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Old 12-01-2009, 11:40
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I talked to a promoter yesterday about a show she is organizing. It is going to be a local convention center and runs sat-sun. So far she has about 200 crafters/retailers/direct sales booths. The fee is $150 or $200 with electricity.
My big concern is that this is the first year for it. The fee is high and I am worried that it wont have the traffic. Most of the shows I've done have run $40-50 in fees. Even when traffic was bad at the other shows, I've managed to over my table fees but to lay out $200 and not make it back, yikes.
She said I would be the only bow maker but as I've learned, you never really know what others are selling until the show. She has 50 participants selling children items, who knows how many will end up selling bows.
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Old 12-01-2009, 11:43
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Sometimes you have to take a risk. I'd say with 200 vendors there is bound to be at least enough traffic to make the $200 back. Do you know where they are advertising at? When is the show? Would you have enough stock or enough time to make the stock?
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I havent seen any advertising for it. I found out about it from the woman's small business association.
I would have enough stock, plus I would get the booth with electricity so I could make items while there.
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Old 12-01-2009, 11:46
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if it were me I would go for it! I typically pay about 100-400 for a show (I have to get 2-3 spaces though)) even though it is a new show, with that amount of venders ther eis GOING to be traffic! I have been trying to find some shows in my area but am having NO LUCK! they are all in the spring unless i drive 100 miles grrr
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Maybe you should ask if they are advertising at all. @PrincessFancyPants when you need two spaces do you pay 200x3?
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