Now that the dust has settled from my first craft market, I can say that it was a success! I learned a LOT. From how to use the Square reader, adding proper tax (NOT .055% but 5.5 %), how to merchandise a tent, and how to best make your items appealing. The other venders were really curious about how well I did financially, and I just told them that I broke even, all of the money that I spent on the market rental fee, the new sewing machine I bought, the fabrics and materials, I made all of that money back and from this point on everything is profit, and they told me that was a really good thing. I was told some amazing compliments, like how unique my items were, how some people thought my tent was the best at the fair, and how cute and well crafted everything was.
I found a Living Social deal from BannerBuzz.com and got my 3×6 banner for just $18!
My fiancée made the branch display with hooks to hang the larger bags off of. We got the branch in his parent’s woods.
We got the idea for these branch displays from Pinterest too, and he was able to make them for me. He just loves an excuse to use the hole saw.
I made price signs for bulk items in picture frames from the Dollar Store.
I found some great display pieces in the alley up the street.
We saw some interesting characters, and pet a lot of puppies.
I made rice pack chickens for door stoppers or kids toys. They were a good attention grabber!
The whales were a hit too. I sold more to adults than to children.
It was fun to see my creations on display to let people look at. Months of hard work was finally paying off. If you are a crafter and love to be creative I totally recommend doing a craft market. Everything that didn’t sell will be on my Etsy store in the next few weeks.