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Old 08-07-2012, 08:31
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I have done small craft fairs... usually 15-30 fee. I did one fair that cost 50... but i always seem to average about 60-80 in profit (after cost of show)... I want to do a few this fall but am wondering if its worth doing some more smaller ones or if i should just do one big fair and just put my money towards the bigger fair. I'm scared that I'll only average about 80 or so. i dont want to pay 100 and only profit 80...

Do you notice a difference in profit when you do more expensive bigger shows. Do you think it would be worth it for me to take a risk and do a bigger show... I'm just scared lol...

any advice would be appreciated...

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Old 08-07-2012, 09:03
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I had a good year of learning. It's not about the cost of the show...it's more about the number of people that come to your show, the type of people (the kind that would buy your items), and more importantly your booth location. I once was located at the end of the gym aisle, no one came down to even visit my booth. You want to make sure people have to walk past your booth. The more people that come the better - so the bigger shows, not necessarily the most expensive ones might be better.

And some times there are no rhyme or reason why you sell big and why you sell hardly nothing...good luck!
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Old 08-07-2012, 10:06
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Around here, the bigger shows are the more expensive shows. I don't consider many small shows unless it's for charity, etc. I would say to give big shows a shot. You never know until you give it a try and every business has risk. I don't think investing tons of time and money in to shows are worth 60-80 profit so I would definitely try something BIGGER. To find the good shows ask other crafters (not bow makers) what shows they like and do well at.
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