively fast to make, but they are two-sided, then have to be sealed. I buy them for a bit less than on Amazon. I figure about $1.50 or $1.75 for materials, and sold them for $3.00 or 4 for $10 (or something like that).
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I’m at my daughter’s babysitting grand kitties this week, when I get home,I’ll post a picture of some completed ones.
They are relatively fast to make, but they are two-sided, then have to be sealed. I buy them for a bit less than on Amazon. I figure about $1.50 or $1.75 for materials, and sold them for $3.00 or 4 for $10 (or something like that).

Where can you buy them cheaper? I have looked online for things like these and cannot find them cheap enough to make it worthwhile. Can you PM me?
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Are all the craft shows over now and how did you do this year?
It seems to me there were less people reporting on their sales....maybe my imagination.

Well, I thought I did but, I guess I spaced it. This year I had what was two 6'X12' spaces back to back so, I had a 12' square spot in the center of the gym. ( this doubled the booth cost) and I still did a little more money than the previous year with half of the space but, I was also able to get in almost the whole display I used to do up and down the hallway.

I still had a lot of comments of people who just "found" my booth again this last November. ( I was in the hallway that connects the gym and cafeteria in a school for around 7 years) and I did well out there, but it is very drafty on the bitterly cold years as its right off the main entrance doors to the school. and so, for me moving into the Gym was worth it for having a power plug and the no shivering thing.

The first day I did not sell any of the mini coffee cups, then my secretary came after work for the last hour and sold maybe 4 of them, the next day I reorganized the coffee cups moving them higher on a ladder and sold about half of what I had taken with me. I also tried some smaller keys I found at Micheals with I made smaller tags for them than I used to and those did not sell at all ( I only made 7 or 8 )

the bulk of what I sold was Christmas and birthday cards with gift card holders. the people who normally buy say empty altered gift sacks I did not see so, I did not sell as many of those as normal.

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Stacy, I am curious as to how Christmas tags sold? My daughter has been encouraging to approach a shop to sell at Christmas.
While I have a lot of experience selling in all types of venues it as always with a variety of items.
This would be only tags so wondered how you packaged and priced them.
Currently I usually color and or use die cuts on my cards.
They are not what I would call quick and easy but I do make them assembly style.
each year I make 100 or a little more between my daughter and myself for our own use.

When I see dollar store tags, I wonder if people buy tags that are more creative or will pay for something a little more upscale so to speak.

Thanks so much for your input.
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That’s an interesting question, Irene. I’ve made gift tags out of old Christmas cards. I die cut the best part of the card front, and make assorted sizes. I stamp To: From: on the back, and add a pretty cord.
I use them myself, but have never sold any. I package them in a clear bag. I can’t remember, but I think six in a pkg.
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Irene, tags are probably the biggest selling thing as that is what I have the most of bulk wise. ( I am including gift card holders in that as a side thought)

I fill a coffee table upstairs in the hobby room with some containers of them, I packaged them in clear bags that fit their size. ( we order from clear bags dot com at work) for bags for holding dry ice purchases so, its not a big thing for me to tack on my envelopes to an order.


so, basically I cut tag die shapes from a lot of scraps all year long, and I tend to cut my "new dies" and my sentiments also all year long so, when it is say a month or two away from the booth I mostly stand there gluing things together.sometimes I just gather these things together and put them in a drawer and then haul them to the table so, I don't have to hunt for much and its kinda sorta an assembly line but, the pieces end up looking a little different. if you click the "gift tags" or 3X3 tabs on the blog you'll see long posts with lots of mug shots not much chatter. the kinds that I make, they sell for me.
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